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Tue Nov 6, 2012, 06:48 PM

Anyone Here Ever Drink Moonshine and Lived to Tell About It?

Please share your experience.

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Reply Anyone Here Ever Drink Moonshine and Lived to Tell About It? (Original post)
Yavin4 Nov 2012 OP
doc03 Nov 2012 #1
MynameisBlarney Nov 2012 #2
madaboutharry Nov 2012 #3
DesertFlower Nov 2012 #11
madinmaryland Nov 2012 #61
Lifelong Protester Nov 2012 #4
fizzgig Nov 2012 #37
Art_from_Ark Nov 2012 #57
Hoyt Nov 2012 #5
boobooday Nov 2012 #6
morningglory Nov 2012 #7
The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 2012 #8
Kolesar Nov 2012 #21
Major Nikon Nov 2012 #32
rrneck Nov 2012 #9
HopeHoops Nov 2012 #10
hifiguy Nov 2012 #50
HopeHoops Nov 2012 #51
Liberal Veteran Nov 2012 #12
Taverner Nov 2012 #52
8 track mind Nov 2012 #13
Cirque du So-What Nov 2012 #14
BouzoukiKing Nov 2012 #15
Major Nikon Nov 2012 #40
Vilis Veritas Nov 2012 #16
DeadManInc Nov 2012 #17
louis-t Nov 2012 #18
1StrongBlackMan Nov 2012 #19
Major Nikon Nov 2012 #35
1StrongBlackMan Nov 2012 #45
notadmblnd Nov 2012 #20
hay rick Nov 2012 #22
nolabear Nov 2012 #23
Tsiyu Nov 2012 #55
kurtzapril4 Nov 2012 #24
JoeyT Nov 2012 #25
RebelOne Nov 2012 #26
Brother Buzz Nov 2012 #27
MissMarple Nov 2012 #28
Taverner Nov 2012 #29
aikoaiko Nov 2012 #30
Mariana Nov 2012 #31
mrmpa Nov 2012 #33
lexx21 Nov 2012 #34
southerncrone Nov 2012 #36
harmonicon Nov 2012 #38
ElmStreetPlaza Nov 2012 #39
GeorgeGist Nov 2012 #41
In_The_Wind Nov 2012 #42
Chan790 Nov 2012 #43
QC Nov 2012 #44
hobbit709 Nov 2012 #46
Populist_Prole Nov 2012 #47
Tuesday Afternoon Nov 2012 #48
hifiguy Nov 2012 #49
kwassa Nov 2012 #53
jrandom421 Nov 2012 #54
CanonCityGecacher Nov 2012 #56
Qanisqineq Nov 2012 #58
CanonCityGecacher Nov 2012 #59
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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 06:50 PM

1. Nasty like drinking rubbing alcohol. n/t

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 06:50 PM

2. Oh yeah

I don't remember much about it though, lol

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 06:50 PM

3. My Great-Grandfather made wine in the bathtub during Prohibition.

He lived to be 87 years old.

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 06:57 PM

11. so did my grandmother even though

she didn't want to (strict catholic). grandpa owned a bar and they had kids to support. it was the only way he knew how to make a living. she used to bring it to him in a baby carriage. after prohibition grandpa went back to drinking regular stuff. he died at 73 of cancer.

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:51 PM

61. I had a great-great-aunt that was busted for making and distributing moonshine in the

1930's.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 06:50 PM

4. Yes, out of a mason jar

whoooooeeeee!

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Response to Lifelong Protester (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:40 AM

37. me too

all i could mange was a sip

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Response to Lifelong Protester (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:42 AM

57. Chug-a-lug chug-a-lug



"Grape wine in a mason jar
Homemade and brought to school
By a friend of mine after class
Me and him and this other fool
Decided that we'll drink up what's left
Chug-a-lug so I helped myself
First time for everything
Umm my ears still ring"

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 06:51 PM

5. Lead poisoning takes awhile to produce symptoms.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 06:51 PM

6. I used to get it as a child

When I had a cough. Grandma would pull out a little bottle of clear liquid with a piece of tape on it. Handwritten on the tape were the words "White Lightning."

