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JUNE 5, 2018 | NATIONAL MOONSHINE DAY | NATIONAL GINGERBREAD DAY | NATIONAL VEGGIE BURGER DAY

NATIONAL MOONSHINE DAY

Every June 5 National Moonshine Day is observed.  This beverage has a notorious record of blurring the lines of history and the law, turning ordinary men (and women) into criminals and common criminals into legends.

Moonshine traditionally is an illegally distilled spirit. Mostly made from a corn mash, moonshine is a distilled whiskey that is typically produced by an individual illegally without a permit. Also known as white lightning, mountain dew, homebrew, hillbilly pop, rotgut and too many more to list here.

Prohibition

Distilling skills first came to the United States during the 1830s with the Scotch-Irish as they settled in Virginia.

Temperance laws and prohibition legislation were passed in several states before the Civil War, but it wasn’t until the turn of the century that the temperance movement picked up steam. By the time the 18th Amendment was ratified early in 1919, over half the country was dry.

Prohibition lasted 13 years. It created a demand for moonshine unlike any that may have existed before. Moonshine became big business overnight.

Modern Moonshine

These days, moonshine in the legal sense has a following.  Small-batch distilleries are producing legal moonshine giving moonshiners a new name.  Bringing moonshine out of the woods and going up against other whiskeys for a place on the shelf.  Many are packaging their homebrews in canning jars embracing their rich history while at the same time experimenting with flavor and branching out with food pairing similar to that of wine and beer.

Trivia

  • Shepherd was Uncle Jesse’s CB handle on the Dukes of Hazzard. Sweet Tillie was the name of his Ford LTD/Galaxie in the first episode – his moonshine runner.
  • The X’s on the moonshine jugs symbol represents the number of times a batch was run through the still. If marked XXX, the moonshine is pure alcohol.
  • What do Esther Clark, Edna Giard, Stella Beloumant, Mary Wazeniak all have in common? They were all bootleggers. Bootlegging was an equal opportunity profession.
  • Lavinia Gilman was a bootlegger, too.  At 80 years old she ran a 300 gallon still in Montana.  The judge suspected her son was the true culprit, though.
  • During prohibition, there were many ways to transport bootlegged moonshine.  Faking a funeral was a convenient ruse to move the product.  Out of respect for the dead, of course, those with the badge were reluctant to stop a funeral procession.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Share your favorite whispered histories of the white lightning and the legendary people who made it and chased it. Drink responsibly and use #NationalMoonshineDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, were unable to identify the founder of National Moonshine Day.

NATIONAL GINGERBREAD DAY

Many people are familiar with the gingerbread house at Christmas time, however, there are some delicious gingerbread bread, cake, bars, biscuit and cookie recipes that are perfect any time of the year.  Each year on June 5, gingerbread lovers across the nation observe National Gingerbread Day, a day that was created to bring attention to gingerbread.

The term “gingerbread” originally referred to preserved ginger, later referring to a confection made up of honey and spices. 

Gingerbread is a sweet food that typically uses honey or molasses rather than just sugar and is flavored with ginger. Gingerbread foods range from a soft, moist loaf cake to something closer to a ginger biscuit.

It is believed that gingerbread was first brought to Europe in 992 by an Armenian monk.  He lived there for seven years teaching gingerbread cooking to the French priests and Christians until his death in 999.

Sources indicate that in 1444, Swedish nuns were baking gingerbread to ease indigestion.

In the 17th century, gingerbread biscuits were sold in monasteries, pharmacies and town square farmers markets.   During the 18th century, gingerbread became widely available.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Following are a few gingerbread recipes for you to enjoy!

Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread
Gingerbread Pancakes with Fruit Topping
Gingerbread-Cupcakes-Holiday Gingerbread Cupcakes

Use #NationalGingerbreadDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Gingerbread Day.

NATIONAL VEGGIE BURGER DAY

When it comes to combining flavor and plant power, National Veggie Burger Day on June 5 proclaims it can be done!

Packed with flavor, protein and nutrients, veggie burgers show up at backyard barbecues, tailgate parties and on the menus of high-class restaurants.  Grill them, fry them or bake them. Layer all your favorite toppings like onion, tomato, lettuce, cheese, ketchup and mustard between crusty roll or bun and take a big juicy bite.  That’s one way to celebrate National Veggie Burger Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Give a veggie burger a taste. Have a veggie burger cook-off.  Invite your friends and family to grill up and stack up their favorite burger combos and share! Use #VeggieBurgerDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

Amy’s Kitchen founded National Veggie Burger Day to encourage everyone to eat a veggie burger and celebrate the positive impact plant-based veggie burgers have on us and the planet. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the day to be observed annually in 2017.

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