Moonshine Mayhem – Americana in a Jar

I was exposed to my first round of Moonshine this week – Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine to be exact. Made from a 100 year old recipe, I couldn’t believe how good it tasted, and not even a slight hangover the next day. At the Nice Guy LA right on Melrose and La Cienega, we tasted concoctions that included blackberry moonshine, peach moonshine, apple pie moonshine, and even White Lightnin’ made from 100% grain neutral spirits that have been distilled six times for premium smoothness.


All of the Tennessee Moonshine (some 40 proof, some 100 proof) is made from corn grown from local farmers. The Original Moonshine is unaged whiskey made from their century old recipe. Each Moonshine experience is sold in a very large 750 mL mason jar. There is even a large jar of Moonshine Cherries. Two cherries equal one shot, and the remaining liquid Cherry Moonshine is perfect straight up or in a Dirty Shirley, Cherry Amaretto, or Cherry Cola. You can find a party size container sold of Moonshine now at Costco in California.

The Hunch Punch Lightnin was one of my favorites.  It offers a delicious combination of orange pineapple and cherry juices, like a “party in your mouth.” Try this medley below.


  • 1 part Ole Smoky® Hunch Punch Lightnin’
  • 1 part Lemon Lime Soda
  • Garnish: Fresh Lime or Lemon Wedge

On their Moonshine website, you can type in your zip code, and find the closest places that offer this Ole Smokey Tennessee Moonshine Mayhem. Don’t forget to ‘Shine Responsibly’ and share your #MoonshineStories and pictures on social media.

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