I’m Dreaming of a Moonshine Christmas

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Blueberry Pie Moonshine Recipe

By Brad Smith at Giffin’s Guide

Bring a bottle of this homemade blueberry pie moonshine to your next gathering and you will go home with more friends than you arrived with.

In this recipe for homemade blueberry pie moonshine, the alcohol taste is not so subtle. Actually, it comes right out and smacks you in the face but then goes easily down with a nice full blueberry aftertaste. Blueberry pie moonshine is more my style as it is designed to be a slow sipper instead of a big gulper like apple pie moonshine sometimes can turn out to be.

To get this started, let me first go on record and say again, this is not real homemade moonshine. This is a very strong mixed drink that can have the appearance of moonshine since it is stored in a jar like the real stuff.


1/2 bottle of 190 proof Everclear (750ml)
1/2 cup of vanilla whipped Vodka
1 can of blueberry pie filling
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 gallon of Blueberry Juice or juice cocktail (found at any grocery store)
1 tub of blueberries
5 cinnamon sticks


Begin by bringing the juice, cinnamon sticks, and whole blueberries to a slow simmer in a large soup pot.

When simmering, add in the brown sugar and one can of blueberry pie filling. Stir slowly and continue to simmer for about 25 minutes.
When the blueberries are soft and the all the sugars are dissolved, turn the heat off and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.

Once at room temperature, add in 1/2 cup of vanilla whipped vodka, and about 1/2 of the bottle of Everclear.

Transfer the moonshine into 1 quart jars and store in the refrigerator for at least 5 days before drinking.

This will be a much harsher drink than the apple pie moonshine, so be ready for that. The blueberries just don’t hide the strong alcohol taste, however with slow sips, this drink is delicious. The longer it ages in the fridge, the better it will be. I would suggest at least three or four days. This recipe, as listed, will make just over 3 quarts. You may need to experiment with the amount of Everclear to add to this recipe. I enjoy bourbon and rum straight up, so stronger tasting drinks are right up my alley.

There are some variations to this homemade moonshine that I have found as well:

Variation #1. Use about 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract instead of the vodka.

Variation #2. Strain the blueberries out of the mixture. However, I like putting the blueberries in the jars and eating them later…

Variation #3. Use white sugar instead of brown. It will taste a little more like juice and not so much like pie though.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Moonshine


1 750ml bottle of 190 proof everclear – If you can’t get this in your state, a high proof vodka will work also
1 750ml bottle of chocolate liqueur – I used Crave Chocolate Truffle
2 jars of 32 oz tart cherry juice
1 large jar of maraschino cherries
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
Any size mason jars of your choosing

To get this chocolate covered cherry moonshine recipe going, bring the cherry juice to a boil in a larger pot. Once boiling, add in the large jar of maraschino cherries and 1/2 cup of both white and brown sugar. Stir for a few minutes until all the sugar is dissolved. At that point, turn the heat off and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.

Once cooled to room temperature, pour in 2 1/2 cups of the everclear into the mixture along with 1 full cup of the chocolate liqueur. Feel free to add more everclear if you like. The cherry hides the alcohol taste very well so you can probably get away with a whole bottle of the everclear if you are feeling froggy. I like strong booze though so more isn’t a problem for me. I intentionally made this batch a little weaker because I was bringing this for a family gathering and was more concerned with taste than effect. However you roll is up to you.

Stir the mixture until everything is blended then pour into mason jars of the size of your choosing. I also added the cherries from mixture to the jars as well. I also used pint jars so I can give them away as Christmas presents to a few people. Be careful though! Depending on the amount of everclear you add to the mixture, this can be very strong!
These should store in your fridge for a long time, but otherwise, just keep them in the cupboard or closet until you are ready for them. Normally these types of drinks are better after a week or so anyways.

$4,000 Dollar a Bottle Whiskey

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Michter’s WhiskeyBy BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | November 29, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A new whiskey created in Kentucky features a blend of age and scarcity that spiked demand — and its price.

