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5 Spirits that Make Great Gifts

5 Spirits that Make Great Gifts

These will make great gifts for the spirit lover in your life

Whether it’s poured into coffee or mixed in a martini, Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur a gift that will be loved.

If you have a few hard-to-buy-for friends on your gift lists, why not take some notes on their liquor habits? Whether they enjoy making cocktails or just want something to pour over ice, it’s not hard to find the right spirit.

Blue Bay Chair Spiced Coconut Rum ($17.99)
Don’t be deceived by the word “spiced;” this spirit from country crooner Kenny Chesney is more Rumchata than Captain Morgan. The coconut cream makes it a cocktail with no more than a little ice.

Fords London Dry Gin ($29.99)
For the gin drinker, pick up a bottle of Fords. There is no doubt what spirit this is as juniper is the clearest flavor, but eight other botanicals are there as well, including grapefruit from Turkey and jasmine from China.

Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey ($48.99)
Your favorite whiskey lover will love this whiskey made with Rocky Mountain water. While the first sip on your tongue of this 100-percent barley whiskey may seem powerful, it goes down smooth.

Dark Chocolate Godiva Liqueur ($32.99)
This bottle is a chocolate lover’s dream. It’s deep, dark liqueur from one of the world’s most renowned chocolate makers. Whether it’s poured into coffee or mixed in a martini, it’s a gift that will be loved.

Reyka Vodka ($23.00)
If you are looking for an unusual present for a vodka lover, try Reyka. This Icelandic vodka is produced with glacial water in small batches for a smooth, impurity-free taste.

These 5 Holiday Cocktail Recipes Will Make Your Spirits Bright This Season

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Although holiday gatherings will look a bit different this year, you can still ɼheers' over Zoom! And if you're looking for some festive libations to celebrate the holiday season, look no further than! The nation's biggest alcohol e-commerce and delivery platform will deliver everything you need for your seasonal cocktails to your doorstep in under 60 minutes. Whether you're in need of wine, Champagne, whiskey, beer, garnishes or mixers, Drizly has you covered.

Drizly also has some pretty delicious cocktail recipes to keep you merry this season. If you fancy something sweet, we recommend their Christmas Cookie Shots. Or if you want something strong that will warm you up after being in the cold, whip up some Canada Dry Warm Ginger Apple Rum Punch!

See below for our favorite holiday cocktail recipes on Cheers!

In a mixing glass with ice, add rye whiskey, Campari, and sweet vermouth and stir with a bar spoon until chilled. Strain into a classic cocktail glass and top with sparkling wine Garnish with rosemary.

Measure out all ingredients into a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously until chilled thoroughly. Strain liquid equally into 5 shot glasses. Enjoy!

How to Infuse Liquor

Infused liquor may sound complicated, but it really couldn't be easier. In fact, it only requires about 20 minutes of hands-on time, including the gift wrapping!

Step 1: Choose your Liquor and Flavorings

The first and most obvious step is to choose your infusion. Most common liquors, like vodka, tequila, rum, whiskey and gin, are all great choices. More complex liquors, like mezcal, aren't as easy to work with.

Vodka is my favorite option - it's essentially a blank canvas that can take on any flavor combination. If you're not a fan of vodka, tequila and rum are easy to start with, too.

When it comes to choosing flavors to infuse, think about your favorite cocktails involving that liquor. Rum, for example, is often used with tropical flavors like pineapple, mango, guava, etc. Whiskey, on the other hand, often calls for warmer flavors like cinnamon, anise, orange and vanilla.

You can infuse liquor with just about anything - fresh fruit, herbs, spices, dried fruit, and anything else your heart desires. It's best to stick with just a few complementary flavors - don't overdo it with too many ingredients. Here's a breakdown of the ingredients we used in these infusions:

  • Vodka + Fresh strawberries + Vanilla Bean
  • Tequila + Jalapeño + Lime
  • Gin + Fresh Ginger + Lemon + Cardamom
  • Rum + Fresh Pineapple
  • Whiskey + Cranberries + Orange + Cinnamon

It doesn't have to be complicated. The pineapple infused rum (just 1 ingredient!) is actually my favorite - it's SO good in tropical cocktails!

