Moonshine, once a burning (and illegal) liquor, has now become legitimate.
Still, the drink evokes colorful memories of the early 20th century Prohibition, fast cars, and makeshift photos in the Appalachian forests. So when it’s time to celebrate National Illegal Alcohol Day on June 4, you can treat yourself to not feeling guilty.
The drink achieved legendary status after the passage of the 18th Amendment (Ban) in 1919. At that time, Americans who wanted to drink alcohol had to turn to the day’s black market, which belonged to moonshiners and smugglers. They distilled the illegal alcohol and then turned it in, making everyone involved criminal.
Today, major distilleries sell illegal alcohol, seeking to rekindle nostalgic memories of the illicit drink. But luckily, the days of cheap and questionable beers with deadly pollutants are over.
NATIONAL MOONSHINE DAY ACTIVITIES
Try an artisanal whiskey
Artisanal whiskeys are distilled by small companies or even individuals. These whiskeys are made in a non-mechanized way. So if you want to feel like you’re celebrating the moonlight days, a craft whiskey will bring you closer than drinking large quantities of whiskey from one of the known distillers. We cannot guarantee that your artisanal whiskey comes from an alembic in someone’s backyard, but neither can we guarantee that either.
Watch a NASCAR race
The origin of NASCAR is full of stories of smugglers transporting illegal alcohol in their worn cars, fleeing from the authorities. As the need for smugglers diminished, drivers needed a way to show off their fast cars. Eventually they began competing with each other on local back roads, and then on earth ovals. NASCAR was born. Historians note that North Carolina’s tradition of motor racing developed in smuggler’s garages, particularly on the roads between North Wilkesboro and Charlotte. Today’s NASCAR doesn’t look much like the early days of back roads and smugglers, but whiskey doesn’t look much like the risk of moonlight blindness, either. Both are good things.
Work in the moonlight
Do you want to get an idea of the difficulty of moonlight? Those who made illegal alcohol had to work in the dark to help them hide from the authorities. The moonlight was his only guide. So you can try doing an outdoor task only in the moonlight. (Preferably something that does not involve fast moving blades or working on a ladder, please safety first, after all).
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL MOONSHINE DAY
Craft cocktails are all the rage right now, and many of them require infused liquor. The best way to make yours is to start with some good old-fashioned alcohol, then just pick your mixes (herbs are a great bet) and let them marinate. You may not be making your own liquor, but the spirit of the thing is there!
Those who made moonshines were creative, making up cool nicknames and songs to celebrate their lifestyle. Songs like “Copper Kettle” and “Apple Pie Moonshine” helped create and highlight the smuggling legend and make it shine ‘. Then there are the nicknames for alcohol: skull cracker, white lightning, mule and radiator whiskey, among others. It’s hard for ad agency copywriters to keep up with smugglers’ creativity.
The era (or mistake?) Of Prohibition
As we increasingly live in an era of recreational use of marijuana, the ban seems downright picturesque. (It is the only amendment to the Constitution that is repealed). The existence of moonlight reminds us to be thankful that we live in a country where certain freedoms are allowed (for the moment, anyway).