7 Moonshine Cocktails That Taste Too Fierce to Be Legal

7 Moonshine Cocktails That Taste Too Fierce to Be Legal

These drinks aren't technically contraband, but they're guaranteed to make you feel like an outlaw.

By Marcy de Luna

True, whiskey-lovers don't have to traffic in illegal booze on the black market anymore, but we can still tuck into some deliciously old-fashioned moonshine. Although modern shelf versions aren’t quite as fiery as the Prohibition hooch—those under-the-table moonshines had a potency level of 150 to 170 proofthey still pack a punch. Get acquainted with the Southern-style spirit here:

Kin-tucky Derby at The Churchill, Los Angeles

West Hollywood's The Churchill serves seasonal American cuisine and an extensive list of handmade signature cocktails, among them the unmissable Kin-tucky Derby. Made with distilled white whiskey and mint, it gets a lusciously tart kick from fresh lime and grapefruit soda.

Honest Abe at Lincoln Restaurant, Washington, D.C.


The booze menu at the modern-industrial Lincoln Restaurant in downtown D.C. includes the high-proof Honest Abe. Unaged corn whiskey, ginger syrup, fresh lemon juice, and orange bitters come together for a seriously potent punch. Photo courtesy of fabulouslydamaris/Instagram.

Strawberry Moon at The Moonshiners Southern Table + Bar, Houston

The downtown Houston spot The Moonshiners' name doesn't lie. The drink list features two signature moonshines: Peachy Keen, made with peach corn whiskey, vermouth and fresh grapefruit juice, and Strawberry Moon (pictured below), a blend of strawberry infused moonshine with lemonade, fresh cream of coconut, mint leaves, turbinado syrup and a hit of fresh lime juice.

Apple Hooch and Ginger at Lillie’s Q, Chicago

Don’t skip the tasty ‘cue at rustic Chicago barbecue joint Lillie’s Q, and make sure to wash it down with the Apple Hooch and Ginger. The mix of apple-and-cinnamon-flavored whiskey joined by ginger ale and lime tastes like a (boozy) apple pie in a glass.

Watermelon Sling at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Miami

The seasonal Watermelon Sling at the bustling Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in Miami features a stiff mix of heirloom white corn-based whiskey and Aperol, along with fresh-pressed watermelon juice, lemon juice, simple syrup and fresh rosemary. A watermelon slice makes an irresistibly juicy garnish.

Blind Mule at Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, Austin

 The relaxed Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill in Austin has its own genius twist on a Moscow Mule. The Blind Mule is made with the standard lime juice and ginger beer, but it substitutes standard vodka with a fierce whiskey moonshine.

Moonshine Mojito at ABC Cocina, New York City

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The kitchen at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Cocina in New York serves up memorable Latin-American dishes, while the bar pulls off well-executed cocktails like the refreshing Moonshine Mojito. Small-batch sugar cane neutral whiskey, club soda and sugar are joined by mint leaves and lime wedges for a simple but utterly magical drink. Photo via Instagram.

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