Step 2: Start your infusion

All you need to get started is a bottle of liquor, your flavorings of choice, and a clean glass jar with an airtight lid. Since most bottles of alcohol have small spouts, you'll have to infuse in a separate jar.

We find that quart-sized mason jars work really well. They have an easy-to-seal lid, and they're cheap and easy to find online or in stores.

If you're using fresh fruits, wash and dry them before adding to the jars. The amount depends on the infusion. If you're infusing liquor with fruit, you can add a lot, but go easy on the spices and herbs, which tend to impart stronger flavor. Of course, if that's what you're going for - that's perfectly fine! But too much ginger or cinnamon can be pretty overwhelming.

Unless you're totally confident about how much to add, I'd suggest consulting a recipe first. A quick google search should answer most of your questions!

Add the ingredients to the jar, then fill the jar with your liquor of choice. Seal the jar with an airtight lid and store in a dark, cool place until it's ready to strain.

How long should I infuse liquor?

Again, this really depends on the ingredients/type of liquor.

For something like strawberry infused vodka, you can leave it to infuse for up to a week. In fact, the longer you infuse it, the better it will taste! Last year when we made it for the wedding, we ended up leaving it for about a week and it smelled more like syrup than vodka. So good!

For something like jalapeño infused tequila, however, less than 24 hours will do the trick. In fact, if you're heat-sensitive, 10-12 hours is plenty. We use this same rule of thumb for infusions made with lots of herbs or spices.

If you're not sure, open the jar after 24-48 hours and give it a smell. If it's very fragrant from the infusion, it's probably good to go. If not, let it infuse for another day or two and check again. As a general rule of thumb, 3-5 days is the perfect amount for most infusions.

And don't worry - even if you're using fresh fruit, you don't have to worry about anything going bad. The alcohol prevents any mold from growing on the fruit, so even after you strain it, you can keep it for years.

Step 3: Strain and store your infused liquor

To strain your infusion, pour the liquor through a fine mesh sieve into a wide-mouth jar, measuring cup or glass bowl. If the infusion contains fruit with seeds/pulp (like strawberries), line the sieve with a cheesecloth to remove as much sediment as possible.

Discard the fruit/infusion ingredients. Clean the glass jar you used for the infusion and return the infused liquor to the jar. Seal and store in a dark, cool place. It will last indefinitely, but we're willing to bet you'll get through it pretty quickly!

How to use infused liquors

There are really no rules when it comes to using your DIY infusions. Add them to any cocktail for more flavor. You may even find you can use less sugar than usual, especially if it's a fruit-infused liquor.

Here are a few quick ideas using our infusions:

  • Use jalapeño-infused tequila in these Frozen Watermelon Margaritas or these Pineapple Jalapeño Margaritas
  • Use strawberry vanilla bean infused vodka in a Moscow Mule or Strawberry Peach Sangria
  • Use cranberry orange cinnamon whiskey in this Cranberry Orange Whiskey Cocktail or this Hot Apple Cider Cocktail
  • Use pineapple-infused rum in this Pineapple Coconut Rum Punch or this Long Island Iced Tea
  • Spike homemade lemonade with lemon ginger infused gin

The possibilities are endless - we'd love to hear how you're using your infusions in the comments below!

Women-Made Spirits Make Great Gifts

Dr. Nicola Nice crafted Pomp & Whimsy in honor of the historic gin cordials that women and men used . [+] to drink equally during Victorian times.

Though women remain underrepresented in the liquor industry, they continue to make strides – and they also make great spirits, too. Here are seven, women-made spirits that make great gifts:

Pomp & Whimsy ($40) Dr. Nicola Nice worked for liquor companies for more than a decade, but the brands never seemed to listen to her when it came to what female consumers actually wanted. She’s since left research and created an extremely successful liquor brand of her own. This sophisticated gin liqueur is made by women for women, and it’s liked by both men and women for its subtly sweet yet complex flavor, making it perfect on the rocks or shaken or stirred into cocktails. While its festive nature can be enjoyed year-round, it’s an exceptionally good spirit to ring in the new year. You can buy it direct here.

