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Granny Clampett with MoonshineGranny's Moonshine - The popular backwoods beverage featured on the sitcom THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES/CBS/1962-71. Granny Clampett (Irene Ryan) set up a still in the back of the Clampett mansion in Beverly Hills, by the "cee-ment" pond so she could brew a secret recipe for her private stock of moonshine (a.k.a. "White Lightnin'"-cause it gets into the blood stream twice as fast) or Mountain Dew). Granny knew her still was illegal but she insisted her moonshine was just to be used for medicinal purposes only. It was her "rheumatiz medicine." And when pressed, she admitted her whiskey wouldn't cure rheumatism, but "it'll make ya happy ya got it!" Two sips was enough for whatever ailed ya.

Once their neighbor, banker Mr. Drysdale (Raymond Bailey) had a fever and Granny prescribed a dose of her moonshine. Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen) warned however "If he drinks that stuff he'll burst into flames."

Granny's moonshine was also referred to as Tennessee Tranquilizer, Possum Ridge Penicillin, Possum Ridge Paralyzer, Smokey Mountain Skullbuster and Smokey Mountain Soothing Syrup. A good batch charred the tongue, made your eye balls spin and locked your elbows.

TRIVIA NOTE: On the situation comedy MAMA'S FAMILY/NBC/SYN/1983-86 senior citizen Thelma Harper (Vicki Lawrence) marketed a cold remedy called "Mother Harper's Miracle Tonic" that made a person forget why they took it in the first place. Its secret ingredient was pure vanilla extract (35 percent alcohol).


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