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THL: What is it?
Just like apple pie! Well, sort of. It’s a blend of pure apple juice, cinnamon and spice and, of course, moonshine. Don’t worry. It’s legal now — as of 2009.
THL: Why should you try it?
Prohibited in the US for most of its illicit existence, moonshine was traditionally produced in the backwoods of America, but this “poor man’s” whiskey is no longer taboo. The first legal moonshine in the United States, Ole Smoky is bottled in big “ole” Mason jars. The distiller says it’s “best drank out of the jar,” so go for it, or mix up a sweet cocktail. Either way you take it, it goes down smooth like warm apple pie.
THL: Who makes it?
Distiller Joe Baker made his first batch of (then illegal) moonshine before he was in high school. Born and raised in the Smoky Mountains, moonshine was always a part of Baker’s ancestry, and today it’s still a family affair.
THL: What does it taste like?
Spicy apple pie, cinnamon
THL: How should you drink it?
2 ounces Ole Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine
2 ounces Ginger Ale
Garnish with cherries