Moonshine and a Southern Low Country Boil

Any night that starts with a Moonshine tasting and ends with a tub-sized pot of cooked shellfish being dumped on a table has to be a good night. Right? Right. Tonight we would be attending a truly Southern Low Country Boil, preceded by a memorable moonshine cocktail hour, at Georgia’s King & Prince Resort in St. Simons. I better loosen my belt buckle for this.

A Low Country Boil is a one pot seafood dish that typically combines shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes to create a hearty meal for the masses.

Cherry Moonshine

The happy hour prior to dinner featured a Midnight Moon Moonshine tasting. Some straight up and some in a mixed cocktail designed by the King & Prince. Or rather the mixologist at the King & Prince. After drinking Absinthe in a Savannah Speakeasy, I was wary about the strength of another potent post-prohibition beverage. But, the Cherry Julep cocktail was smooth and went down like a fine sweet tea. Not sure that was a good thing.
With an impressive pre-boil buzz, it was time for some Southern-style Low Country Boiling which started with adding corn to a pot of the secretly herbed water concoction. Each of the other components (sausage, shrimp & potatoes) were added at different intervals depending on the length of time needed to cook.

The special ingredient was fresh blue crabs, the same variety that we caught while shrimping on the Lady Jane.

pouring moonshine

We sipped on more moonshine while waiting the approximately twenty minutes for the ingredients to cook. I expertly nursed my drink trying to prevent future embarrassment. Happy for the straw.

Once everything was done, except for my cocktail, it was drained and dumped out onto a large, paper covered communal table.

The crab was no longer blue, it turned reddish in color, matching the potatoes perfectly.

At this point it became a free-for-all with each guest approaching the table and packing their plates.

My attention was then diverted away from drinking moonshine to cracking crabs. Turns out there is an art to it. And I am no Monet.

Lets just say that the wet naps came in handy.

Have you ever been to a Low Country Boil? Have you tried moonshine?

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8 thoughts on “Moonshine and a Southern Low Country Boil”

  1. I once tried coffee doctors in the Norwegian countryside.  They consist of coffee, what they call '96' (moonshine) and sugar cubes.  After two coffee doctors, not a worry existed in the world. 

    • Lucky you! I do hope that the Low Country Boil wasn’t a one time event for me, but next time I’ll skip breakfast…and maybe the moonshine ;)


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