Moonshine Fruit Cocktails

August 22, 2012
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Midnight Moon FamilyI’m looking at a couple of jars of Midnight Moon fruit inclusions from Piedmont Distillers. It’s a brand new product from NASCAR driver Junior Johnson I was sent to review. Fruit in a jar soaked in Moonshine! OMG and Yikes! News to me but apparently there is a “moonshine and artisan distilling movement”. But wait, before you read on, are you 21 years of age or older?

Handcrafted in single batches, fruit inclusions come in several flavors like Apple Pie, Cherry, Strawberry, Blueberry and Cranberry. They begin with a 100 proof version of the original Midnight Moon ‘Shine and then it’s infused with whole pieces of fruit.

Blueberry Midnight Moon canning process      Blueberry Midnight Moon comin' down the line

I found out that race car driver Junior Johnson is a legendary moonshiner from North Carolina. He brought his family recipe to Piedmont Distillers in 2007. The Johnson family’s ‘Shine is considered to be the best. Junior grew-up taking care of the family’s stills during the day and bootlegging ‘Shine at night.

Johnson’s driving skills enabled him to stay two steps ahead of the law, for a while anyway. He never was caught delivering moonshine, but he was eventually arrested firing up the family still. He served 11 months of a two-year sentence and then later received a presidential pardon from Ronald Reagan for his ‘Shining conviction.

Johnson used the racing and car building knowledge he acquired while bootlegging to become one of the most successful drivers and owners in racing history. He was inducted into the 2010 inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

He’s also been featured in a number of TV shows on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, CBS Sunday Morning. He was the subject of the 1973 film “The Last American Hero” starring Jeff Bridges.

Here are some ‘Shine Cocktail recipes that I received with the fruit inclusions:

Blackberry Lemonade
2 oz. Midnight Moon Blackberry, over ice.
Fill with lemonade, garnish with a lemon twist.

Blackberry Ginger Splash
2 oz. Midnight Moon Blackberry, over ice.
Fill with ginger ale, garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Moon & Stars Watermelon Martini
1.5 oz Midnight Moon Original, .75 oz lime juice, .75 simple syrup, pinch of course Kosher salt, 3 one inch cubes of watermelon, 2 dashes Memphis BBQ bitters (optional). Muddle watermelon in shaker, add salt, ice, Midnight Moon, lime, syrup and bitters. Shake and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with thinly sliced watermelon.

Bacon Apple Pie Moonshine Martini
.5 oz Bacon Infused Midnight Moon Apple Pie Moonshine (recipe follows)
½ oz of Original Midnight Moon Moonshine (not bacon infused)
2.5 oz Clear Filtered Apple Juice
1 oz of Simple Syrup
1 ½ teaspoons of Maple Syrup
½ teaspoon of fresh squeezed Lime Juice
Apple Pie Spice Mix (available in baking aisle of most markets)

Place all ingredients, except the Spice Mix in Cocktail Shaker, add ice and shake vigorously.
Pour into a Martini Glass and sprinkle lightly with the Apple Pie Spice Mix

Bacon Infused Apple Pie Moonshine:
½ pound of bacon strips cut in half, then cooked until crisp but not burned
1 Jar Midnight Moon Apple Pie Moonshine

Pour out ½ cup of the Apple Pie Moonshine and set aside.
Stuff the bacon strips in the mason jar, and cover tightly
Refrigerate for 3 days or longer. Shake the jar a few times twice a day.
When ready to use, strain the Moonshine with a fine strainer lined with cheesecloth and throw away the bacon. If you want, you can put the jar in the freezer for 6 hours and strain it again to catch any remaining bacon fat.

Midnight Moon is supposed to be available now throughout the state of Michigan. Let me know where you find it and if you tried any of the recipes. Cheers! Oh, and please don’t drink and drive.

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Kitoula

As well as being a new contributor to "the urbane life", Katherine aka "Kitoula" writes for 'Street Eatzz" and blogs at "Kitoula’s Greek Food Journal". Her blog is a record of simple recipes, easy to prepare foods and excerpts from her Mother's old Greek cookbooks.

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  • Littleladyfinger

    Found it in NH..Some friends had Midnight Moon at a cookout. We were dipping brownies in it. OMG was that De’lish.

    I just brewed up some of my own infusion with plain Midnight Moon (corn moonshine).

    Midnight Blueberry Pie Shots

    1 bottle of Clear Midnight Moon (divided)

    2 Cups of blueberries (divided)
    2 Teaspoons of Agave Nectar (divided)

    2 Small Mason Jars with lids
    Juicer – if you don’t have a juicer heat the berries and strain threw cheese cloth or an ultra fine metal mesh strainer.

    Fill the Mason Jars 3/4 full of Clear Midnight Moon.

    Juice 1 cup of fresh Blueberries and reserve the rest whole.
    In my juicer I was able to yield 1/2 a cup of juice from 1 cup of blueberries.
    Strain any remaining pulp from the juice.

    Divide the juice into each mason jar.
    Add 1 tsp. of the Agave Nectar to each jar and stir.

    Add 1/2 a cup of whole blueberries to each jar.

    Let the infused jars sit for at least one week (a month is better).
    Serve at room temperature.
    CAUTION—-Servings: Less Than 1/2 a shot (Cause this will sneak up on you and kick your as*!!!)

    I want to try peanut butter next…imagine that with a swirl of chocolate syrup.



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