Dos Maderas 5+5 is a triple aged rum that is both sophisticated and smooth.

Dos Maderas Rum PX 5+5 gift set ($39.99) is created by master blender Paola Medina. Two rums, Guyanese and Bajon, are aged New American oak casks in their respective countries. Then, after five years, these casks sail across the Atlantic to Spain, where Medina blends them before aging them another three years in casks that previously contained Palo Cortado, and then, the rum rests for three more years in casks of 20-year-old Pedro Ximenez sherry. The name “dos maderas” means two woods, and the complex and delicious rum can be found at fine liquor stores across the country. You can also buy it on Drizly here.

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Kringle Cream Latte ($15.99) is the latest iteration of Margaret Ebeling’s Kringle Cream liqueur. Unlike the original liqueur, this spirited drink combines Wisconsin cream with cold brew coffee and wine. But it tastes just like Kringle Cream liqueur and coffee. “This was the logical brand extension because people were already combining Kringle Cream in coffee,” Eberling says. “I decided to use wine instead of rum because it opened up more points of distribution, as wine can be packaged in many more sizes than liquor.” It’s perfect for Christmas morning, but it also doesn’t have too much caffeine so if you’re caffeine-sensitive, you should be able to enjoy it in the evening, too. It can be shipped through Binny’s.

Even though it's half a year away from summer, Hendrick's Midsummer Solstice is a great gin to gift . [+] this time of year.

Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice ($34.99): Master distiller Lesley Gracie originally created this variation of Hendrick’s gin for a friend’s wedding. In fact, she used essences from the flowers in the bride’s bouquet. It was so popular that she eventually decided to offer it to Hendrick’s fans everywhere. Floral and light yet still Hendrick’s with its notes of rose and cucumber, this gin comes in a gorgeous purple bottle. But if you ask Gracie which flower essences she used, she won’t tell you. “You don’t smell an individual flower you smell the whole bouquet,” she says.. You can find it at fine liquor stores everywhere, and you can also buy it on Drizly here.

Five bourbons - a fistful! - are blended to create a Fistful of Bourbon.

Fistful of Bourbon ($24.99): Launched nationwide recently, Fistful of Bourbon is the first American whiskey from William Grant & Sons, and it was created by Kelsey McKechnie a whisk(e)y blender. She describes it as “a brand born from ingenuity – but with a cowboy spirit and a touch of Hollywood spaghetti Western nostalgia.” The bourbon is actually five different bourbons, which McKechnie blended together – it’s literally a fistful. You can find it at fine liquor stores everywhere, and you can also buy it on Drizly here.

Rex Whiskey is the number one selling product of Royalty Spirits, which also features vodka and pear . [+] vodka, as well as three CBD-infused mixers.

Miru Vodka and Rex Whiskey ($27.99 and $37.99): Founded by Chaunci King in 2014, this Portland, OR based spirits company makes amazing vodka, pear vodka and whiskey, along with a new line of CBD cocktail mixers. Royalty Spirits, her company, is the only Black and woman owned liquor company in the Pacific Northwest. While King can only ship her stellar booze to certain locations, her CBD mixers -- exotic berry, sweet and sour, and vanilla ginger – can be shipped everywhere. They cost $15 per bottle, and they, of course, pair perfectly with her spirits.

pür•geist is the perfect whisky to go along with a beer because it's distilled from beer.

pür•geist Bavarian hop-flavored whisky ($49.99): Kiki Braverman produces this unusual whisky with German master distiller Franz Xaver Salzgeber in Bavaria. This whisky is a hopped single malt, which is inspired by Bavarian beer, as it is distilled from a rich, malty bock beer and hops are added, making pür•geist the perfect whisky shot to go along with a brew. Find out where to purchase it at pür•spirits.

Peaches are on sale now, and this recipe needs to age, so it's a great time to try this Peach Liqueur. My dad will love this, and remind of him of a time when he picked peaches as a teen outside Sacramento. The aroma is wonderful.

