Holiday Shine Guide: Moonshine Cocktail Pairings & Ideas for an Epic Festive Feast
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With Holiday celebrations set to take place in millions of homes across the United States this month, we wanted to share some of our favorite pairings and ideas to make your holiday group meal epic.
Bonus? Planning for the holidays has never been easier now that you can buy Midnight Moon Moonshine online! Make your life easier with one less trip to the store this busy holiday season. With efficient shipping times you can use the time you saved to put your feet up and watch a holiday movie with your family instead.
Whether you’re the Chef at a huge family Thanksgiving holiday or just a guest at a lowkey Friendsgiving party, read on for ways to make your celebration shine with Midnight Moon Moonshine.
Need to serve a crowd but you’re bored of boxed wine?
Time to swap that box wine for some box ‘shine with Midnight Moon’s Party in a Box Moonshine.
The latest packaging innovation from North Carolina’s first legal distillery is equal to 2 ⅓ full-sized jars of Midnight Moon’s original mason jars, meaning it can serve a crowd. If you’re looking for easy Thanksgiving cocktails to batch with an even easier cleanup, Party in a Box 1.75L moonshine is the way to go. This recyclable box is lightweight and comes in three crowd-pleasing flavors: Apple Pie, Lightning Lemonade, and Watermelon.
Morning Prep / Thanksgiving Day Parade Watching
We recommend starting the day with long-pour drinks—our Blueberry & Champagne spritz pairs well with blueberry pancakes. And, if you add enough toppings, Junior’s Bloody Mary can be a standalone meal. Last but not least, we couldn’t forget our morning coffee enthusiasts. The Wake N’ Shake will put some pep in your step with a dash (or two) of our Chocolate Brownie Moonshake cream liqueur.
2 oz. Midnight Moon Blueberry Moonshine
Pour Midnight Moon Blueberry into a champagne glass and top it with Brut Champagne. Garnish with fresh Blueberries on a spear. Use our moonshine blueberries straight from the mason jar for an extra kick instead.
2 oz. Midnight Moon Original 80 Proof or 100 Proof Moonshine
3 oz. Bloody Mary Mix
Pour Midnight Moon Moonshine into a glass over ice. Top with Bloody Mary Mix. Garnish with a celery stick for a classic Bloody Mary, or more hearty toppings like bacon, stuffed olives or pickled veggies for a fun and festive twist on the classic. If you’re feeling wild, grab your favorite hot sauce and throw in a couple of dabs (we highly recommend Old Bay Seasoning Hot Sauce).
1 oz. Chocolate Brownie Moonshake Cream Liqueur
Double-shot espresso or fresh drip coffee
Coffee beans or whipped cream to garnish (optional)
Pour Chocolate Brownie Moonshake moonshine cream liqueur and coffee in a mug and stir to combine. Add cream and sugar to your taste and serve while still hot. If you want to give it some extra flair top with whipped cream and a coffee bean…who said you had to wait for pie to break out the cream?
Watching the Game
Whether you’re throwing around the ball in the yard between quarters or taking a load off TV-side, our Moonshine Canned Cocktails are sippable drinks that are light enough to leave room for the big meal.
With the Thanksgiving Meal
What’s your favorite side? This question usually sparks debate around the holiday table. Wanna know what’s not debatable? Whether you answered turkey, stuffing or cranberry, we have a Midnight Moon flavor to pair with it.
Give beverage classics like sweet tea a kick with our Lightning Lemonade or Peach. Does your guest prefer bubbles? Add some Cherry to their cola. Our Original 100 Proof recipe works great in mules for a less sweet but still bubbly option.
Nothing cleanses the palate between bites like a spirit-forward old-fashioned featuring an Apple Pie twist. Wine drinkers will love our Cherry Sangria…and so will the host! Our moonshine sangria recipe is single-serve but can be batched to serve the whole guest list, making hosting duties that much easier.
Find your perfect holiday cocktail made from one of our legendary moonshine recipes below.
For the Sweet Tea drinker
2 oz. Midnight Moon Lightning Lemonade Moonshine
4 oz. Iced Tea
Pour Midnight Moon Lightning Lemonade into a glass with ice. Add iced tea and stir for a delicious spiked Arnold Palmer moonshine cocktail. Garnish with lemon slices if desired.
