Hillbilly Lemonade

W has family from the mountains of eastern Tennessee, L has family from West Virginia, we live south of the Mason-Dixon line, so there are plenty of excuses for us to drink corn whiskey. However, straight corn whiskey doesn’t exactly have the balanced taste (or social acceptance) of a well-aged Bourbon or Scotch. But don’t let that deter you from enjoying an American icon. Keep in mind that here in Virginia, you can’t legally purchase anything higher than 151 proof. The liquor stores here do sell corn whiskey, but normally nothing higher than 90 proof. If you live in a less-backwards state (or live in one of them but know someone who can get you the good stuff) go grab some 190 proof awesomeness. You can even distill your own, just do some research on what is/isn’t allowed in your state so you don’t get into trouble for having fun.

This recipe makes two drinks. One for you, one to share. Or two for you. Whatever floats your boat.

1 lemon
ice
simple syrup (make this stuff – it’s super easy)
corn whiskey
seltzer water or club soda

Slice the lemon in half and juice it into a large glass (or fancy shaker). Add a couple tablespoons (more/less depending on your sweet-tooth) of simple syrup, followed by a shot or two of corn whiskey (depending on how good your stuff is). Add some ice, then shake it up (or pour between two glasses) so it all gets mixed together. Strain into two glasses (I generally put 4 cubes of ice in each glass), then top off with club soda or seltzer. Repeat as desired.

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