This one's for Wise Bread's own Meg Favreau, who actually told me she has the makings for this already. If you can get some green walnuts, try Nocino &mdash a spicy, sweet walnut liqueur. I also think this would make a wonderful Thanksgiving hostess gift.

Homemade Liqueurs

With no special equipment required, homemade liqueurs are very easy to make!

Most homemade liqueurs start with vodka. This spirit is an ideal base for liqueurs because it&aposs colorless and flavorless, making it the perfect blank canvas.

Try creating some of the most popular liqueur flavors, like coffee, amaretto, and Irish cream -- they all rely on vodka for their kick. Or you may prefer to infuse the subtle essences of herbs, spices or fruit. Don&apost be afraid to experiment with rum, tequila, gin, brandy, and whiskey infusions as well.

Explore our complete collection of Homemade Liqueur Recipes.

Pick a Flavor

There are two ways to add flavor to liquor:

1. Mix flavored extracts right into liquor.
2. Choose the flavoring ingredients in their raw form and allow them to steep in the alcohol for days or weeks.

Using extracts is the fastest way to make a batch of liqueur, and there are a few cases (e.g. with almond extract), where this is the best way to achieve the flavor you&aposre after. More often than not, though, you will get the best results when you slowly infuse the liquor with fresh ingredients. For example, lemon cordial made with fresh lemon zest will taste much better than something made with lemon extract. Using fresh ingredients also allows you to introduce more variety you won&apost be able to find as wide a variety of extracts and essences as you will of fruits and herbs and spices.

Infusing liquor is not an exact science, but more a matter of taste. Infuse each flavor to suit your own preferences and if it ends up tasting too strong, you can always dilute it with additional liquor.

Here are some flavoring ideas:

Fruit: Orange zest, lemon zest, kumquats, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, peaches, tart apples, pineapple, pomegranate seeds, dried apricots, or dried sour cherries. Whole fruit should be sliced and/or mashed to allow the juices to escape and let the liquor come in contact with as much surface area as possible. Leave the skin on for maximum flavor.

Herbs and spices: Vanilla beans, coriander seeds, peppercorns, hot chiles, lemongrass, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, whole coffee beans, dill, thyme, basil, tarragon, rosemary, or even garlic. Be sparing with the cloves and nutmeg: too much of these ingredients can produce a numbing effect in your mouth!

Try combining a couple of different flavors in the same batch: how about apple-cinnamon, chile-lemongrass, lemon-tarragon, orange-cranberry, or raspberry-vanilla? Just don&apost try to pack too many different things into one bottle, or you won&apost be able to distinguish the flavors.

Give it a Rest

Once you&aposve chosen your alcohol and your flavorings, simply combine them.

  • Put flavorings right into the liquor, or any glass or earthenware jar/bottle with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Keep the container in a dark place and leave it at room temperature. If you don&apost have a dark cupboard in your house, put the bottles in a paper grocery bag and stir or rotate them a couple of times a day.
  • Depending on how potent your flavorings are, you&aposll need to let them steep for anywhere from a day to a few weeks. Most fruit needs a full two to four weeks for all the flavor to be transferred to the alcohol, whereas chiles, garlic, and most fresh spices only need a couple of days.

Smell and taste the infusions to decide when each is ready.

If you&aposve used mashed fruit, your infusion is now going to have bits of sediment in the bottom. To get rid of it, simply line a strainer with a coffee filter and slowly pour the liquor through. Don&apost try to save the fruit that&aposs been soaking in the booze--it won&apost have any flavor left in it.

Add a Little Sweetness

When sweetening your liqueurs, don&apost add sugar directly to the alcohol -- it will take too long to dissolve and you won&apost be able to tell right away how sweet it is. Instead, make a simple syrup of two parts sugar to one part water. Combine them in a saucepan and simmer them on the stove until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let the syrup cool to room temperature and then sweeten the infusion to taste. Once a liqueur has been sweetened, most of them taste better after they&aposve had a chance to "age" for a month or so. Aging allows the flavors to mellow and blend.

