Instead of spending top dollar on so-called Ole Smoky ‘real moonshine’ you can create your own delicious white lightning. One of the best parts about making your own moonshine is the ability to create amazing recipes from the comforts of home for a fraction of the price.
One of the biggest draws to companies like Ole Smoky is the availability of lots of different types of moonshine. While many are still stuck in the belief that moonshine tastes horrible and is dangerous to drink, they are pleasantly surprised to see it available in a variety of different flavors.
Easy to Make Flavored Moonshine at Home
While most people enjoy flavoured liquors, they don’t realize how truly simple it is to flavor spirits from the comforts of home.
By creating your own flavors and flavor combinations, you have the option to not only create your favorite spirits from the comfort of home, but you can also create a great tasting moonshine using simple ingredients.
This is an important point for many who want to have more control over what they are putting in their body. Our recipes often only use ingredients you can find in your fridge or pantry (or at the local supermarket). You don’t have to worry about sourcing speciality items.
So now that we know making our own is a better option than overpaying for bottled ‘moonshine’, the question is how. Making moonshine sounds great in theory, but how do you actually do it?
Making moonshine is not something everyone knows how to do. However, fermenting grain into alcohol is an American pastime that started well before we even had a country. Many early pioneers began fermenting grain into whiskey when they realized it increased the profits for their corn.
It was an imposed ‘Whiskey Tax’ to pay for the Revolutionary War that made moonshine go underground. Before this whiskey was actually often used as a form of currency.
Is it Difficult to Make Moonshine?
So we know moonshine is an American pastime, the question is how do we actually do it?
One of the best things about moonshine is that it can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it.
Often ‘shiners start out using simple techniques and ingredients and gradually start using more complex recipes and techniques.
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The Right Equipment Makes all the Difference
When it comes to making flavored shine, we often suggest using our Mist 1 Gallon Air Still. The Mist is about the size of your kitchen kettle and just as easy to use. It has a plug and play design which means you can get quality spirits at the touch of a button.
While traditional stills require a water input and output to regulate temperature, the Mist features a built-in fan. This means that its operation does not require any additional water. This makes the Mist the perfect option for the cottage, boat, trailer or those living with limited water resources.
The Mist’s simple design lends itself well to our simple moonshine recipes. When flavoring your shine, we often suggest using a sugar shine base. You can also choose to substitute white sugar for brown sugar to make our Brown Sugar Moonshine. If you want an even richer flavor, try our Honey Moonshine.
Once you have your moonshine, you can easily flavor it to recreate any of the Ole Smoky recipes.
For example, we have our own version of many of their popular recipes. Including: