Moonshine has it’s roots in the backwoods of the South during prohibition. Nowadays, it usually means unaged whiskey that’s usually clear (aging in barrels turns the booze brown). Junior Johnson distills a line of moonshines out of North Carolina, and while they have their flagship clear moonshine product, they also have a line of naturally flavored moonshines as well, including Apple Pie, Cherry, Strawberry, Blueberry, and Cranberry, all smartly packaged in 750 ml mason jars.
While the plain Midnight Moon is likely great for cocktails, much like Silver Coyote is, the apple pie flavor I tried is pretty great on its own, over ice. It’s got apple juice mixed with it and a little piece of cinnamon stick in the jar. Midnight Moon Apple Pie is 35% ABV and has some sweetness from the apple juice, but wasn’t unbearably sweet for a guy who normally drinks pretty dry drinks. It has a great, natural, apple and cinnamon flavor.
Midnight Moon’s flavors are a good choice at the liquor store because they’re an all-in-one drink – a jar of this and some ice, and you have some pretty decent drinks that most people will enjoy. It’s less liquor-forward and is pretty accessible. Here’s a recipe for a warm and toasty winter punch:
Mountaineer Punch (by Greg Mays)
- 1 mason jar of Midnight Moon Apple Pie
- 2 mason jars of apple cider
- warm on the stovetop and serve at parties!