This Christmas we wanted to give friends something different, something unique. So, we started a new "hobby"... we became moonshiners! (Somebody out there in blogland, please tell me you like this show as much as we do?! Oh the suspense of almost getting caught making bootleg liquor!)
Ok, so I admit it's not real moonshine. We don't have a still hidden somewhere in the Alaskan wilderness. We're not that crazy. All it took was a couple of simple ingredients, a very large pot and some alcohol that I'm pretty sure could be used as nail polish remover.
So what did people think? We got a few different reactions when they read the word "moonshine" on the tag - A chuckle followed by a "No you didn't" or an immediate upturned nose. But as soon as they got past the name, and maybe the burning sensation in their nose, and as soon as it touched their lips, everybody loved it!
The apple pie flavor is spot on and you can either enjoy it as a sipper or by adding it to a hot-tottie. But, a word to the wise: Don't drink too much, or you might have a wicked headache the next day (as told to me by a coworker who shall remain nameless).
So if you're feeling adventurous, or in need of a really unique gift, you can find the recipe below. It's as simple as pie. (haha, get it?!)
- 1/2 galloon apple juice
- 1/2 gallon apple cider
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 whole clove
- 1 bottle of everclear (or other high proof liquor)
- Mix first 6 ingredient in large pot over medium-low heat.
- Bring to a simmer, allowing sugar to dissolve.
- Remove from heat and cool completely.
- Mix in Everclear.
- Pour in mason jars.