10 Perfect Moonshine Cocktails

Do you love moonshine? Are you looking for a way to incorporate it into your alcohol experiences a little more often? Do you find it difficult to drink it straight, but want to enjoy it in cocktails? If any of these are true of you, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll introduce you to some of the best moonshine cocktails around. Whether you’re a newcomer to the enjoyment of moonshine or you just want to broaden your horizons a little bit and try some concoctions you may not have ever tried before, you’re sure to find something interesting from our list below. So let’s get started!

Strawberry Moonshine Cocktail

  • 2 tbsp Meyer lemon juice

  • 2 tbsp strawberry jam

  • 2 sliced strawberries

  • 2 shots white moonshine

  • Club soda

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Drop in lemon juice, jam, and moonshine, then stir vigorously until the jam has dissolved in the mixture. Pour over ice and top with club soda. Garnish with sliced strawberries.

Strawberry Salty Dog

  • 2/3 cup strawberry juice

  • 2/3 cup grapefruit juice

  • 1/3 cup white moonshine

  • Sliced strawberry

  • Pink Himalayan sea salt

Coat the rim of your glass with the pink salt, then fill it with ice. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add strawberry juice, grapefruit juice, and moonshine. Shake vigorously to combine well. Strain over ice in the glass and garnish with the sliced strawberry.

Sex in the Woods

  • 1 shot of white moonshine

  • 1.5oz orange juice

  • 1.5oz cranberry juice

  • 3/4oz. peach schnapps

  • Sliced orange

Choose a tall glass and fill it all the way with crushed ice. Add moonshine, orange juice, cranberry juice, and schnapps. Stir with a swizzle spoon until everything is combined. Garnish with the sliced orange.

Peach Cobbler

  • 64oz. peach white grape juice

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup white moonshine (optional: choose peach flavored moonshine to up the taste)

  • 4 peeled and quartered peaches

  • ½ cup peach schnapps

Combine brown sugar in a pot with cinnamon, peaches, and white grape juice. Bring to a boil over low heat and boil for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves completely, then let cool to room temperature. Add moonshine and schnapps, then stir to combine well. Cover and chill before serving. Pour over ice and garnish with the sliced peaches that have been sitting in the mixture.

Dreamsicle

  • ½ cup powdered French vanilla flavored coffee creamer

  • 3 cups white moonshine

  • 1 gallon orange juice

  • 4 tsp real vanilla extract

  • 2 cups white table sugar

Add orange juice to a pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add white sugar, coffee creamer, and vanilla, and stir continuously while cooking to dissolve sugar and creamer. Remove from heat and let cool until room temperature. Stir in moonshine. Chill in the refrigerator or store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for 48 hours before serving. Serve in a mason jar for best results.

Apple Pie

  • 4oz apple pie flavored moonshine (Ole Smoky brand is ideal)

  • 1oz lemon juice

  • 4oz apple juice

  • 1 cup water

  • 4 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 cup white table sugar

  • ½ sliced apple

Place water in a pot with 2 cinnamon sticks and 1 cup white table sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then cover and remove from the heat. Let stand 30 minutes, then strain to remove cinnamon before allowing it to cool the rest of the way to room temperature. Next, add moonshine to a cocktail shaker along with apple juice, lemon juice, and 2 ounces of the cinnamon syrup mixture you have just made. Add enough ice to fill about two-third of the way, then stir for 15 seconds. Strain and serve over fresh ice. Garnish with sliced apple and remaining 2 cinnamon sticks.

Moonshine Slush

  • 1 cup white table sugar

  • 4-1/2 cups water

  • 1-1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

  • 12oz frozen lemonade

  • 1 bottle sparkling lemonade

  • 1-1/2 cup white moonshine

Boil sugar and water over medium heat until sugar dissolves entirely, then let cool for 10 minutes. Use about ½ cup of this mixture in your blender along with the blueberries, and blend until smooth. Pour blueberry mixture back into pot and add moonshine and frozen lemonade, stirring well. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. Scrape with a fork before serving to reach the right consistency. Serve topped with sparkling lemonade.

Coconut Sunrise

  • 1 jigger grenadine

  • 3 jiggers coconut flavored moonshine

  • 5 cups orange juice

  • Maraschino cherries

  • Shredded unsweetened coconut

Add grenadine to a cocktail shaker along with moonshine and orange juice. Shake well to combine. Pour over ice without straining. Garnish with maraschino cherries and a pinch of coconut on top.

Chocolate Moonshine

  • 1 quart heavy whipping cream

  • 8oz good dark chocolate

  • 1 cup water

  • 1-1/4 cup white table sugar

  • 1 tbsp real vanilla extract

  • 1 cup white moonshine

Break chocolate into small pieces, then add to a pot with cream and heat over medium. Heat and stir until smooth. Add sugar, then heat and stir until smooth again. Add vanilla and water, then heat and stir once more. Boil over medium for 2 minutes, then let cool for 20 minutes. Pour in moonshine and stir a final time to combine. Serve immediately.

Ready to go out and grab the first jar of moonshine you see? Remember that some of these cocktail recipes call for flavored moonshine, while others rely on the straight-up classic flavor of this beloved beverage. Be sure you pick the right shine for the job, and if possible, try to sample the ones you’re considering before you buy. This way, you’ll know if you’re getting something strong enough for your cocktail—which shouldn’t be much of a concern when it comes to moonshine. Don’t be afraid to get creative as you explore this favorite potable, too, and try making some of these concoctions with different flavors of moonshine from the ones mentioned. You never know what new and exciting creation you may come up with you branch out a little and start sampling some of the lesser-known moonshine flavors out there.

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