Moonshine Cherries

An exciting liquor store discovery.

I live in Mexico and drink a lot of really good booze. Tequila comes to mind at first, though there’s so much more. But also there’s a lot I can’t get here, so on trips back to the U.S., it’s great to see the cool, surprising things you find in liquor stores nowadays.

When I visit, I’m also fortunate to travel to diverse regions in the U.S. In each place I get to sample the unique things each region has to offer. Two weeks ago I was in Colorado, and I picked up a surprisingly good bourbon there.

On the same trip, my friends introduced me to Moonshine Cherries, made by the Ole Smoky Distillery. They’re not from Colorado – the company is in Gatlingburg, Tennessee - but their products were in all the liquor stores all over Colorado. I hope they are nationwide so you can pick one up.

Moonshine cherries are just that – a mason jar full of moonshine and maraschino cherries. You can eat the cherries straight out of the jar. They pack a boozy punch. Or you can add them to a drink, like a vodka tonic or a seven and seven.

The moonshine itself is delicious – red and strong, good ice cold and straight up. Unfortunately because of all the cherries there’s only a few glasses of liquid, so plan accordingly.

The Ole Smoky Distillery had other interesting products, like moonshine strawberries. But with my 5th of bourbon and a handful of craft beers, I was pushing the limit of booze acceptable for import to Mexico, so I had to leave the strawberries and other novelties behind. That’s the beauty of life – there’s always a next time.


Photo courtesy of Ole Smoky Moonshine


white lightnin''s picture

white lightnin'

I have seen this moonshine stuff popping up in every convenience store lately! What is with it?


jazzyryk's picture


I bought a jar at wal mart and I mixed the juice with lemonade and a few of the cherries nice cocktail but yes he cherries boozy punch eat responsibly..


shawnieboy223's picture


Nothing beats good ol' homemade moonshine. This crap they sell in stores is strong, but in real moonshine, you shouldn't be able to taste the alcohol that much. It still has a lot of alcohol though.


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