Drink of the Weekend – April 12th -

- Brian’s Shine T -

 

Welcome to the inaugural FANFOOD Drink of the Weekend. Every weekend we will provide you with recipes for great drinks that are perfect for your backyard BBQ, or at your next tailgate party. There will be no silly concoctions that involve special glasses, have fancy names or ones that you need to pair with food. In other words, they are Manly drinks, ones that you would be proud to serve to your buddies while watching a hockey game.

Let’s kick things off with one that is made with moonshine.

Hooch. white lightning, mountain dew, white dog, raw whiskey, call it what you will, moonshine’s had a lot of names over the years. It’s been redefined and now more popular than ever. It’s a common misconception that this liquor itself is illegal. Illegally produced alcohol dates back centuries, when it was first traded in different areas of Europe, but the term “moonshine” is probably most infamous for its association with Kentucky mountain men who hustled the liquid under the light of the moon during Prohibition. It’s not the corn whiskey that’s illegal— it’s the act of producing it without a license.

Unaged, just-off-the-still whiskey has become a hot trend. Since it is not aged in barrels, white whiskey lets the flavor of the grain–corn, wheat, and rye are most common–shine through. Bartenders are experimenting with this clear, lightly sweet spirit as an alternative to aged whiskey or vodka. Even BBQ guru Adam Perry Lang is getting into the moonshine game.

He helped found Stillhouse distillery’s with Brad Beckerman, and they hope to have you mixing and drinking their Original Moonshine like no other whiskey prior. “Moonshine is traditional corn whiskey, but what we’re doing here that’s different is positioning clear whiskey as a new category of spirit,” Beckerman says. “Typically you wouldn’t think of making cocktails with whiskey. Outside of maybe a whiskey sour, people don’t mix whiskey with tonic. Original Moonshine is positioning as a premium clear whiskey that is not only mixable, but also tastes great on the rocks.

They are not the only ones helping with this trend, you can now buy many different types of moonshine in liquor stores.  Even the show Bar Rescue recently aired an epsodie where they helped change a bar’s persona with moonshine drinks. They even created a pouring system for the mason jars that most typical white dog comes in. Brian’s version is variation of one such recipe from the show.

 

Brian’s Shine-T

2 oz. Blackberry Moonshine
1 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. honey syrup
3 oz. black tea

Combine moonshine, lemon juice, and honey syrup in a shaker and shake with ice.

Strain into a glass and top with tea.

Throw a lemon wedge  in there as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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