Southern Moonshine breaks into the South African market

This here gin girl has heard about a new trend hitting the spirits scene. Southern Moonshine range of unaged American-style moonshines are handmade in small batches, right here in South Africa.

“As with craft beer and gin, we believe moonshine could be the next big thing in South Africa!” says Silver Creek Craft Distillery founder and chief distiller Mark Taverner.

The Southern Moonshine Range

The unique Southern Moonshine collection of sipping drinks is led by the flagship Clear Shine, a pure spirit that is diluted to 50% alcohol by volume (ABV) – in American terms, 100% proof. This as authentically American as it gets, they claim.

Charred Shine is similar in flavour to a good bourbon. It is made from Clear Shine and flavoured with an oak barrel essence.

There are also four flavoured ‘Shines, coming in at 24% ABV. These include Apple Pie Moonshine, Bon Fire Moonshine (with a dash of cinnamon), Salted Caramel Moonshine, and Chocolate Moonshine (a combo of dark chocolate and black coffee).

Southern Moonshine range

Image: Silver Creek Craft Distillery website

Best way to shine

It is said that the Clear Shine and Charred Shine can be enjoyed on the rocks on in your favourite cocktail. The Flavoured ‘Shines can also perk up a cocktail, and can be drunk straight up as a shooter.

Southern Moonshine is available at selected bars, restaurants and retailers around the country and retails for between R260 and R370 per 750ml – depending on your chosen variant.

Mixing moonshine

Try this cocktail with Southern Moonshine Clear Shine.

Image: supplied

Blue Moon Rising

  • 40 ml Southern Moonshine Clear Shine
  • 100 ml Lemonade
  • 100 ml Soda Water
  • 10 ml Crème e Mure (Blackberry syrup)
  • Blueberries
  • Orange Slice


  • Fill Mason Jar with ice cubes and a few blueberries.
  • Add the Clear Shine, Lemonade, Soda Water, Crème du Mure and muddle.
  • Serve with an orange slice or two as garnish.


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