Bottle It Up

Scour local import stores, thrift stores or your own cupboards to find interesting glass bottles (if they don&apost have tops, you can buy corks at craft stores or winemaking supply shops). Have fun creating your own custom labels and "garnish" each finished bottle by dropping in a small quantity of the original ingredients (a few berries, a twist of citrus zest, an herb sprig, etcetera).

Serving Your Homemade Liqueurs

Most homemade infusions are wonderful when served unadorned, straight out of the freezer. They are also beautiful when mixed into a fresh cup coffee or drizzled over a scoop of good vanilla ice cream,

Any homemade liqueur can be substituted in a traditional cocktail with wonderful results. Make amazing martinis with your infused vodkas, or have fun inventing your own brand new signature drinks!

15 Etsy Kitchen Gifts for the Holidays

Whether you&aposre shopping for a personalized, unique, or artisan-made gift, you&aposll find it on Etsy. To spare you from sifting through the online store&aposs huge selection for hours, however, we&aposve curated 15 special Etsy kitchen gifts with the holidays in mind. You&aposll find one-of-a-kind cutting boards, ceramic dishes, pet-inspired presents, and more in our Etsy gift guide.

Available in nine gorgeous finishes, this dishwasher-safe, microwave-safe pitcher can double as kitchen decor. They'll want to leave it out all the time.

Buy it: Handmade Pottery Pitcher, $32

Engraving a cherished handwritten recipe on a cutting board ensures that it will remain a family favorite for years to come. Choose from three styles, three kinds of wood, and three sizes.

Buy it: Recipe Cutting Board, $45

Heads up: Pet parents will probably get emotional when they receive a cotton tea towel printed with a hand-illustrated portrait of their precious fur babies.

Buy it: Pet Portrait Tea Towel, $75

Sure, no one considers a sieve the most important kitchen tool in their kitchen. But this Personalized Wooden Handled Sieve, engraved with your own message, can change that.

Buy it: Personalized Wooden Handled Sieve, $17

Personalize a sleek decanter and matching glasses with a laser-engraved design, featuring your gift recipient's monogram or name in one of nine styles.

Buy it: Engraved Decanter Set With Glasses, $60

What good is farmhouse design if it's not functional? Get both with this dishwasher-safe, microwave-safe pour-over, designed for #4 coffee filters.

Buy it: Ceramic Coffee Pour-Over, $20

With your choice of eight monogram styles and 49 thread colors, this tailor-made kitchen towel will, no doubt, have a prominent place in their kitchen.

Buy it: Monogrammed Hand Towel / Kitchen Towel, $13.50

For less than the cost of the average bottle of liquor, you can customize a quality leather flask in one of 10 colors and several styles of lettering.

Buy it: Personalized Leather Flask, $20

With an organic feel and four glazes to choose from, one of these ceramic mugs would make a special gift even without their name printed on it.

Buy it: Handmade Mug With Name, $46

You won't find a cuter cookie cutter than one that's custom-made to resemble your pet. Or, in this case, someone else's pet.

Buy it: Custom Pet Portrait Cookie Cutter, starting at $24

Your gift recipient will find themself serving everything from a whole roasted chicken to appetizers on this simple, rustic ceramic serving platter.

Buy it: Large Ceramic Platter, $79

Clean lines and matte, muted colors give these ceramic bowls a fresh feel.

Buy it: Matte Ceramic Bowls, $23

Engrave a name, message, or significant date on this steel, wire brush-finished bottle opener. But it's just as handsome without text if you'd prefer an unembellished version.

Buy it: Personalized Bottle Opener, $29

More than an eco-friendly way to store bread, this textured linen bag keeps your loaf fresh because its small holes allow the bread to breathe.

Buy it: Linen Bread Bag, starting at $15

These sculptural ceramic utensil holders, available in clay or white, will add a modern touch to their kitchen.

Best of: The 10 best 19th-hole cocktails (and the spirits that make for great holiday gifts)

In golf, one great round calls for another. Bring your A-game with you from the 18th green to the 19th hole armed with the most important arsenal in golf: an understanding of your options. A post-round libation isn’t just a rite of passage, it’s a rite of existence as golfers.

