Why you might want to mix your next drink with moonshine
by Kyle Rutten
Alcohol has a long history of assisting lovebirds in overcoming their inhibitions. However, one of the ingredients to a healthy sex life is and always will be novelty. It’s for this reason that you might consider setting the mood with moonshine cocktails.
Moonshine, you say? Yes! True, it’s an extremely unusual mixer. But that only adds to the mystery. What most home bartenders don’t realize is that moonshine can be treated like any other neutral spirit and can me used as a base for cocktails. In addition, distilling suppliers now offer flavor infusions to really take moonshine cocktails to the next level. For example, I frequently work with Mile Hi Distilling, which offers essences in such aphrodisiac infusions as apricot, coconut rum, chocolate almond and coffee. To get you started, here are some of my moonshine-based cocktails to help to turn up the heat.
This spicy moonshine martini will bring some serious heat to your evening.
- 1 Thai chile
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 2 oz moonshine
- 2 oz pineapple juice
For this one, deseed a Thai chili and place it in a shaker.
Muddle the chili with 1/2 ounce of simple syrup.
Next add ice, the moonshine and the pineapple juice. Shake and pour. (A martini glass is a must for this drink.)
Note: If you can handle more spice, feel free to change the type or number of peppers that you muddle. Capsaicin (the spicy compound in chilies) is an effective aphrodisiac, especially in high doses. So the more the merrier!
- 1 knob fresh ginger peeled and roughly sliced
- 2 oz moonshine
- fresh ice
- 4 oz ginger beer
- lime for garnish
In a copper mug, muddle the fresh ginger.
Next add the moonshine, ice and fill the remainder of the mug with ginger beer, approximately 4 oz.
Garnish with a lime.
Note: Be careful with these guys, they go down easy and sneak up on you. Perfect for a spring or summer evening.
Kyle Rutten is a moonshine enthusiast who regularly creates content for Mile Hi Distilling. He enjoys writing about and discussing moonshine’s rich American history as well as experimenting with different flavors and recipes for moonshine cocktails.
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