Thursday, June 28, 2012

Junior Johnson, NASCAR and Midnight Moon Moonshine

On this day in 1931 Robert Glenn Johnson, Jr. (better known as Junior Johnson) was born. A NASCAR legend, Junior won 50 NASCAR races before retiring in 1966. He then went on to become a racing team owner; and sponsored NASCAR champions as Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip.

We all know how NASCAR started, the reason you would need a fast car was that you were runnin' moonshine, trying to get from one drop off point to the next without the law pulling you over.  Got to have some pretty good driving skills just to stay in business, and so it was with Junior Johnson.

The Historical Inebriant:  Midnight Moon

While your great granddaddy was firing up a pipe, Junior Johnson’s was firing up a copper still. Few family recipes carry a jail sentence, but to the Johnson family, it was a way of life. With whiskey in his trunk and the law on his heels, Junior ran the finest moonshine in Appalachia to the dry Rural South.

Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon follows the Johnson family’s moonshine recipe. Every batch is handcrafted in very small batches, made from corn and born in a copper still. Midnight Moon is triple-distilled to deliver an ultra-smooth, clean-tasting spirit that is often preferred over the world’s best vodkas. Enjoy Midnight Moon straight over ice or in a variety of cocktails.

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