Moonshine Madness: The Source of Prohibition Alcohol

Prescription form for medicinal liquor
Prescription form for medicinal liquor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Prohibition did not stop drinking–in many ways it glamorized it. For example, people began flavoring the whiskey with fruit drinks and sodas, making cocktails. o to any bar today and look at the wonderful, colorful creations with the alcohol masked by alluring flavors.

Since drinking didn’t stop and bootlegging increased, from where did the populace find its hooch?

  1. They imported it. Canada had no prohibition, so border states would cross the line and buy in bulk and sell at a profit back in the States.
  2. Rum-running is a name that describes exactly what was done. Boats would sail to the Caribbean, pick up a load of rum and sail it back home
  3. Industrial alcohol. Potable booze is made from fruit and grain, industrial comes from wood and is toxic. Wood alcohol or methyl alcohol has a denaturant added. This makes it stink and taste awful. Skillful chemists would remove the denaturant and then flavor was added–voila, a new drink–mortal moonshine.
  4. And speaking of moonshine–this had been manufactured in Appalachia from corn-sugar mash,to avoid excise tax. It became a new pastime. Only, many people didn’t know the correct techniques and many toxins were often include.
  5. Wine and cider–most people could make these at home. Vineyards would sell juice making kits with the caveat to not let it sit too long or it would ferment.
  6. Sacramental wine. Many rabbis and priests (or rabbi and priest pretenders) ordered lots of sacramental wine for their huge congregations.
  7. Prescription. Alcohol could be used medicinally. Thus many pharmacies arose.

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