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2 oz. Midnight Moon Peach Moonshine
Pour Midnight Moon Peach moonshine into a glass over ice and fill it with iced tea. Garnish with lemon or peach slices straight from the jar.
For the Old Fashioned enthusiast
1.5 oz. Midnight Moon Apple Pie Moonshine
1.5 oz. Rye Whiskey
5 dashes Bitters
Muddle an orange slice in the bottom of a glass. Fill the glass with ice and add apple pie moonshine, rye whiskey, and bitters. Stir ingredients gently. Garnish with a cinnamon stick for an Old Fashioned cocktail recipe with a twist.
1 oz. Midnight Moon Cherry (reserving some moonshine cherries from the jar)
0.5 oz. Triple Sec
0.25 oz. Fresh lemon juice
4 oz. Sauvignon Blanc white wine
Fresh pineapple chunks
**This recipe is for a single serving. Adjust as necessary to make a batch cocktail recipe.
Grab a glass if you are making a single serving. If you are making a batch grab a party pitcher or punch bowl. Mix Midnight Moon Cherry moonshine, Triple Sec, lemon juice, and white wine together into the drinking vessel of your choice. Next, add fresh sliced pineapple, blueberries, and the moonshine cherries you reserved from the jar of Midnight Moon. Add ice, stir, and enjoy!
For the Mule lover
1.5 oz. Midnight Moon Moonshine (Original or 100 Proof)
1 oz. Ginger Beer
0.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 oz. Simple Syrup
Pour Midnight Moon Moonshine and the remaining ingredients into a glass with ice. Stir Gently. Garnish your moonshine mule with a lemon wedge.
For the Cola fiend
2 oz. Midnight Moon Cherry Moonshine
Regular or Diet Cola
2-3 Moonshine Cherries
Pour Midnight Moon Cherry into a glass over ice. Fill with Regular Cola or Diet Cola. Garnish with a few of our moonshine cherries, straight from the mason jar!
It’s time to end the night on a sweet note. Who needs pumpkin pie when you can drink Apple Pie moonshine?
The only thing that pairs better with pie than vanilla ice cream is our Moonshake cream liqueurs. Available in Chocolate Brownie, Apple Pie, and Cookies & Cream flavors, there’s a Moonshake to compliment whatever style of dessert you’re serving this holiday season. Our delicious Moonshakes can be served chilled, on the rocks, or blended into adult milkshakes as a dessert all on their own.
If you’re still too full from dinner have one of these drinks instead! Better yet, have one of these WITH your pie. It’s Thanksgiving, and there are no rules today.
Garnish your glass by drizzling the rim with honey or simple syrup. Put your crushed graham crackers on a plate and roll your coated rim through the crumbs. Fill the glass with ice. Pour Midnight Moon Apple Pie and Apple Pie Moonshake Cream Liqueur over the ice and give it a stir to combine. Garnish with thinly sliced apple.
Blend all ingredients together and serve in a milkshake glass topped with whipped cream and a cherry. The best part? This rich and easy-to-make dessert cocktail can be customized for any guest’s taste. Use Chocolate Brownie Moonshake with chocolate ice cream for the chocolate lovers. Throw some leftover apple pie into the blender with Apple Pie Moonshake and vanilla ice cream. Even the pickiest eaters can’t resist Cookies & Cream with a cherry on top. There’s no wrong way to make a milkshake, so let your creativity and taste buds guide you.
1.5 oz. Midnight Moon Peppermint Moonshine
3 oz. Hot Chocolate
In a mug combine hot chocolate and Peppermint moonshine together. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a peppermint stick.
The After Party
As dinner winds down and the party turns up, no one will judge you for playing some slap the bag with the host gift you brought. Midnight Moon Party in a Box Moonshine was made for such occasions. Bonus that once finished, you can place it directly in the recycling bin for easy clean-up and one less thing for your gracious host or hostess to worry about.
No matter what your celebration looks like, enjoy your time with friends and family. Thanks for bringing us along. IT’S SHINE TIME, y’all! Sip responsibly.