Mixing a Great Drink: The Apple Moonshine Ginger Beer Cocktail

Aaron Valdez

image1_compressedIf you enjoy unwinding with a bit of alcohol from time to time, you may want to briefly relive America’s history of moonshining by consuming a drink like this one that can keep those memories alive.

Long ago, different groups of people in America fought hard over the supposed evils of alcohol consumption and the government’s right to tax sales of it. Yet regardless of which side of that issue you may have favored, it’s interesting to learn how America’s Prohibition movement, the 18th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, moonshining, and the repeal of that constitutional amendment are all related to one another.

image2_compressedA brief look back at the rise of moonshining in America

As the United States entered the 20th century and battles over selling alcohol and collecting taxes on it escalated, more and more citizens decided that outlawing such sales and consumption might be the best answer. This battle eventually resulted in the passage of the 18th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. This law went into effect in 1920, resulting in a nationwide Prohibition against all alcohol sales and consumption.

Of course, forbidding something often just makes it that much more desirable. Many people began building new stills that let them brew their own alcohol. Since people often ran their stills at night to hide their illegal activities from authorities – only the watchful man in the moon saw what they were doing. This caused many to start referring to the illegal making of alcohol products as “moonshining.”

Itimage3_compressed was not until 1933 when the 18th Amendment to the Constitution was repealed that alcohol could be legally consumed and sold again – if proper taxes were paid. Yet the desire to pursue illegal moonshining activities never really went away completely. That’s why drinks like the Apple Moonshine Ginger Beer Cocktail serve as sentimental and tasty reminders to those who like to recall America’s most prevalent moonshining days.

What exactly is needed to fix this tasty apple ginger beer “moonshine” drink?

If you love the combined taste of apple, cinnamon, and ginger and want it heightened by a touch of alcohol, you should try mixing an Apple Moonshine Ginger Beer Cocktail that contains all of these ingredients. Once you gather together the precise items and ingredients set forth below, you’ll be halfway to enjoying a very tasty drink.

  1. First, you’ll need to grab hold of a long, tall glass and fill it with clean ice;
  2. Next, you need to add two (2) ounces of Apple pie-flavored moonshine;
  3. You now need to fill the glass to the brim with a high-quality ginger ale or ginger beer
  4. Now add your favorite garnish. This drink gains a special kick when you add a thin slice of apple and a cinnamon stick to it.

image4_compressedimage5_compressedWhile this is an excellent drink to remind you of America’s wilder days of Prohibition and numerous stills operating around the country, it’s also fun to realize what actually made those early 20th century moonshining drinks pack an extra punch.

How this little drink compares to the much older, less polished “moonshining” beverages

Had you been alive and making your own moonshine a century or more ago in America, you would have used far more basic ingredients than those listed above. In fact, most old-timers just

combined corn (or barley, rye or fruit); sugar; yeast; and water to produce their very first rough-tasting brews.