Moonshine Molly's Brings Southern Cooking and Spirits to South Florida
Moonshine is like water. It's a clear liquid no one wanted the government placing any of those fancy federal taxes on. With two hundred years of illicit production in the Appalachian mountains, it's premised on the badassery of backwoods distilleries.
All photos taken by Jess Swanson. This is not your grandpappy's moonshine..
But moonshine has slowly and legally been seeping its way north of the Mason-Dixon line, and most recently, south of the I-4 corridor to our neck of the woods. Granted, legal moonshine undermines its novelty, but Moonshine Molly's opened last week on Federal Highway in Boca Raton. Amongst their reservoir of moonshine infusions (bacon moonshine - what?!), they're also serving good ol' country fare, and yes, even boast line-dancing lessons.
Owners Bryan Stone and Rebecca Alexander are entrepreneurs. They're not from Florida, and they speak with a southern twang that reassures you they know how to run a country bar and restaurant the right way.
"We hope to open six more, all in Florida. We're looking at Fort Pierce, Daytona," Stone says matter-of-factly. "This one is just the first!"
Moonshine has gained some popularity in Orlando, but Moonshine Molly's is the first concept of its kind in South Florida. They have a full moonshine cocktail menu and a whiskey infusion bar that flavors the alcohol to intriguing flavors like horseradish and garlic, jalapeno, and strawberry, and apple cinnamon.