Mmmm-moonshine! Here in the South, most of us grew up drinking moonshine and Mountain Dew. Over the past couple years, moonshine has made it big time. Technically, the word "moonshine" refers to any untaxed alcohol - hence why it was illegal. These days, it has come to refer to unaged whiskey.
When shopping for moonshine, do yourself a favor. Look at the proof and the fine print. You'll start to see that many "moonshines" simply do not pack the punch you would expect. Some of the sweet fruit-flavored ones have such a low alcohol content in fact that they require refrigeration after opening. What?! That's not moonshine, that's juice.
One of the moonshines that we have come to love is American Born Moonshine. At a proof of 103, it not only tastes like moonshine, but acts like it too.
When mixing it in cocktails, have fun and experiment. While the flavor is not as distinct as an aged whiskey, it certainly imparts a flavor all its own to any drink you make. This Moon Shadow cocktail pairs it with the sweet fragrant flavor of St-Germain elderflower liqueur, a little Amarena cherry syrup and fresh lemon. Give it a shake and it's good to go!
2 oz American Born White Lightning Moonshine
.5 oz Amarena cherry syrup (not that bright red maraschino stuff)
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz St-Germain elderflower liqueur
Amarana cherries for garnish
Add moonshine, syrup, St Germain and lemon juice to a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds and strain into chilled glass. Garnish with a couple Amarena cherries.