Monday, August 5, 2013

Moonshine Madness

OK, this has become a big thing at game nights and band practice! 

I recently made 2 new [half] batches of "moonshine", bringing my total offerings to 5 flavors. You can check out my previous posts on the subject, including recipes, here and here.

For one of the batches, the recipe is mostly unaltered, only swapping out blackberry juice for apple juice. However, the other batch is a bit different, and is a request by a friend--Chocolate Espresso. There is another request from fellow gamer and band mate that is uniquely strange and I will discuss that one if/when it comes to happen!!



BLACKBERRY MOONSHINE

Ingredients:
1 gallon Blackberry Juice
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
3/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
2 packets Spiced Apple mix
4 whole Cinnamon Sticks
4 whole cloves
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 tbs Lemon Juice
500 ml (3/4 bottle) 190-Proof Grain Alcohol

Preparations:
Combine all ingredients (except for the alcohol) in a large stock pot and bring to a boil.

Remove the pot from heat and let cool to room temperature. Remove the cloves, then add in the alcohol.

Immediately transfer to sterile mason jars (I use 4 1-quart jars). I also put one cinnamon stick in each jar.

The concoction is ready for consumption, warm or cold! I store them in my beer fridge, but they will keep just fine in a cool dark place.

As with the previous batches, I estimate the final alcohol content to be about 40 proof.



CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO MOONSHINE

Ingredients:
1-1/4 gallon Freshly Brewed Espresso Coffee
2-1/4 tbs Unsweetened Cocoa
3 cups Chocolate Syrup
2 tbs Chocolate Extract
4 whole Cinnamon Sticks
4 whole Cloves
2 tbs Vanilla Extract
500 ml (3/4 bottle) 190-Proof Grain Alcohol

Preparations:
Combine all ingredients (except for the alcohol) in a large stock pot and bring to a boil.

Remove the pot from heat and let cool to room temperature. Remove the cloves, then add in the alcohol.

Immediately transfer to sterile mason jars (I use 4 1-quart jars). I also put one cinnamon stick in each jar.

The concoction is ready for consumption, warm or cold! I store them in my beer fridge, but they will keep just fine in a cool dark place.

As with the previous batches, I estimate the final alcohol content to be about 40 proof.

If anyone tries these out or has a suggestion for a future flavor, leave a comment below! Oh, I almost forgot... Any leftovers that don't fit in the jars should be consumed by the cook.