Low Country Moonshine now legal beverage

Hooch, White Lightning, Hillbilly Pop, Radiator Whiskey and Mule Kick are just a few nicknames for moonshine, an illegal spirit distilled in the backwoods of Appalachia since the 1800s.

Moonshine has Lowcountry roots as well. On Daufuskie Island, the Gullah called it “scrap iron,” perhaps for the metal still it was made in or the iron will it took to drink it.

If the self-explanatory monikers are any indication, then moonshine is not something one consumes quickly or easily.

The original name, “moonshine,” is said to emanate from bootleggers who illicitly distilled the unaged corn whiskey by the light of the moon, far away from the prying eyes of Prohibition revenuers.


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