Moonshine moves out of the hills and into stores

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In this image taken on June 10, 2013, from left, Blue Rickey Spritzer, Apple Cobbler, Full Moon Lemonade, and Low-Hanging Fruit drinks are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

 

Cocktail Recipes – Many ways with moonshine

by Alison Ladman

Associated Press Writer

Not sure what to make of the many moonshines showing up on shelves at your local liquor store? We have you covered. Obviously, it’s easy enough to chill and sip it straight up. But if you want something with a bit more punch, we crafted four moonshine cocktails to get you started.

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BLUE RICKEY SPRITZER

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

Ice

1 ounce Rangpur gin

1 ounce blueberry moonshine

1/2 ounce lime juice

4 ounces seltzer water

1/4 cup fresh blueberries

Fresh mint, to garnish

Into an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine the gin, moonshine and lime juice. Shake well, then strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with seltzer water and stir just to combine. Top with the blueberries and mint.

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FULL MOON LEMONADE

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

Ice

1 ounce limoncello

1 ounce lemon juice

1 ounce moonshine

1 teaspoon sugar

Lemon slice, to garnish

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients except the lemon slice. Shake to combine, then strain into a tall glass filled with ice and garnish with lemon.

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LOW-HANGING FRUIT

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

Ice

1 ounce blackberry moonshine

1/2 ounce Frangelico

1 ounce pear brandy

Fresh blackberries, to garnish

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine the moonshine, Frangelico and pear brandy. Shake well, then strain into a small cocktail glass and garnish with blackberries.

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APPLE COBBLER

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

1 ounce apple pie moonshine

1 ounce apple honey wine or mead

1 ounce dark spiced rum

1/2 ounce ginger liqueur

1/2 ounce lemon juice

Cinnamon stick, to garnish

Lemon twist, to garnish

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine the moonshine, mead, rum, ginger liqueur and lemon juice. Shake until combined and chilled, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon twist.

 

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