Around the holidays, cocktails take on an even more important role — not just for post-round enjoyment but as gifts that keep on giving to friends, family (and golfers!) in your life.

With the help from the bartenders at Toro, a lively Latin restaurant and rum bar at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, we’ve compiled a list of classic and contemporary cocktails that every golfer should know. Better yet, we included a handy and seamless way for you to buy the bottle of your choice for your favorite golf buddy. (Or, buy it for yourself we won’t tell.) Without further adieu, here are our 10 favorites for ensuring your days are extra merry and bright this holiday season.

The 10 best 19th-hole cocktails

Gin & Tonic

Simple. Timeless. Beautifully balanced. It’s the cocktail equivalent of Ben Hogan’s swing.

3 oz Bombay Sapphire gin
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
4 ounce tonic water
Lime wedge
Glass: Rocks glass

How to Make Flavored Moonshine – Recipes for 10 Different Flavors

Moonshine has always had the reputation of a backwoods-crafted, lightning-bolt, head-kick of a brew. New millennium moonshiners embrace that rebel rap while bringing a new level of respect, craftsmanship, and creativity to the art.

Aficionados will always wallow in the joy of sipping shine neat, but these days, tuned-in mixologists and distillers alike have been multiplying their options by learning how to make flavored moonshine.

What is moonshine?

In its essence, moonshining is a process of converting sugars into alcohol.

It starts with a mash of grains, starches, or fruits processed to maximize sugar content, which yeast then feasts on to produce ethanol. The liquid from that mash is then distilled multiple times to the clarity, purity, and proof that the distiller desires.

You can learn all about how to make moonshine mash here.

Some flavored moonshine recipes require this full multi-step process for best results and subtlety of flavor. But if you'd rather not get caught up in the red tape of obtaining fuel-alcohol or distilled spirit permits but you still want a flavored moonshine to serve up at your next party, we've included recipes that infuse flavor into a readily available substitute.

Making flavored moonshine with Everclear

Some people reach for vodka when making a fruit-flavor-infused brew. That is, of course, an option, and if that's the route you want to go, check out this video on how to make delicious vodka-soaked fruit.

However, a better choice in terms of the classic, clean moonshine taste is Everclear.

Everclear is pure grain alcohol, just like you'd whip up yourself, if you had the right permits, of course. It comes in two proofs, 151 and 190, and can be diluted to the strength you prefer.

Let's get right into it then, shall we?

How to make strawberry moonshine

Strawberry moonshine is a sweet summer treat with a real kick. Drink it straight or mix it with seltzer for a fizzy afternoon cocktail on the deck.

The following is a typical infusion recipe that you can use with many different kinds of fruit:

  • 1 qt. total volume moonshine or Everclear, diluted to 100 proof
  • 2 cups or more fresh strawberries
  • Mason jars
  • 1-2 tbsp. of sugar, optional
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer

1. Wash the fruit well, remove leaves and stems, and slice thin to maximize surface area to be exposed to the moonshine.

2. Divide the fruit among the mason jars so that they're 1/3 to 1/2 full of fruit. Fill to the top with moonshine or Everclear, and close tightly. If you've got a sweet tooth, feel free to add a tablespoon or two of sugar to the mix.

3. Store in a dark place for a month. Give the jars a good shake every couple of days to help the infusion process.

4. When the infusion flavor is to your taste, strain the moonshine through cheesecloth to remove the fruit. Store the fruit-infused moonshine in a fresh new jar. Serve over ice for a refreshing strawberry moonshine cocktail with a kick.

How to make apple pie moonshine

There's a subtle difference between apple pie moonshine and applejack moonshine, although you can make the first by using the second.

How to make applejack moonshine involves mixing up a fruit mash and then distilling the wash to your preferred proof. Infusing classic apple pie spices into that final applejack shine turns it into evocative, fragrant apple pie moonshine.

If you'd like to whip up some of this tasty brew more quickly, check out the recipe below.

