The best moonshine cocktails showcase the high alcohol content of the spirit while highlighting the liquor’s subtle flavor notes.
Most moonshine adds sweetness and many examples of the spirit incorporate fruit for added flavor. These recipes make good use of these characteristics to create tasty and sweet drinks for any time of year.
festive fall cocktails with spicy cinnamon to cocktails using other famous recipes, swapping the traditional spirit for potent moonshine, there are many options for crafting moonshine cocktails.
Try out these options for enjoyable drinks, perfect for enjoying your favorite spirit.
This easy-to-make recipe starts with apple pie moonshine and adds
sweet vanilla vodka for a layer of flavor and a more potent drink.
Despite these drinks being strong, Apple Pie Moonshine Cocktails are also deceptively sweet, especially with the addition of apple cider.
My favorite aspect was the cinnamon which added the perfect hint of spice to the drink.
A Chocolate Moonshine Cocktail balances booziness with decadence.
The recipe contains grain alcohol mixed with rich and sweet ingredients to create a dessert-like drink. Even though these are served cold, I thought these cocktails were the perfect winter treat.
Try garnishing these moonshine cocktails with crushed peppermints to add another layer of flavor that also makes it
a great Christmas cocktail!
Follow this Dreamsicle Moonshine Cocktail recipe to create a large batch of the drinks, perfect for sharing.
These creamy and citrusy drinks taste precisely like the summertime treat.
The recipe suggests, and I agree, making these ahead of time. The high-proof moonshine mellows out slightly over time, creating a delectable and addicting taste in these drinks.
other creamsicle flavored cocktails!
This recipe will be easy to follow if you know how to make lemonade.
The homemade lemonade makes the alcohol pop, so don’t skimp on the recipe with a powdered blend—fresh citrus pairs well with the potent liquor.
Serve this cocktail over ice on hot summer nights for a refreshing cocktail that goes down easy.
While similar to apple pie moonshine cocktails, this Peach Cobbler Moonshine Cocktail Recipe uses stone fruit to create its signature addicting taste.
Though it is possible to make with canned peaches, I suggest using
fresh peaches that are usually available in late summer.
The fresh fruit adds a juicy flavor masked by sweet and syrupy canned peaches.
In addition to being a great example of moonshine cocktails, this is a mason jar cocktail!
What I love most about Strawberry and Moonshine Jam Cocktail is that you don’t have to dirty additional equipment to make them. Use the jar to make the cocktail and drink it from the same vessel if you don’t feel like serving them in glasses.
The jam in these drinks adds fruity sweetness, making a delicious drink.
This combination of sweet strawberry and slightly bitter citrus from grapefruit pairs perfectly with a strong spirit like moonshine.
The Strawberry Salty Dog Moonshine Cocktail utilizes a salted rim to contrast the fruity and tart flavors.
For me, this touch makes this drink stand out as exceptionally well-balanced and creates an appealing look to the cocktail!
A twist on
the classic cocktail, a Moonshine Margarita puts a new spin on the traditional drink.
In addition to swapping tequila for moonshine, the recipe does add some other substitutions.
Orange juice adds extra sweetness and citrus, but the added grapefruit soda is one of the biggest differences. This ingredient brings an extra effervescence not present in standard margaritas.
Another example of a new take on a classic drink, the Moonshine Mule, has a straightforward recipe close to the original.
These refreshing drinks
with ginger beer are great for creating sweet cocktails without being overly sugary.
Fresh ginger adds a layer of spice and is my favorite component of these moonshine cocktails.
The Basil Peach Moonshine Cocktail starts with boozy peaches, which you can make yourself or purchase the recipe recommended, Ole Smokey Moonshine Peaces.
I liked using these pre-soaked peaches since they cut down on the time needed to make the cocktail.
Plus, you can add the extra moonshine in the jar to create an even more potent drink!
Another dessert-inspired drink, the Key Lime Pie Moonshine Cocktail, has the robust citrus flavor you’d expect from the drink.
The vanilla simple syrup adds a sweet flavor mimicking the famous pie. These sweet, sour, and strong cocktails are served over ice, making them perfect for warm summer nights.
Add fresh lime for even more citrus flavor.
While this moonshine and lemonade recipe is similar to others, the Pink Lemonade Moonshine Cocktail has several differences to add color and character to the drink.
The lemonade base also contains grenadine for color, but an additional sour mix is added to create the cocktail.
My favorite aspect of this drink is the lime soda element, adding bubbles to the drink.
The Cherry Limeade Cocktail calls for boozy cherries and, like another recipe on this list, recommends
Ole Smoky brand rather than making them yourself.
No other spirits are used, only the cherries, so after adding lemon-lime soda, this becomes a refreshing cocktail without being too strong.
If you want a more potent drink, I recommend adding some moonshine from the cherry jar.
I love this fruity, slightly spicy cocktail! It contains a lot of fresh fruit, perfect for hot summer afternoons.
Blockader’s Blackberry Moonshine combines with tropical pineapple juice to create a fruity but not too sweet taste.
A dash of cayenne pepper adds the contrasting heat that makes the Blackberry Moonshine Cocktail a crowd-pleasing favorite.
Though this cocktail tastes sweet, the maple syrup also brings savory notes out in the Maple Moonshine Cocktail.
I recommend this option if you enjoy savory options! Lemon juice and soda water add effervescence and lightness to this complex-tasting but easily-made cocktail.
These are the perfect anytime drink since they’re refreshing with a unique flavor palate.
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