It came from the local family doctor. It was like fire. I remember grandma used to mix it with a teaspoon of sugar. I also remember faking a cough on occasion. Ha.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 06:52 PM

7. I have tasted it: disgusting!! However, I live in the south. We were having a

bluegrass picking/jamming party. Everyone started drinking shine. Everybody started dancing and having a very good time. I had a good time, but no shine for me.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 06:54 PM

8. Made some once, after a fashion.

When I was about 15 my younger brother and I distilled alcohol from a batch of fermented lemonade, using a coffee can, some copper tubing and a flask purloined from the high school chem lab. We assembled this apparatus on the kitchen stove (parents were out for the evening) and managed to produce a liquid that burned with a clear blue flame. However, it tasted absolutely horrible. We had to write it off as a chemistry experiment rather than a booze-getting venture.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 07:17 PM

21. That's a great story

I'll bet you guys kept secret notes and hid the apparatus until H-hour.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 11:43 PM

32. I did the same thing when I was around 17

I used a modified pressure cooker with a larger hole drilled out for a tube connected to a chem lab condenser. The initial batches turned out pretty much undrinkable, then I learned you have to toss the heads and tails and things improved.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 06:55 PM

9. Yep.

Best ever. A while back I read about a whole sub culture of people making "boutique moonshine" and whatnot for home consumption. It's tempting.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 06:56 PM

10. No, but I have had straight grain (Everclear) and barely lived through that.

 

Then there was the great tequila tragedy of 1983. After two days of soaking in the bathtub with my heel plugging the drain, I finally crawled out and slept on the floor for a few more days. I lived right next to the railroad tracks. Trains get a little amplified in a bathtub. This was not a good thing.

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:10 PM

50. Oh gods, a tequila hangover is

horrendous beyond words. I was only there once. A buddy had only a bottle of inexpensive tequila and 7-up so we improvised tequila poppers for a few hours. Being a zombie seems a good alternative to what I felt like for the next 36 hours.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #50)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:13 PM

51. I've had too many to remember. That's my favorite demise.

 

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 06:57 PM

12. I did. It was nasty. A friend of mine however used it to chase down a Quaalude.

I kept an eye on her for the rest of the night. She did some interesting interpretive dances that night, but didn't appear to suffer any other side effects except not remembering a thing about what happened that night.

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Response to Liberal Veteran (Reply #12)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:36 PM

52. One of these days I will get to try a lude...

 

Born in 1970 - so my gen missed that one

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 06:58 PM

13. yes, rough shit

Probably the worst hangover I've had next to drinking Soju ( Korean everclear)

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 06:59 PM

14. Some friends and I were passing around the jar one night

standing around the campfire. I started having an out-of-body experience, which was interrupted by an attacker hitting me in the back of the head. I turned around, my fists raised, to find...the grassy field in which I was standing. I had fallen backward without even realizing it.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 06:59 PM

15. Good moonshine is the best.

Like sunshine in a jug.

But it's gotta be good - it takes a couple generations to get it right. A lot of devotion...

Best I ever had was in Virginia.

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Response to BouzoukiKing (Reply #15)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:39 AM

40. When I lived in Europe it was fairly common in France

It seemed like everyone I met had a friend or relative that lived on a farm and sent them homemade calvados. It was some of the best homemade hooch I have ever had.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 07:01 PM

16. Yep, but I seemed to be able to handle it...

better than my friends at the time...they ended up running around in their underwear tipping cows...sure wish I had my iPhone back then.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 07:01 PM

17. Still have part of a gallon in the cabinet. Whenever I feel a cold

coming on I have a few shots and sleep like a baby

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 07:02 PM

18. Twice. Once in Canada, once in MI

The MI stuff was an Albanian recipe. I was playing in a band when the club owner offered us some. One small glass mixed with a little juice. When the set was over, I just stood there in a fog. I could barely move. Everyone was off the stage except the drummer who is about 300 lb. I looked around at him and he was just sitting there and he said "I can't get up".

