Sugarlands Shine, authentic moonshine that hails from the mountains of east Tennessee, recently found its way to Minnesota and is now available across the state in stores, bars and restaurants. Sugarlands Distilling Company stays true to Tennessee’s rich history; grains are ground in an artisanal stone mill and mixed with Smoky Mountain water and every batch of moonshine is distilled six times. The 40-proof Blockaders Blackberry smells like a mason jar filled with jammy preserves and the 100-proof Silver Cloud pairs well with storytelling, camping chairs and good friends.

—2 sugar cubes or .5 oz. of simple syrup
—1 oz. Sugarlands Shine Silver Cloud
—1 oz. Sugarlands Shine Blockaders Blackberry
—1 fresh mint sprig

1. Muddle mint leaves and sugar in glass.
2. Add moonshine to mint and sugar.
3. Fill glass with ice.

Courtesy of SUGARLANDS DISTILLING CO. | 865.325.1355

Explore Minnesota Tourism is accepting nominations for the agency’s tourism awards through Jan. 10, 2023. The awards honor people, marketing campaigns, and other initiatives that promote Minnesota as a destination.

To be considered for an award, a form must be submitted for each nomination. Explore Minnesota Tourism requests specific details about each nomination, i.e., goals, results, return on investment figures, accomplishments, etc. Supporting documents and creative elements help the Explore Minnesota Awards Committee score each submission.


The Roger Toussaint Award is the highest honor from the Minnesota Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus.


Minnesota offers vibrant autumn color and provides a kaleidoscopic backdrop for your event.

New England often gets the most credit for its spectacular fall color, but many rank Minnesota in the top tier for seasonal beauty, making fall an ideal time for meetings anywhere in the state. From the North Shore of Lake Superior to the Twin Cities and Rochester, there are a variety of venues with ideal seasonal settings that can cater to groups of all sizes.