Good day to you, folks. I’m downright excited over today’s lesson. As we’re in an upside down economy, I know you wanna save whatever dollars you can for essential needs and I aim to help you do just that. By reading the brief dialog below, you may be able to discern what you’ll be saving them dollars on too. Ready? Here we go:
Janey: Iont spect we’ll be seeing Pa at the hise none today.
Rick: Why in tarnation you reckon that?
Janey: (Folds her arms and shifts weight to one leg) Smelt him like a burning far at the bar last night. He’s all lickered up, is why.
Iont = I don’t (long ‘o’ sound)
hise = house (like house, the ‘e’ is silent in hise)
tarnation = the hell, the fuck, the devil
spect = expect
reckon = suspect, assume
smelt = smelled
far = fire
lickered up = drunk as hell, drunk as shit
Can you good folk guess what recipe you’ll be given today? Yep. Good ole Moonshine.
Now, I’m gonna tell y’all that I tasted some of this Moonshine as a girl. I did. My grandmother, as I can recall, kept it in a plastic milk jug and it was made at the hise. Somebody had to be letting me sip on theirs and I’m telling you, that’s some potent stuff! Some African American folk, back in the day, sold it illegally to support their families but I don’t recall no such exchanges taking place back then at our place. Probably would’ve been a good idea, being that there were nine children my Grandmama had. Well, there was one other child she had that didn’t make it past a few days old, so that made nine of them to be raised to grown folk.
For the longest time, I thought it was Pot Licker in that jug but that’s the juice in collard greens. I had it all mixed up, didn’t I? Anyhow, since we’re the Peach State, I’m gonna give y’all this recipe with peaches. Should you churn up some of this Moonshine, let me know how you make out with it. And oh, here is your flashcard for Lesson 3. Cheers, folks.
WATERMELON-PEACH MOONSHINE BRANDY for five gallons
1 1/4 large watermelon
1 1/4 cup chopped golden raisins
15 limes (juice only)
25 cups sugar
water to make 5 gallon
wine or distillers yeast
Extract the juice from watermelon and peaches, saving pulp. Boil pulp in five quarts of water for 1/2 hour then strain and add water to extracted juice. Allow to cool to lukewarm then add water to make five gallons total and all other ingredients except yeast to primary fermentation vessel. Cover well with cloth and add yeast after 24 hours. Stir daily for 1 week and strain off raisins. Fit fermentation trap, and set aside for 4 weeks.