Want a festive winter cocktail that will wow your family and friends? Then my Spiced Cranberry Moonshine cocktail needs to be on your to-do list! The spices meld nicely with the tart cranberries and it all comes together in perfect harmony. And the best part…it fills approximately 16 – Half Pint Mason Jars (8oz). So plenty to share! Read on for the recipe! Take a peek at my other Moonshine Recipes here!
SPICED CRANBERRY MOONSHINE
750 ml Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon Moonshine
2 Jars of R. W. Knudsen Just Cranberry Juice (or 64 oz of pure cranberry juice — no sugar added!)
3 cups of Apple Cider
1 lb. of Fresh Cranberries, rinsed
2 cups of sugar
6 Cinnamon Sticks
2 Whole Nutmegs (quartered…don’t make it perfect…I used a mallet)
1 teaspoon Whole Cloves
1/2 teaspoon Allspice Berries
1. Place all the ingredients EXCEPT the Moonshine in a large pot to boil. Once the mixture comes to a boil, turn to a simmer and simmer until all of the cranberries have popped open. Stir frequently so nothing burns on the bottom of the pot.
2. Once all of the cranberries have popped open, strain (use a cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer) the liquid out into a large pitcher and discard the cranberries (or use in a dessert!) and spices.
3. Place pitcher in the refrigerator to cool down. Once cooled, add in the moonshine and stir to combine.
4. Pour into your Half Pint Mason Jars (make sure you sanitize them first!!) and store in the fridge for a few days to let all the flavors meld together (the longer the better!!). Wrap with ribbon and your gifts are ready!! Or enjoy for yourself!!
NOTES: I’ve had a few of you say that it has occasionally thickened up on you and starts to resemble a jelly. I’m wondering if it’s the type of cranberry juice you are using? I use real cranberry juice that has no sugar in it – it’s legit straight cranberry juice and it’s unsweetened. It might also be that once it comes to a boil, it has to be immediately be turned down to a simmer. Also, after all of the cranberries have popped, make sure you strain out all of the cranberries & spices through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. I use a pitcher to hold the liquid and then put it the fridge to cool down before adding in the moonshine. I’ve never had it turn into a jelly and have made it several times. So I’m wondering if it’s a step in the process or the ingredients being used. Email me if you have issues! firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheers my friends!! **Always Drink Responsibly**
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