A strong and rich drink with an equally rich history, moonshine (also known as hooch or homebrew) is a liquor made by fermenting a sugar source such as fruit, sugar, grain, or milk to produce Alcohol. It is not aged and the result, a distilled spirit that contains a high percentage of alcohol, which once made it to the list of illicit and banned substances by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Although moonshine was once a big contributor to the Hot Springs economy, their locals were not to be credited for this highly potent drink. According to historians, Scotch-Irish immigrants were the ones who introduced their tradition of home brewing and their recipe for the high-potency hooch in the late 1700s. The term moonshine was coined because of the fact that the liquor was done during the night to hide the still’s smoke from the police or thirsty neighbors.

History right in our backyard

In Hot Springs, AR where Crystal Ridge Distillery made its home, moonshine not only helped farmers make a living but also fueled the “party spirit” during the good old days. In fact, moonshine was so big in Garland County that the place became a hotbed for illegal spirits and bootleggers. In fact, 1,260 more violations of the liquor law were recorded in the county in 1925 than for any other criminal offense. Thankfully though, moonshine is now allowed for sale and Garland County is still one of the places where you can find delightful booze. 

Moonshine Varieties

We’re continuing the heritage of moonshine in the Ouachitas. The only difference between Crystal Ridge Moonshine and the spirits of past generations is we’re doing it legally. We use a time-tested copper pot still true to the design of local bootleggers. 

We carry on the tradition in crafting the South’s favorite white lightning. Strong and punchy, moonshines are recklessly good and taste like freedom. Satisfy your carefree spirit with this drink today.

Mule kick

A potent base for all moonshines, mule kick is not just strong. It offers a balanced, smooth, and delightful taste. It’s so good, you might forget that what you’re drinking is high-proof. 

White Mule

A lower proof base for moonshine, white mule is perfect for those who are looking for a more balanced version of the high potent drink. It is delightfully smooth and easy on the taste buds. 


Spice up your moonshine with the bold, and rich taste of our cinnamon-flavored moonshine. 

Apple Pie

The taste of Americana in a punchy drink. Bring a hint of both sugar and spice to your liquor with our apple pie moonshine.


Bold, rich, and flavorful, this coffee-inspired moonshine has an aroma that can easily relax your senses. 

Honey Lemonade

This is not your ordinary moonshine, nor your ordinary lemonade. It packs a sweet punch with a citrus edge.

Maple Bacon

This moonshine invokes thoughts of a hearty breakfast. It has a hint of smooth, sweet maple and smokey, crispy bacon.


Lighten up your mood with this fresh and invigorating moonshine. It adds a hint of pineapple for a fruity twist.

Root Beer

Bringing an edge to a homemade classic with root beer moonshine. Take a quick trip down memory lane with this easy-sipping flavor.

Salted Caramel

The perfect balance of sweet and salty, this golden brown moonshine goes down smooth. Satisfy your gourmet craving with this creamy flavor.


Imagine the refreshing taste of watermelon in your equally relaxing moonshine. The zesty watermelon adds a fruity note with a strong bite.


Your warm alcohol just got cooler. Our strawberry-flavored moonshines are fresh and luscious, with a hint of sweetness. 


Bring a delightful kick to your ordinary moonshine. Enjoy the juicy and fruity taste of blueberry mixed with the high potent drink.

Coming soon

Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Spice