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Kick off the holiday season — and keep your spirits warm on chilly winter nights — with a cheerful concoction using merry moonshine. You read right, we said moonshine. After decades spent brewing in back rooms and distilling as far from the law as possible, Ole Smoky Distillery proudly offers the first federally licensed distilled product in the history of East Tennessee and one of the tastiest (and most festive) embellishments we’ve heard of for your holiday cocktail — Moonshine Cherries. 

An Appalachian party tradition, these maraschino cherries come freshly packed in a 750ml mason jar, where they’ve soaked for at least three days in 100-proof Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. The intoxicating treats are great eaten straight from the jar, as garnish on desserts or tossed into a mixed drink. But the best part is that once the fruit has disappeared, there’s still enough cherry moonshine left to make the ultimate Appalachian holiday libation.

Gin and Mistle-tonic

1 ounce Treaty Oak Distillery’s Waterloo Gin (or other juniper-heavy gin)

½ ounce 100-proof Ole Smoky Tennessee

Tonic water

 2 Ole Smoky moonshine cherries

Mix gin, moonshine and tonic water in cocktail shaker,
pour over ice and garnish with the cherries.