Bottles of Mountain Dew on a store shelf
Mountain Dew And Bourbon Is An Unexpected Appalachian Duo
While mixing Mountain Dew and Wild Turkey bourbon may sound unusual, it's a popular Appalachian beverage that goes by the name Turkey Dew.
Some variations have emerged in other parts of the South, including North Carolina where it was known to include a dash of powdered orange-flavored Tang drink mix.
The unique concoction seemed to gain popularity in 2009 when a circulating YouTube video of an Appalachian folk song by The Stanley Brothers reached millions of viewers.
The drink really took off at a 2017 Kentucky bartender retreat, which happened around the same time that Matthew McConaughey represented it in a Wild Turkey advertisement.