Valentine’s Day Cocktails with Moonshine, 2011

Valentine’s Day Cocktails with Moonshine, 2011

Little did I know that Moonshine is a brand of “clear corn whiskey” — unaged, white dog whiskey for the rest of us. The company is sending a sample for us to review, but in the meantime, I took an interest in the Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes it sent along. You can sub in another white whiskey, or, realistically, white rum or vodka, if Moonshine is not available.

The Smitten Shine
2 oz. Moonshine
.5 oz. Cherry Heering Liqueur
3 dashes Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters
.5 oz. simple syrup
.5 oz. lemon juice
.5 oz. egg white
chocolate for shavings
8 raspberries

In a mixing glass muddle 5 raspberries add all other ingredients and dry shake to emulsify egg white. Add ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with 3 raspberries and chocolate shavings.

The Cupid Shine
2 oz. Moonshine
.75 oz. strawberry simple syrup
.5 oz. Aperol
5 dashes chocolate bitters

Stir all ingredients. Strain into old fashioned glass with one large cube of ice. Garnish with either chocolate covered strawberry or strawberry half and shaved chocolate.

St. Valenshine
1 oz. Moonshine
.5 oz. lime juice
3 Luxardo cherries
2 dashes Fee Brothers cherry bitters
.5 oz simple syrup
2.5 oz. Brut Champagne

Pour all ingredients into a shaker except Champagne. Muddle and shake lightly for 6 seconds. Strain into a Champagne flute and top with Brut Champagne. Garnish with a Luxardo cherry.

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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