As a result, whiskey fans including celebrities and corporate chiefs are angling to snatch up limited stocks of Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey for nearly $4,000 per bottle. Shots won’t come cheap, either, fetching an expected $350 a pop.

Limited-edition offerings, with heftier prices than typical stocks, have become commonplace as American whiskey makers dabble in new flavors to lure customers. But the latest introduction by Michter’s Distillery LLC breaks into a pricing stratosphere that could reverberate across the industry.

“This is kind of new territory,” said industry observer F. Paul Pacult, editor of the newsletter Spirit Journal.

“It’s going to start a whole rush of interest in very high-end bourbons, American whiskeys and American spirits. This kind of throws the challenge out.”

The Michter’s product will reach shelves Monday in select liquor stores, restaurants, bars or hotels in such places as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Aspen, Colo., Chicago, Palm Beach, Fla., Houston and Boston. The company produced a scant 273 bottles of the blend of whiskeys, some aged up to 30 years, and all are spoken for, its top executive said. Read more

A Very Whiskey Christmas

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The Vaportini Liquor Inhaler is exactly what it sounds like. “About 5 minutes after the vessel containing the spirits is placed on the base, it is ready to consume. The recommended amount of spirits is 1 ounce. One inhales through the straw and holds their breathe for a moment and then exhales.” Apparently, it hits your bloodstream immediately. Higher-proof bourbons, in particular, vape well.  Price: $40


“The Godfather by Mario Puzo Secret Safe Flask Book” comes with a stainless steel 6 oz. flask. It has a magnetic closure so your booze won’t leak. A great novel for great liquid. Price: $56


Sparq Whiskey Stones hhis set of 9 soapstone rocks will keep your whiskey cold — if that’s how you or your guests drink it — without watering it down. These also work well if you’ve got a bottle of unchilled white wine you’re looking to crack open. Price: $20


Whiskey “shaving soap” Scented with whiskey and cederwood, “Portland General Store’s Old Fashioned Wet Shave Soap” is a fine addition to any whiskey-drinker’s toilettree kit. Because, well, why not? Price: $24



Whiskey soap and while you’re at it, get some Dish Whiskey Soap. Sixteen ounces of “barrel-aged, charcoal-filtered, whiskey-inspired sink soap. Now you’ll never not smell like booze. Price: $16



Roly Poly Rocking Whiskey Glasses These hand-blown old fashioned glasses roll around without spilling. Perfect for children, or whiskey. Set of 6. Price: $35


Vintage cigar box with hidden bottles of whiskey It’s quite possible that this gift will make your whiskey drinker doubly happy, as cigars and whiskey often go hand in hand. Price: $75



1 Liter personalized whiskey barrel Maybe your whiskey drinker is more into blue jeans than smoking jackets. In that case, a decanter will not do. Go for this personalized whiskey barrel instead. Price: $60


Whiskey Cask Cabinet This awesome cabinet is made out of an old whiskey barrel, in case you want your entire bar to be whiskey themed. Price: $325


Crystal Skull Head decanter another variation on the decanter, this time with a bit of a morbid twist. Comes with two shot glasses. Perfect for the drinker with whiskey on the brain. Price: $30.43

whiskeyrum-making-kitWhiskey/rum making kit The only thing that compares with drinking great whiskey is making it? This kit allows the whiskey lover in your life to do just that right at home. They can deviate to rum too if they want. Price: $25-$70




Whiskey Flasks Made From Classic Nintendo Video Game Cartridges

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nintndo whiskey flask

Ink Whiskey founder Matt Cornell and his team have created The Entertainment Flask, a concealable series of whiskey flasks made from classic Nintendo video game cartridges. They also made some fantastic alcohol-themed labels based on well-known NES video games. Ink Whiskey is raising funds on Kickstarter to help with production costs.


