When we were growing up the holidays, were so much different then they are today. It was always about being with family and laughing, sharing stories, eating and drinking. There was always lots of food and always drinks on hand.
Now a days we are alone for most holidays, but we also try to keep the drinks on hand in case of visitors. There are always an array of mixed drink bottles and wine for those guests who love a mixed drink.
Recently my husband and I had a chance to do a moonshine, tasting test and were very pleased with the different flavors. Our favorite was the Cranberry Spice Moonshine; this has to be one of the best I have tried. Just the right combination of spice and cranberry, neither are over berrying of the other. The spice gives it the unique taste and the cranberry finish it off.
Something different to treat your guests or yourself. Makes a great night cap drink, or a dinner drink. And what’s great about this is there’s no nasty after taste like some drinks can do.
Homemade infusions are a great holiday gift idea, offering unique flavors not seen in stores and a personalized, handcrafted touch. What’s better, they are so easy to make at home—simply add the flavor element of your choice to a neutral spirit, such as Everclear, and allow it to soak in the alcohol in order to extract the flavor. Virtually any flavor you love and associate with the holidays can work in an infusion—from cranberries and chocolate to pumpkin and apple pie—which can be enjoyed on its own or in a unique, top-notch cocktail crafted right in your kitchen.
CRANBERRY SPICE MOONSHINE
1 pound fresh or frozen cranberries
6 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon whole cloves
½ teaspoon whole allspice berries
2 whole nutmeg, quartered
3 cups apple cider
½ gallon cranberry juice
1 (750 ml) bottle Everclear®
- Roughly chop cranberries, combine with Everclear® in a large, sealable container.
- Steep one week in the refrigerator.
- Once steeped, combine cranberry juice, cider and spices in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let sit another 30 minutes or until cool.
- Strain both mixtures into a large, sealable container..
- Gift and enjoy responsibly. May be served warm or chilled.
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Have you ever tried Moonshine, if so what flavor?
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