  • 1 qt. apple cider
  • 1 qt. apple juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • As many cinnamon sticks needed per mason jar
  • 1 1/2 cups 151 proof Everclear or moonshine for a 40 proof recipe, scale up for stronger proof

1. Heat the cider and juice and add sugar until fully dissolved. Cool the liquid and add moonshine.

2. Fill mason jars to the top and add a cinnamon stick to each. The sweetly-flavored moonshine can be served immediately, but aging for a few weeks infuses a stronger cinnamon taste.

How to make lemonade moonshine

Nothing tastes better on a hot summer day than a frosty glass of lemonade. moonshine. Gather your friends and chill out with this simple, sugary-tangy recipe.

  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups lemon juice, freshly squeezed is best (about 8 lemons)
  • 2-3 cups moonshine or Everclear (depending on strength you want)
  • Mason jars as necessary

1. Warm the water, lemon juice, and sugar until the sugar is dissolved.

2. Let cool and add the moonshine to the strength desired.

3. Pour the whole mix into mason jars.

4. Chill and serve up as soon as it's frosty-cold.

How to make lemondrop moonshine

Remember the sweet-sour taste of a hard candy lemon drop on your tongue? A gulp of this recipe will put a new shine on all those wonderful, summery, childhood memories.

  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups moonshine or Everclear
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups lemon juice, squeezed from 8 big lemons
  • 4-6 of hard candy lemon drops

1. Dissolve the sugar in warm water, let cool and add the rest of the ingredients.

2. Divide the volume among mason jars and drop a couple of lemon drops in each jar. This can be served immediately or left to infuse a stronger candy-lemon flavor.

How to make watermelon moonshine

The question of how to make flavored moonshine can be answered in several ways. Like any fruit, watermelon can be used to make a fruit mash, the result of which can then be distilled into a subtle, strong, and authentic shine well worth the wait. If you'd rather have results more quickly, go ahead and stir up this watermelon moonshine cocktail.

  • 2 shots of moonshine or Everclear
  • 1 cup of cubed seedless watermelon
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup of lemonade
  • Seltzer to taste
  • Ice

1. In a large cocktail shaker combine a cup of crushed ice, 8-10 bite-sized cubes of watermelon, the fresh lemon juice, and the moonshine.

3. Add lemonade, a splash of seltzer if you like fizz, and pour into two glasses to serve.

How to make honey moonshine

Honey moonshine is more colloquially known as "honeyshine," and it's a favorite of distillers everywhere. Basically, brewers make a honey mead through fermentation of a honey-based mash and then distil the wash to a higher purity and proof.

1. Stir 1-gallon honey into 3 gallons water in a large pot to 160 degrees or so until dissolved.

2. Add the remaining water, cool it all to 70 degrees and then add the yeast.

3. Pour the resulting mash into a fermentation jar, like a 5-gallon glass carboy, cover the mouth with cheesecloth, and let ferment until bubbling stops.

4. Distill to desired purity.

How to make blueberry moonshine

This delicious blueberry moonshine has a kick that will ignite your taste buds and bring on that country home feeling.

  • 1/2 gallon blueberry juice
  • 1 tub of blueberries, washed
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup brown or white sugar
  • 1 can blueberry pie filling
  • 750 ml. Everclear (190 or 151 proof depending on the kick you want) or moonshine
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla extract

1. Warm up the blueberry juice, blueberries, and cinnamon sticks in a large pot, then slowly add the sugar and blueberry pie filling.

2. Simmer for about a half an hour, then turn off the heat and let it all cool.

3. Add the moonshine and the vanilla extract and pour into mason jars to infuse for a few days.

How to make pineapple moonshine

Got an old crock pot buried in the back of your garage? Take it out and put it to good use! Check out this super-simple crock-pot recipe for pineapple moonshine.

  • 1.75 quarts canned pineapple juice
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 750 ml. moonshine or Everclear

1. Heat the juice and the sugar (stir to dissolve) in the crock pot for 2 hours, on a low setting.

2. Cool to room temperature and stir in the moonshine.

3. Chill in mason jars and serve.

How to make cherry moonshine

Sweet and strong, this cherry moonshine tastes like summer, is simple to make, and it's great for gifts. The following recipe yields four mason jars worth of flavored shine to share with your friends.

