In NH we are lucky to have great liquor stores. They have a giant inventory. I tend to go for the same brands most of the time. Other times I will try something new. Usually these new products are chosen based on interesting packaging. This is exactly how I ended up trying Ole-Smoky Moonshine.

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The Ole Smoky Moonshine comes in mason jars. They also offer nips in mini mason jars. These mini mason jars are the cutest things! So when they went on sale, I couldn’t resist! The liquor store had three flavors available in this size; Apple Pie, White Lightnin’, and Hunch Punch.

We decided the best way to do an initial test was to try each straight. This allows us to get a clear smell and taste of the product without anything to distract.

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Apple Pie

This has a very strong apple pie scent and flavor. As much as we love apple pie, drinking it is a bit weird. As my husband put it: “I don’t like drinking apple pie”. This doesn’t taste unpleasant. But for our preferences, we wouldn’t want to drink it on it’s own. It might be good in a mixed drink.

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White Lightnin’

This has a strong odor which we believe is reminiscent of rubbing alcohol. It has a strong alcohol flavor. Again, we wouldn’t want to drink on it’s own, but it may be good in a mixed drink. We believe this could be a good replacement for vodka.

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Hunch Punch

This smells like a boozy hawaiian punch. It also has a fruit punch flavor. You can taste the alcohol. However it is not as overwhelming as the others. If served really cold, this could be good as a shot. It would also be delicious in a mixed drink. I think mixing this with Sprite would make a punchy adult Shirley Temple.

The alcohol content is different with each variety.
Apple Pie – 70 Proof
White Lightnin’ – 100 Proof
Hunch Punch – 80 Proof
Based on these numbers, we were definitely able to taste the alcohol in the White Lightnin’ which makes sense as it has a substantially higher ABV.

We tested these straight. However we agree that these were realistically intended to be mixed into a cocktail. The Ole Smoky Moonshine website gives drink recipes for each of their products. One such example is that they suggest mixing the Hunch Punch with their Margarita Moonshine and lemon-lime soda. According to the Ole Smoky website Margarita Moonshine is only available at their distillery. So I think this could be replaced by margarita mix. Either way that combination sounds delicious. We will try some of these soon!

Categories: Cocktail Chronicles

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