The first Thursday in June is dedicated to a spirit many would consider, well, raw. Tomorrow is National Moonshine Day and we’ve got just the thing to help you celebrate, whether you’re a seasoned moonshine connoisseur or just dipping your toes in the glories that moonshine can be.
It is said the name comes from the term “moonrakers,” used to describe early smugglers who would sneak the liquid around by the light of the moon. The spirit has been linked to the Daytona 500, and today is the subject of movies, TV shows and many conversations.
Some of those conversations being between cocktail makers and mixologists. Thus the raison d’etre of this blog.
For tomorrow’s celebration, we suggest a cocktail or two using that raw spirit: moonshine. Here are three ideas to get you started.
Moonshine & Peaches
1.5 oz Ghost Tree Moonshine
2 oz Ginger beer
.5 oz Sweet & sour mix
.5 oz Peach juice
.5 oz Cranberry juice
6 Mint leavs
3 Peach wedges
Add all ingredients except ginger beer in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Add ginger beer and swirl. Pour into a mason jar and serve.
Or you could just drink Lucky Peach Moonshine over ice…
2 oz Ghost Tree Moonshine Apple
2 oz Grapefruit juice
Rim an old-fashioned glass with salt and add ice. Add moonshine and grapefruit juice. Stir, garnish with a lime and enjoy.
1.5 oz Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine
3 oz Ginger beer
.25 oz Angostura bitters
.25 oz Fresh lime juice
Combine ingredient in a copper mug filled with ice. Stir and garnish with a lime wheel.
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