What is moonshine?

  • (noun): Whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash.
    Synonyms: bootleg, corn liquor
    See also — Additional definitions below


Moonshine (meaning illicit distillation, also called white lightning, mountain dew, hooch, "Tennessee white whiskey", and many other names) is a very high proof, often 190 proof (95% alcohol), distilled spirit. The word is believed to derive from early English smugglers and illegal Appalachian distillers who clandestinely (i.e., by the light of the moon) produced and distributed whiskey.

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Moonshine (disambiguation)
... Moonshine is moonlight, the light that reaches Earth from the Moon Moonshine may also refer to Moonshine, colloquial term for illicitly distilled, illegally produced alcoholic beverages Moonshine ...
Cosby, Tennessee - History - Moonshining
... Cosby was known to East Tennesseans as "The Moonshine Capital of the World." Of Cosby's moonshiners, Smith recalled Like other Appalachian communities at the base of ... and in the late 19th century began to supplement their income by selling moonshine ... coves and thick forests of the Smokies were the perfect cover for moonshine stills ...
Cirrus (band) - Discography - Albums
... Drop the Break (Moonshine Music, 1997) Back on a Mission (Moonshine, 1998) Counterfeit (Moonshine, 2002) ...
Moonshine, New Zealand
... Moonshine is a suburb of Upper Hutt, located in the lower North Island of New Zealand ... It is a rural suburb between Upper Hutt and Paekakariki ...
Moonshine (disambiguation) - Places
... Moonshine, Illinois, United States Moonshine Township, Minnesota, United States Moonshine, New Zealand, Upper Hutt, New Zealand ...

More definitions of "moonshine":

  • (verb): Distill (alcohol) illegally; produce moonshine.

Famous quotes containing the word moonshine:

    O ruddier than the cherry,
    O sweeter than the berry,
    O Nymph more bright
    Than moonshine night,
    Like kidlings blithe and merry.
    Ripe as the melting cluster,
    No lily has such lustre,
    Yet hard to tame,
    As raging flame,
    And fierce as storms that bluster.
    John Gay (1685–1732)

    Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes, and groves,
    And ye that on the sands with printless foot
    Do chase the ebbing Neptune, and do fly him
    When he comes back; you demi-puppets that
    By moonshine do the green sour ringlets make,
    Whereof the ewe not bites; and you whose pastime
    Is to make midnight mushrooms,
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)