Mountain Dew and Moonshine

You probably know the origin of the name moonshine.  Yep, that’s a reference to alcohol made illegally during prohibition.  It was important to make it at night to hide the smoke of the distilling process from the eyes of the authority.  

But what you probably didn’t know (or at least I didn’t) is that “mountain dew” was another name for this illegal brew.  Mountain dew references the mountain stills in Appalachia.

The story goes that after prohibition ended a couple of brother made a lemon flavored soft drink that was meant as a mixer for whiskey.  They called it Mountain Dew after the mountain moonshine.  One thing lead to another and we still have mountain dew on grocery shelves today.  

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