Dixie Cup

We were just down in New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail and poked our heads into the famous Napoleon House bar in the French Quarter to get a Pimm's Cup. One of the best, most refreshing summertime cocktails, it's a must-have. 

So now that we're back in Nashville, we wanted to do our spin on the classic Pimm's Cup and of course the first thing that came to mind is moonshine! Well, not just any moonshine, American Born Dixie Moonshine. It's a sweet tea moonshine that seriously tastes amazing! 

We paired it with some muddled cucumber, a little Pimm's No. 1 and a splash of club soda and the next thing you knew, we had one hell of a summertime sipper!

equipment:

cocktail shaker
muddler
collins glass
bar spoon

ingredients:

1.5 oz American Born Dixie Moonshine
1 oz Pimm's No. 1
4 slices cucumber, divided
2 oz club soda

method:

Place three of the four cucumber slices in the bottom of your cocktail shaker and press with your muddler to release the juice and flavors. Add the booze and a few ice cubes and give it a quick shaker before transferring entire contents to your glass. Top with club soda, give it a light stir to combine and garnish with that last remaining slice of cucumber.



Doctored Pepper

Not all moonshine is created equal. Historically, the term referred to any untaxed alcohol, those these days it's more commonly used to represent what's basically un-aged whiskey. Though, there's plenty of stuff out there that's more like vodka than moonshine. 

That's why we like - no, love - American Born Moonshine. It's made from a blend of corn and sugar and actually has a flavor to it. Yes, we like booze with flavor, is that so bad? It's also got a pretty high proof which is not so bad either. 

But just because we're using a moonshine with flavor, does not mean it's not just as versatile as any other spirit. Try making any of your favorite cocktails - a margarita, daiquiri, etc. - with moonshine and you'll see what we mean. This one might just be one of our all time favorite moonshine drinks. So go ahead and shake one up for yourself and see why we love it!

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
coupe glass

ingredients:

2 oz American Born Original Moonshine
1.5 oz Meletti Amaro
1 oz dark cherry juice (you can find it in grocery stores or make your own)
.5 oz lemon juice
twist of fresh ground pepper and cherries for garnish

 

method:

Combine all ingredients (except the garnish of course) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a twist of fresh-ground pepper on top and a few cherries. 

Moonshine Julep

Of course the traditional method of making a mint julep calls for bourbon. But if you know us at all by now, you know we're not necessarily traditionalists. 

There's a million and one ways to make a mint julep, but this method calls for a homemade fresh mint syrup. To make, take equal parts of granulated sugar, water and tightly-packed mint (stems and all). Bring it to a boil and remove from the heat to let it cool before straining to remove the mint. What's left will keep refrigerated for a couple weeks.

But back to that moonshine. We're using one of our all-time favorites, American Born. It's important to note that not all moonshines are made equal. Many are basically just vodka, but not American Born.  Packing a proof of 103, it has sweet grain flavor and is basically just unaged whiskey. It's good stuff and perfect for making a mint julep.

 

ingredients:

2.5 oz American Born Moonshine
1 oz mint syrup (see recipe above)
sprig of fresh mint

method:

Fill your glass with crushed ice. In a separate mixing glass, combine the moonshine and mint syrup and pour over the crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint. 

 


Man on the Moon

Sure, moonshine is great in simple cocktails like our Moonshine Mint Lemonade, but a good moonshine can stand up to much more complex flavors. American Born Moonshine is one of several good moonshines on the market these days, and at 103 proof, it packs a punch too.

In this boozy beverage, we've added a couple of our favorite aperitifs to this one to make it an ideal late-night after dinner drink: the minty bitterness of Fernet Branca and Ristretto Liqueur from Galliano (yes, that tall yellow bottle collecting dust on the back of bars across America). 

 

Man on the Moon - a boozy moonshine cocktail from 3st of the Month

equipment:

cocktail mixing glass
bar spoon
strainer
rocks glass

ingredients:

2 oz American Born Moonshine
.5 oz Fernet Branca
.5 oz Galliano Ristretto
2 dashes orange bitters
spoonfull of Luxardo Maraschino Cherry syrup
strip of orange zest and Luxardo Maraschino cherry for garnish


method:

Fill cocktail mixing glass with ice and add all three spirits, bitters and cherry syrup. Stir 15-20 seconds to chill before pouring into a chilled rocks glass with ice. Express oils from orange zest over glass before adding it and a cherry to glass for garnish.