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 07:07 PM

19. Absolutely ...

Went to college not far from the Ohio/Kentucky border (I would identify the college; but ryan is the most recent celebrity alum). Every week-end we would go into Kentucky for the stuff.

Essential Tip for the novice: before paying for it and certainly before drinking any of it ... take a capful, touch a match to it and watch the flame; if it burns any color other than blue ... hand it back to the guy! It might blind you.

But if it burns blue ... buy at least two gallon;

2) get a 25-30 gallon garbage bin and line it with the largest plastic bag you can find (pre-rinsed).

3) Dump in a can of Hawaian Punch (powdered).

4) Pour in the Shine.

5) Cut up some pineapples, watermellon, oranges and lemons.

6) fill container with ice and let sit for 6 hours.

7) Add second gallon of shine. Add more ice.

8) Invite everyone you know over for some punch with a punch.

9) Very Important Step: Lock your car and house keys in a safe place ... better yet; give them to a tea tootling neighbor for safe keeping.

10) Try and remember, the next day, where you left your underwear and why your entire body is painted blue with yellow stripes.

Enjoy!

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #19)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:01 AM

35. The color of the flame is a very dated test and doesn't tell you much

The idea is to produce as close to pure ethanol as you can, but from a practical standpoint this is very difficult. There are a lot of other types of alcohol you will get as a by-product. Methanol is the biggest culprit which can turn you blind or kill you in sufficient quantities. Methanol burns colorlessly. However, if you are fermenting from sugar or grain, it's doubtful if you'll ever get enough methanol to cause a problem and if you are tossing the head of the distillation (as any decent distiller will do), the amount of methanol decreases to trace levels.

If you are making moonshine yourself, the biggest hazzard is blowing yourself up (it's kinda like boiling gasoline). There's not really much danger in producing a toxic product. If you are getting moonshine that someone else has made, there's certainly the hazzard of them adulterating it with things like lie or poisonous alcohols, but I seriously doubt if any moonshiners today are doing this. Most moonshiners today are more interested in making the best product they can from a practical standpoint.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #35)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:58 AM

45. I completely agree ...

the color of the flame is a dated test. However, most people don't carry around a chemistry kit with them when buying Moonshine. So the "Boone (County)" test will work to weed out bad shine in a pinch.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 07:16 PM

20. I lived with my Aunt for a while in the early 80's

Her neighbor across the street, an elderly man who lived across the street whose wife had left him, sorta took a fancy to me. His name was Mert. I was about 18 at the time, he was about 60. Funny how that works, I've always been an old man magnet. Anyway, he kept asking me to go see Smokey and the Bandit with him and I kept putting him off. I didn't want to be mean, but I didn't want to go see any movie with him.

One Friday night near Christmas, my Aunt and Uncle went out for the evening. I was home alone but I had friends coming over. Soon after Debbi and Al came,old Mert called asking or my Uncle. I told him he was out for the evening and Mert said he was just calling to invite him over for a Christmas drink and suggested we come over. Well. I didn't want to be mean and Debbi and Al were there too, so we walked across the street to Merts for drinks.

I remember my friends being there, having a vodka and tonic. I remember being asked if I wanted another drink and being told he was out of vodka but had some moonshine if I wanted to try it. I remember he fixed me a drink and taking a couple of sips.

I don't know how much time went by or when my friends left. But I woke up in his bed and he was trying to get my clothes off and wanted me to have sex with him. Oh, he begged and pleaded and said and did just about everything he could to get me to have sex. When it finally registered in the old perv's head that he wasn't getting any from this girl without it being rape. He says to me- ok, you can go home now.

