My brother-in-law, Cheyenne, only gets back to our little state about once a year. But when he comes up for vacation, it’s like a little vacation for us too.
This time it was even more of a nightly “time out” from the stresses of everyday life than usual, because he showed up with a bottle of moonshine.
And a lot of fresh ginger.
Friday night he set up his Vitamix, and went to work concocting a cocktail that was so delicious – and potent – that when it occurred to us that the perfect mixer would be ginger beer, we didn’t dare walk down the block to the store.
The sidewalk might have been hard to find.
We were a fairly giddy.
This is based off of a Long Island iced tea, but with moonshine substituted in for the gin.
Be prepared to stay in for the evening.
Appalachian Mountain Wah-Hoo!
Makes 2-4 cocktails.
1 teaspoon confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon warm water
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
1 ½ oz. vodka
1 ½ oz. moonshine
1 ½ oz. white rum
1 ½ oz. tequila
1 ½ oz. lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Stir the sugar and water together in a small bowl.
Place all of the ingredients in a Vitamix, food processor or blender.
Serve as “shooters,” or combined with ginger ale, or ginger beer to taste.
(Photo by Launie Kettler, recipe by Cheyenne Kettler)