America has a long history of illicit spirits made by daring distillers who refuse to follow federal regulations and, of course, pay taxes. Traditionally, these spirits were made clandestinely at night by the so-called light of the moon, which is the origin of the name for these potent spirits.
American moonshine is generally unaged and can be made from a range of ingredients, including sugar or grains. Today, there are established brands making moonshine that’s on the right side of the law conforming to federal regulations and enjoyed by spirits enthusiasts. These distillers tap into the history of a bygone era of backwoods stills to bring the category into the 21st century, with innovative flavors.
According to lore, fast driving moonshiners looking to outrun cops were some of the first NASCAR drivers.