Last Fall I took Mr. Trap home to Virginia to celebrate my Father’s 60th birthday and to meet the family. We celebrated with many types of liquor. The next day we were not our freshest. We were dragging slightly. We went to visit with my grandparents. Papa (my grandfather) is quite the character. My sister described his accent as almost Cajun. It is sing-songy, muddled, and fast. Mr. Trap had a hard time adjusting and understanding what he was saying. At one point he asked if Mr. Trap wanted something to drink. And he responded by saying no and moonshine was rough. Papa answered “I don’t have any moonshine, all I’ve got is that gov’t liquor.” I thought nothing of this but Mr. Trap couldn’t believe that is how he described store bought liquor. In Virginia the state government runs the ABC stores that sell liquor. Papa has many stories from his youth of running from the “federal men” while trying to sell his shine. Our neighboring county is the birthplace of hooch!
Fast forward to Christmas. Daddy thought it would be fun to give Mr. Trap his very own bottle of government liquor. Enter the Virginia Lightening. Corn whiskey that is 100 proof and approved by the government. It is meant to resemble white lightening aka moonshine.