Moonshine Mint Lemonade

The summertime polar vortex of 2014 is over. While we will miss the breezy climate, we welcome the opportunity to sweat the way you're supposed to come summertime. But with hot, humid temps, comes the need for a boozy cocktail that's refreshing. Enter moonshine. Too often, folks forget about the mix-ability of moonshine. It's not just for shots anymore.

We made this one with American Born, party because it packs a proof of 104 and partly because the shit is just tasty. You won't need much else for this one - lemon, simple, mint....that's about it. So get off your lazy summer ass and get to drinkin' some moonshine!

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
muddler
highball glass

ingredients: 

1.5 oz American Born Moonshine
1.5 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1.5 oz simple syrup
1.5 oz water
6-8 mint leaves
resh mint and lemon for garnish

 

method:

muddle mint leaves in bottom of cocktail shaker. Fill your drinking glass with ice and transfer to shaker (easy way to measure so you don't have too much). Add booze, simple, lemon and water and shake the hell out of it for about 15 seconds. Transfer entire contents to your drinking glass and garnish with sprig of mint and slice of lemon. 

 


Blackberry Pickin' Moonshine Cocktail

Summers in the south mean more than cutoff jeans and farmer's tans. To us the mean wild berry pickin' and moonshine. At least for the case of this cocktail they do! 

Many folks don't know, but berries are actually closely related to roses. Alisa Huntsman, the pastry chef at the Loveless Cafe taught us that a little rose water in her berry pies brings out the fruity floral notes of fresh berries. Since we've been experimenting with flower waters and had some fresh blackberries on hand, this seemed like the perfect occasion to bring these ingredients together - over some smooth American Born Moonshine nonetheless. Follow the steps below and you'll have a drink so good that you'll never guess that stuff packs a walloppin' 103 proof! 

While this may not be the most simple cocktail we've ever created, it has a few simple steps that are key to making it as damn tasty as it is. Don't just muddle the berries - strain out the seeds and pulp. 

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
muddler
fine mesh strainer
collins glass or tumbler 

ingredients:

9 fresh blackberries, divided
4-5 fresh mint leaves
2 oz American Born Moonshine
.5 oz Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur
.25 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup 
4 dashes rose water
seltzer
fresh mint and blackberries for garnish

 

method:

Muddle 6 blackberries (save 3 for garnish) with fresh mint in the bottom of your cocktail shaker until fully smashed. Add lemon juice, moonshine, simple syrup, ginger liqueur and rose water. Fill with ice, cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Fill your glass with ice and strain cocktail into glass through a fine mesh strainer. Fill glass with seltzer and garnish with a skewer of remaining blackberries and fresh mint sprig. 

 

Farmer John

Moonshine is a much more versatile mixer than most would ever think. From a flavor component, it falls somewhere between whiskey and vodka, with far more flavor than vodka, yet brighter, younger flavors than whiskey. 

For those of us that grew up in the rural south, our memories of moonshine run deep. It takes us back to sitting around campfires taking sips right out of the jar (and maybe mixing it with some Sun Drop a time or two). We created the Farmer John to show that moonshine deserves a lot more street cred for cocktails than it gets. Here the un-aged corn whiskey nuances of American Born Moonshine pair perfectly with the fresh, vegetal flavors of the Farmer John.

If you don't have access to Eli Mason Mint Julep cocktail mixer, sub it out with simple syrup and some fresh mint before shaking.

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
muddler
rocks glass

ingredients:

2 oz American Born Moonshine
.5 oz Eli Mason Mint Julep Cocktail Mixer
3 leaves fresh basil
1/4 fresh lime, cut into chunks
1 inch slice fresh cucumber, cut into chunks
2 oz fresh-juiced carrot juice
ucumber slice and sprig of basil for garnish

 

method:

Begin by muddling the cucumber, lime and basil in the bottom of your cocktail shaker to release flavors. Pour in the moonshine, mint julep syrup and carrot juice. Add 4-6 ice cubes and shake the shit out of it for about 30 seconds. Pour into chilled glass and garnish with a slice of cucumber and sprig of fresh basil.


Moon Shadow

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!

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer

ingredients:

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

 

method:

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.