  • 1 quart cherry juice
  • 1 can cherries in syrup
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 of a liter bottle of 190 proof Everclear

1. Combine everything except the moonshine or Everclear in a pot and heat until the sugar dissolves.

2. Let it cool, add the moonshine/Everclear, pour into mason jars and store.

3. Spritz it up with a dash of seltzer or ginger ale or enjoy it over ice.

How to make blackberry moonshine

Blackberry moonshine is a popular choice for shine aficionados. Like any other fruit, you could make a blackberry fruit mash for fermentation and distillation, or you could try this recipe that offers up an alternative for blackberry moonshine without distilling.

Or you could try the blackberry syrup-based moonshine mix below.

  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup moonshine or Everclear
  • Slim peels of lemon and lime zest, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch long

1. Dissolve the sugar in water at high heat along with a couple of blackberries, then cool and transfer evenly to two mason jars.

2. Add evenly to the jars the rest of the blackberries, a sliver of lemon and lime zest, and the Everclear or moonshine. Let sit for several days for maximum infusion, shaking occasionally.

3. Strain out the blackberries and serve!

Now that you know how to make flavored moonshine, you're sure to be the center of attention at your next dinner party, summer BBQ, or blowout event.

Flavored moonshine is a craftsman's delight, so consider mixing fruits or trying more exotic options like papaya or mango to create fresh new flavored shines.

15 Holiday Treats That Make Great DIY Gifts

I mostly love the holidays. I have a big family and a far-reaching network of friends, so there are plenty of parties and holiday gatherings at which to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. I also love holiday food and drink specials &mdash I’ll take a peppermint mocha over a PSL any day &mdash and I have a soft spot for campy, slightly tacky decorations. The one downside of all this revelry, though, is that my gift list is pretty darn long. And frankly, I can’t afford to buy a thoughtful gift for every single person I care about.

A few years ago, I decided to give DIY gifts a try, hoping they’d come across as cute, not cheap. I made a few big batches of the New York Times’ tonic syrup, which felt special because it called for hard-to-find ingredients but was a great option because said ingredients were relatively cheap once I tracked them down. I poured my syrup into 4-ounce swing-top bottles, made cute labels, tied a ribbon around each one, and voilà! Recipients loved them, which felt all the better because these were gifts I’d actually made, not just bought.

All of this to say that homemade gifts aren’t limited to just jam or nut mix (although there are recipes for both of those things herein because they’re still great ideas). You can get creative and make your own liqueur or layer cookie dough ingredients in cute jars. The gift ideas we rounded up run the gamut from family-friendly and inexpensive to boozy and a little bit pricier. The real upside to all of them is that you can make one big batch and knock out a dozen people on your guest list at once.

No matter which gift(s) you choose, be sure to order some cute jars or bottles for packaging, plus ribbons or labels for decoration. Happy gifting!

Best Gadget: Breville Smoking Gun

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"The smoking gun is popular with some chefs as a tool to add cold smoke aromas and flavors to food, but it’s great for bartenders as well to make terrific smoked cocktails,” says Victor Bautista, bar manager of Concord Hill in Brooklyn. “You can use various types of wood chips like apple, cherry, or hickory but also teas or other dried ingredients." He adds, "The hose is flexible and allows you to fill any vessel with smoke—a glass, bowl or a small decanter, which is what I like to use for our Smoke Break cocktail."

To make this cocktail, Bautista first mixes the drink (fig-infused Elijah Craig bourbon, Cardamaro, Braulio, walnut bitters and maple) and pours it into an ornate decanter before adding smoke from apple wood chips using the gun. Then, once enough smoke has accumulated inside the decanter, he removes the gun’s hose from the neck and closes the decanter with its topper.

Bautista’s weapon of choice is this compact Breville model, which features dual air speeds, a detachable silicone hose, a stainless steel burn chamber (also detachable) and a built-in stand.

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