Can You Drink Moonshine Straight??

While most people drink it straight from the jar (more on that in a minute), moonshine makes an exceptionally good spirit for cocktails.

Think about it, it’s basically whiskey.

Keep the vodka and gin on the shelf and mix in White Lightning in their place.

You’ll be amazed by the result.

What is moonshine and why is it illegal?

Moonshine is any illegally made distilled alcohol. Classically it is corn liquor distilled from fermented corn and / or sugar. Distilling alcohol without state and federal permits is illegal in every single state in the US. Making moonshine is illegal because the government wishes to collect tax revenue.

Can you go blind from drinking moonshine?

One common concern with moonshine is lead poisoning, which has been linked to blindness. Today the most common cause of blindness from drinking is methanol. Methanol, otherwise known as methyl alcohol or wood alcohol, can damage the optic nerve and even kill you in high concentrations.

What does real moonshine taste like?

Vodka tastes like exceptionally smooth rubbing alcohol. Vodka has a milder taste. I think moonshine smells closer to turpentine than it does to vodka. But both have mostly the flavor of the alcohol dominating the taste.

Does moonshine get you drunk?

The alcohol in moonshine is the same as that of beer, wine, gin, etc. Pick your poison, and it’s the same alcohol. It is called ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, and it’ll get you drunk–some faster, some slower. Shots of Tequila tend to get downed much quicker than a 12 oz. bottle of beer.

Does moonshine go bad?

Although standard moonshine will never spoil no matter the amount of time you store it, flavored moonshine is a different story and has the potential go bad over time. Even once you open a jar of flavored moonshine, it will last for several years before becoming unsafe to drink or losing its taste.

How much moonshine can you make legally?

While most states prohibit home moonshining, state laws sometimes conflict with federal law. In Missouri, for example, a person 21 or over may produce up to 100 gallons of spirits per year for personal consumption without a permit.

Is legal moonshine the same as illegal?

“Technically, it’s not a tax-based liquor. But it’s not just a technical term. Moonshine is a cultural term,” she says. “It’s a process more than a legal status.

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