How Women Saved Whiskey

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bring-boozeA new book, Whiskey Women, dispels the masculine myths linked to spirits such as whisky and bourbon, and gives the pioneering women behind booze their due.  “Women have never received credit for their efforts in the alcohol industry,” says author Fred Minnick, an award-winning spirits and Wall Street Journal writer.  Whiskey Women looks at the roles women played – from their part in inventing beer and distillation, to owning and managing iconic whisky brands, running bootlegging operations and saving the spirits industry from Prohibition. Visit Potomacbooksinc.com for more information.

Smoky Iced Tea And Whiskey Cooler

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  • 3 ounces brewed Lapsang Souchong tea, chilled
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  • 1 ounce rye whiskey
  • Dash Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: Lemon twist

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine tea, lemon, ginger liqueur, whisky, and bitters. Shake for 12 seconds. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon twist and serve immediately.

Drinking with Buddha

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Evanston, IL (PRWEB) January 21, 2012

The Walking Buddha cocktail, created by Warren Bobrow, brings equal parts Few Spirits White Whiskey and Ron de Jeremy Rum with toasted fruit juices of lime, tangerine, and grapefruit with rose simple syrup and bitters to help you stay warm and dream of the tropics! Inspired by Anthony Bourdain & his travels through San Francisco, and a love of tiki bars, the Walking Buddha is the antidote to winter.

The Walking Buddha Cocktail

Makes two rather enlightening cocktails!


Few White Whiskey

Ron de Jeremy Rum

Royal Rose “Rose” Simple Syrup

Charred in a cast iron pan then freshly squeezed – Lime, Grapefruit and Tangerine juices (Essential!)

Bitter End Thai Bitters or Angostura Bitters and a bit of chopped hot pepper

Coconut Water Ice (Essential!) -please find the recipe below-


Fill a cocktail shaker ½ with regular ice

Add 2 shots each Few White Whiskey and Ron de Jeremy or your brands of choice

Add 4 Tablespoons of Royal Rose “Rose” Syrup

Peel the citrus of all white pith (it’s very bitter) and segment. Char in a cast iron or your choice of pan, cool then juice

Add the Freshly squeezed juices, about 1 shot of each one

Add 1 tsp of the bitters

Shake and strain into two short Rocks glasses with roughly crushed coconut water cubes, garnish with a tangerine slice

Drink Some Whiskey, Call me in the Morning

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During Prohibition in the United States, which took effect 93 years ago this week, many doctors boosted their practices by doling out medicinal alcohol prescriptions. Some went so far as to challenge the legality of dosage limits imposed by federal and state authorities.

An official medicinal alcohol prescription from the 1920s.

This week marks the 93rd anniversary of the ratification of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the related Volstead Act, which banned the manufacture, sale and transport of intoxicating beverages. Over the next 14 years, seasoned alcoholics and recreational dabblers alike famously flocked to speakeasies—but these illegal saloons weren’t the only places where liquor flowed during the 1920s. In fact, some Americans looked no further than their doctors, who could lawfully write prescriptions for whiskey, brandy and even beer that could be filled at drugstores nationwide. Read more..




National prohibition on alcohol manufacturing, consumption and shipments started in 1920, a product of the 18th Amendment and federal legislation.

But its roots went back decades, emerging from a stew of religious activism, optimistic reform and the thrust to regulate big business — including banks, railroads and meat companies. By 1917, more than a dozen states had already drafted tough anti-alcohol laws in response to the perceived perils of alcohol: addiction, violence and the breakup of families. Read more…


How To Make Infused Liquors

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Via The Charleston City Paper by Erica Jackson Curran

The Cocktail Club’s Jasmine Beck is just one local bartender who’s turned drink-making into an art form. Charleston’s always been a drinking town, but in recent years we’ve seen a surge in respect for old-school mixing methods with a modern, artisanal twist. Beck approaches each drink like a chef creating a complex dish, blending subtle layers of flavor to achieve an effect that will knock your socks off. She often takes things to the next level by infusing liquors with fresh ingredients, from espresso to beets to habeñero. And although mixing her concoctions is no easy task, infusing liquor is something you can easily do at home. Read More…

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