Almost a hundred years ago in the United States the 18th amendment was passed banning the production, sale and distribution of alcohol. The clandestine era of distilling by moonlight had begun.

Farmers quickly began to produce Moonshine in their back yards to meet the demand of the smugglers and bootleggers who took great risk in moving the moonshine by night. They bottled in Mason jars so at not to raise suspicion from the authorities who were quickly hot on their trail. O’Donnell Moonshine aims to bring the spirit and taste of those times back to the 21st century.

Our moonshine is made using traditional methods, the best available ingredients and bottled in those same traditional American “Mason Jars”.

O’Donnell Moonshine is proud to offer 3 liquors to date “Roasted Apple” (20% ABV) with a touch of cinnamon and vanilla, “Bitter Rose” (25% ABV) made with Grapefruit and our “Tough Nut” (25% ABV) made from Hazelnut, Caramel and a hint of whiskey. And of course, our core spirit, aka: the already infamous “High Proof” (50% ABV) is a smooth wheat based spirit distilled within traditional methods for an easy finish.

Spike Test

The namesake for our Moonshine, Edward “Spike” O’Donnell, was the leader of the South Side O’Donnell gang, who fought the bloody “beers wars” of Chicago during the 1920s. He had little scruple when it came to fighting with others gangster, but he paid attention to quality and was a defining character in the golden era of moonshine.