Peach moonshine with cardamom bitters

Hoochie Mama (Moonshine Cocktail)

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Hoochie Mama

moonshine and cardamom bitters

Bring on the Hooch!

Wait until you get a load of this delicious Moonshine drink.  She has it all going on… Praline Pecan, Peach, Cardamom, and Vanilla.  The best Moonshine cocktail recipe you have been waiting for.   Chaka-Laka -BOOM!

Moonshine mixed drinks can be harsh, boozy, and abrupt- OR it can be delicious and flavorful – as in our HOOCHIE MAMA!  Enjoy the perfect drink for a hot summer day.


FAQ’s for Moonshine

What the FAQ?



Peach moonshine with cardamom bitters

Does Moonshine have other names?

America has a deep cultural relationship to this liquor, and it is certainly coupled with rebellion.  Why else would this illicit alcohol have so many names applied lovingly applied to it?

Bootleg, Home Brew, White Lightning, Skull Cracker, Kentucky Creek water, Firewater, Stillbilly, ‘Shine, Super Proof Juice, Thunder Jug, Everclear, Rotgut, Ruckus Juice, Mule Kick, Blind Randy, Wobble Juice, Bathtub Gin, Mountain Dew,  Corn Likker, White trash, Appalachian Punch- are just a few…

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What is Moonshine?

Moonshine can be made from any grain or fruit but is commonly made using corn.  It is a high-proof alcohol, traditionally clear and usually unaged whiskey.  Moonshine is typically at least 40% alcohol by volume or 80 proof, but can be as high as 190 proof.   Mostly, Moonshine was homemade in a still, or make-shift distillery, and bottled in a mason jar.


Does Moonshine have an origin story?

You bet it does!  Creating moonshine began in England in the 18th century and spread to the US.  For the first 200 years of its consumption in America, it was legal to produce homemade alcohol.  In fact, Native Americans were producing booze long before America was colonized.

Later, issues surrounding the taxation of alcohol played a role in the American Revolution, the Whiskey Rebellion, and the Civil War.  The term moonshine comes from early British settlers.  This term was used to describe things that were done at night, like illegal activities that had to be under the cover of nightfall.


Where did the ‘White lightning’ start in the America?

You may be surprised to know that Illegal moonshine in the states actually began with farmers in Pennsylvania.  In 1791, the federal government imposed the first tax, “whiskey tax”, imposed on a domestic product by the newly formed federal government. For the next three years, distillers held off the tax collectors. Unfortunately, the rebellion ended with 13,000 militiamen from surrounding states that marched with President Washington to put down the rebellion. This was the first test of the new government.   By 1802, then President Thomas Jefferson repealed the excise tax on whiskey, and the events from the decade prior came known as the Whiskey Rebellion. 

While Moonshine has roots in Pennsylvania, it certainly has roots in the South, where Southern moonshiners deeply resented liquor revenue enforcement and viewed it as an extension of Yankee tyranny.  Moonshine is also part of the culture in the mountainous regions of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Kentucky.


Why is Moonshine associated with Mountains?

Moonshine was a significant source of income for generations of people in the mountains. Historically, it was one of the few ways to earn cash in the rural mountain economies.  The mountains were also rich with places to hide illegal stills.

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Is Hooch Illegal?

People have been distilling their own alcohol for thousands of years and moonshine has a special place in American culture.  While individuals of legal drinking age may produce wine or beer at home for personal or family use, Federal law strictly prohibits individuals from producing distilled spirits at home.  American settlers produced alcohol legally and without tax for many years, until in 1862 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) passed the 1862 Revenue Act.  So the tradition of ‘moonshine’ evolved to evade the heavy new taxes, and of course during Prohibition.   Today, Commercial distillers are distilling moonshine to consumers legally nationwide, with fancy product labels on new mason jars(fully taxed- of course!).  If you haven’t tried it- you’re missing out on a refreshing cocktail.



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Try our Moonshine Cocktail – Hoochie Mama

with Praline Pecan, Peach, Cardamom, and Vanilla

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Hoochie Momma drink
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Hoochie Mama

Moonshine cocktail, with Praline Pecan, Cardomom, and Vanilla
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bill Elliot's Moonshine, Buffalo Trace white dog, cardamom, George Dickel white corn whiskey, hooch, hoochie mama, junior johnson's Midnight moon, moonshine, Ole smoky moonshine, Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White whiskey, praline pecan, Southern shine, Stillhouse Clear corn whiskey, Tim Smith's Climax, Troy and sons Platinum, vanilla
Author: E. Picscrew


  • Ninja Blender


Praline Pecan Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Chopped Pecans

Hoochie Mama Cocktail

  • 2 tbsp Southern Shine Moonshine-Peach (or similar)
  • ½ Peeled and chopped Peach (soft and ripe)
  • ¼ cup Club Soda
  • ½ tsp Cardamom
  • ¼ tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tbsp Praline Pecan Simple Syrup


  • Make Praline Pecan Simple Syrup
  • Combine, Water, Brown Sugar, and Pecans in a pan
  • Bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat, and let simmer for 15 minutes

Make your Hoochie Mama Cocktail

  • In a Ninja Nutri Personal Blender or traditional blender, add Moonshine, Peach, Soda, Cardamom, Vanilla, and Praline Pecan Syrup
  • Blend thoroughly to be sure peaches are emulsified
  • Pour over ice, and garnish

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