Moonshine distillery opens in Ozarks

Friday, May 11, 2012 | 9:52 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD — Moonshine is making a comeback in the Missouri Ozarks.

A Taney County man has opened Copper Run Distillery on family land, where he sells homemade moonshine, a word that once described illegally produced spirits. Moonshine now refers simply to corn whiskey that hasn't been aged.

Jim Blansit also sells handcrafted whiskey, vodka and rum from black-strap molasses at the distillery. But he told The Springfield News-Leader that moonshine is his best seller.

The distillery has been open for three years. Blansit said a lot of customers come out of curiosity because they've heard stories about moonshine and are hesitant to try it. Many are surprised at the flavor.

Blansit said that for people who don't like their booze straight, he also offers moonshine margaritas and mojitos.

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