I was so fucked up, I could barely walk and this degenerate was going to send me out across a busy street to cross it by myself? I told him if I was going to get run over, he was too. I made him walk me back home across the street. I never saw or spoke to old Mert again.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 07:31 PM

22. Drank it out of a mason jar.

Went to a bachelor party- the only people who drank it were me and the bridegroom. I got trashed and then got in my car to drive home- 50 miles away. I made it about 48 miles and then got stopped at a tollbooth on the Garden State Parkway. The officer asked for my driver's license, registration, and insurance card. I handed them over and made sure I didn't exhale in his direction. He told me the insurance card was expired. I said wait, I know I have a current insurance card. I found another one and handed it to him. That one was expired too. Then he had me park the car and come inside to blow into a straw. I blew 0.17% BAC and lost my license for 6 months.

It was a learning experience.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 07:46 PM

23. Sure have. It was delicious. My hubby's folks are from the NC mountians.

A couple of years back I was at Christmas and the women were drinking wine and the men pouring from a jar. An uncle ofered me some with a twinkle in his eye (no knowing that my idea of a martini is a cold glass of vodka and a handful of olives). It was cold, smmoth as silk and the prettiest clear you ever saw. They do good work. He was mighty impressed, and so was I.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #23)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:15 AM

55. Yes, good moonshine is a thing of beauty


Someone has some delicious apple moonshine about these parts I've been told, and I've been promised a swig.

A swig or two is PLENTY.

Then you gotta try the mountain muscadine wine....





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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 07:48 PM

24. I'm from Kentucky.

It made my hair hurt.

Every. Single. Time.

Fun stuff!

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 07:56 PM

25. Best liquor I ever had.

A friend made some once. It didn't taste like anything at all until a half a second after you swallowed it, then it knocked the breath out of you. I tested it and it turned out to be 95% alcohol.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 08:29 PM

26. I have had it in Georgia and Alabama and I am still alive. n/t

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 08:51 PM

27. If Grappa counts as moonshine, then yes

A super double secret group of us make it once a year in a super double secret location. Good stuff, too, in moderation.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 09:02 PM

28. Yes.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 09:10 PM

29. Yes - it tasted horrible straight

 

But was nice mixed

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 09:28 PM

30. I've drank some good 'shine out of Bryan County GA.

A friend made it from table sugar and triple filtered it. It was the best I ever had.

Cognitive abilities diminished after three fingers and it was smooth.

Of course I've had the bad kind too, and it was miserable.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 10:50 PM

31. My father gave me about half a shot when I was about 12.

The most potent thing I'd ingested before that was a sip of beer here and there. I asked to try it. He didn't warn me, and I just drank it down. Oh, he had a grand old time laughing at me. I tried to curse him out (I was allowed to do that, when he deserved it), but my voice was gone. That made him laugh harder.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 11:46 PM

33. yep, I have some in........

my fridge. It's in a mason jar. I have 4 jars ordered for Christmas. It's delicious and apparently not deadly. I drank some back in the late '70's, it had just been confiscated by a Kentucky Sheriff and brought to a funeral. It wasn't deadly, no pun intended.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2012, 11:53 PM

34. I was cooking up moonshine when I was in the 8th grade.

Not corn whiskey, but rum. Pretty easy too.

Do not be fooled by the still that you see on the old MASH reruns... rubber of any kind will make your product taste like crap.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:31 AM

36. Sure. "When in TN...."

Got drunk faster, but you need to know your supplier.....

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:42 AM

38. Yeah, but it was pretty gross.

This was the legal stuff though. My brother and I bought a jar on a cross-country trip. Even mixed, it tasted awful.

I've had loads of slivovice though, and the homemade stuff is something else. I was in rural Czech Republic for Christmas, and every family has their own batch, and everyone you see has to make you try their's. I was handed a double shot when I walked into the house I was staying in and told I had to drink it out of politeness. I thought it was just a liquor or something. I shot that stuff and immediately fell on the floor coughing. That was pretty good. That night, I was more drunk while still being able to walk than I've ever been. My American friend and I brought Malibu rum as a sort of gag, and drinking that stuff as a chaser might as well have been water.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 01:10 AM

39. I have tried Grain Alcohol

I tried grain Alcohol one time and my dress came off at a party...so I was told. I don't remember anything but if that's the same thing as moonshine then yes, I have tried it.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:10 AM

41. Yes ...

the key is to keep it in the freezer until you drink it.

Yahooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:14 AM

42. It's been 50 years since that libation passed my lips.

Last time anyone checked I was/am still alive.

I don't remember much about it so it couldn't have been too bad.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:48 AM

43. Oh yes...

when I was in college, we had this random hanger-on named Jerry (I think all college fraternities have hangers-on, random guys that want to hang but won't pledge. Eventually, you ask them to leave.) who was from someplace in the deep south...Georgia, I think. Anyways, he used to disappear for a weekend and inevitably come back with ziploc bags full of venison. Because he lived in the dorms, he had no place to store it so he used to ask if we'd take some deer off his hands and pay us for the trouble in moonshine and homemade high-abv peach wine. That's an easy yes, 20# of venison and he's going to give us booze too?!

It's pleasant and it has the ability to make a party get way way too wild fast. The moonshine was like getting getting hit by a train and losing time...around the third time I woke up naked with a close female friend (3 different ones), looked at her, asked if we'd had sex and she didn't remember either, I'd learned the importance of moderation.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:05 AM

44. A couple of times. One batch was tasty and the other really nasty.

It really depends on the skill of the person making it. As is everything else, some people take pride in their work and others do not.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:33 AM

46. Moonshine, hell.

I've had homemade raki in Turkey that had not only alcohol but about 10% opium.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:36 PM

47. From a mason jar here as well. I was surprised how "drinkable" it was

Smelled almost like pure alcohol, but I was surprised how smooth it was ( or smooth it was compared to how rough I expected it to be ) and how much it didn't burn going down.

For that reason, I kept it to just one swig. It's potency coupled with it's drinkability would make it downright dangerous stuff.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:23 PM

48. good shine is a thing of beauty and not for just anyone.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:06 PM

49. Nope. Had Everclear a few times

mostly in Purple Jesus punch. Kind of like getting hit by a truck.

Had Chinese mao tai (sp?) rice whiskey once. Stuff smelled and tasted like lighter fluid/rocket fuel and it was about 160 proof. Sufficiently nasty that I only managed a small shot and I can drink pretty much anything.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 06:43 PM

53. It came in an Arizona Ice Tea bottle

the last time I had it. Re-cycled, and therefore enviromentally friendly.

Corn liquor. Crystal clear. Smelled like corn.

I get it every Thanksgiving. Family get-together.

It is more about the ritual than the product.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 06:57 PM

54. Not quite moonshine

While on leave in Jamacia, I met a guy who home distilled his own rum. He wasn't typical, because he was a former food chemist for Cadbury. All his equipment was lab grade and he rigoursly followed established industry practices he learned from his time at Bacardi. His homebrew was so strong, I got lightheaded just wiffing the cork. Drinking it was like downing honey fire, so smooth, so sweet and so potent. Didn't get majorly drunk, but I only had one glass and got decently buzzed. Haven't had anything like it since.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:01 AM

56. Legal In 36 States.

I've never tried Moonshine. But I have had Everclear, which is almost the same thing. It is 190 proof. I poured some in a glass of orange juice. And I can tell you it is quite deceptive.. Its effects (at least to me) are not the same as if you drank beer or whiskey.. I can see how it would be quite easy to drink more than you realize and then pass out... Or Possibly never wake up again.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:49 AM

58. tasted like mosquito repellent

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Response to Qanisqineq (Reply #58)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:55 PM

59. Mosquito REPELLENT? Really?

I thought it tasted more like Lighter Fluid.
But then if you want a quality adult beverage I am partial to Jack Daniels.
Don't you dare put water, Ice or coke in it. Thast like putting A1 sauce on steak.
Some things are best all by them selves. Jack, straight up. They only way.

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:29 PM

60. Not Moonshine, tastes much better, but each time I drank it, I woke up

 

remembering Nada!

Aguardiente nectar -take a shot, followed by bite of a plum..tasty

An clear alcoholic drink that looks like vodka, but tastes so much better. It made in Colombia, and means "sizzling or fire water"

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Response to Yavin4 (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 12:49 AM

62. Only once, but

I died

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