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Celebrate National Moonshine Day With Moonshine Cocktail Recipes

Celebrate National Moonshine Day With Moonshine Cocktail Recipes

We know what you’re thinking. One mention of the word ‘moonshine’, and immediately the image of a backwoods distillery ran by a hillbilly wearing overalls come to mind. Moonshine started off with a bad reputation. In reality, the moonshine you find on Spec’s shelves is 100% legal and regulated. Despite its notorious reputation, moonshine is just young whiskey that hasn’t been aged in oak barrels, which is what gives whiskey its distinct amber color.

If that’s not enough to change how you look at moonshine, we have a collection of outstanding cocktail recipes that will sway your opinion. Stock up at your local Spec’s, then get your ‘shine on for National Moonshine Day.

Watermelon Sling
1 ½ oz Unaged Moonshine
½ oz Aperol
1 ½ oz Fresh pressed watermelon juice
¾ oz Lemon juice
¾ oz Simple syrup
Fresh rosemary
1 Watermelon slice

Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Pour into a mason jar. Garnish with fresh rosemary and a watermelon slice.

Moonshine Mojito
2 oz Moonshine
10 Mint leaves
2 Lime wedges
1 tbsp Sugar
Club soda

Muddle mint, lime and sugar in a pint glass. Combine with shaker full of ice and add moonshine. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds and pour into a highball glass. Top with club soda.

The Peppy
1 oz Moonshine
¾ oz Peach Brandy
1 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ oz Simple syrup
3 Dashes orange bitters
1 Egg white
Maraschino cherries

Add all ingredients (except orange bitters) in a cocktail shaker and shake. Add ice and shake again. Pour into pre-chilled coupe glass and finish with 3 drops of orange bitters on top, in the shape of a triangle. Garnish with cherries.

The Salty Apple
2 oz Apple Pie Moonshine
2 oz Grapefruit juice
Lime slice for garnish

Build the cocktail in a salt-rimmed Old Fashioned glass over ice. Stir, and garnish with a lime wheel.

Ginger Snap
2 oz Apple Pie Moonshine
4 oz Ginger ale
Green apple slices for garnish

Mix cocktail in a Ball jar with ice. Stir, and garnish with a slice of green apple.


Owned and operated by the same Houston family since 1962, Spec’s is a true destination shopping experience. We now operate over 150 stores all over the great state of Texas and offer a large selection of wines, spirits and finer foods.

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