May 15th

Bookish Booze: Clary Shine Cocktail

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Welcome to Bookish Booze! I’m Kate, I’ll be your bartender tonight. Bookish Booze is an original feature created here at Fangs and Fur where we will create a cocktail inspired by a book, or a character from a book, that we have recently reviewed. From time to time we will be mixing a drink based on a young adult novel; we’re big fans of YA here! However, these posts are intended for our adult audience and my own personal enjoyment. We here at Fangs and Fur do not promote nor support underage drinking.

Tonight I’m celebrating Oli’s fascinating Southern Gothic Showdown post! He reviewed and compared three different new releases from the southern gothic genre; Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn, The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude, and Behold the Bones (Beware the Wild) by Natalie C. Parker. Two of those novels feature moonshine, and that caught my interest. Having spent most of my life living in North Carolina and West Virginia, I’m no stranger to Shine, but making a cocktail with it? That is certainly a new idea for me. So I called up Oli and we had a long chat about moonshine, southern flavors, and the books he’d just reviewed. In the course of that discussion we came up with the drink of the night, the Clary Shine Cocktail, based on the Shine described in Behold the Bones! So in the beginning of the book, the main character Candy Pickens drinks some Clary Shine during her family birthday celebration—and evidently the Clary family makes the best shine—so I think there’s no better name for today’s drink. I don’t believe there’s anything more southern than peaches and sweet tea, so that’s the flavor profile I went for with this drink.

moonshine (1 of 3)
© 2016 Mike Lumpkin

Barware tonight is my slightly banged up shaker, a liquid measure, and the most unique glass yet! Say hello to my mason jar wine glass. Why yes, I was waiting for just such a moment to finally take this out of the box and use it! Thank you Oli for writing your post so I can play with my new glass! As usual, you may use whatever glass you have on hand, even a plain old jam jar you just finished off.

moonshine (2 of 3)
© 2016 Mike Lumpkin

Tonight I’m leaving my comfort zone; I’ve had bad experiences with store bought moonshine (no more strawberry for me EVER) in the past. For some reason the homemade stuff is SO much better, but I don’t have time for that right now. So, when I went searching for the right brand, I started by checking the ingredients. NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS!! Seriously, you can’t be using that junk; there are plenty of brands that use real peaches or natural peach flavor. I wanted to buy something made here in North Carolina (like Midnight Moon) but to be honest the proof was too high and I figured it would taste terrible in a cocktail. Instead I went with Old Smokey brand from Tennessee. It is strong stuff, grain alcohol always is, but it goes down smooth and I think it has the perfect amount of peach flavor. Did I mention they sell entire jars of the peaches they use to flavor the moonshine?! I almost bought a jar, and then I remembered I’m almost 30 and hangovers are for younger folks. For the sweet tea aspect I’m using Firefly sweet tea vodka.

moonshine (3 of 3)
© 2016 Mike Lumpkin

In the right drinks that stuff is AWESOME! As a mixer, and to add some sweetness, I added some Welch’s Peach Mango juice. There’s less actual juice in it than I’d prefer, but choices were slim and the V8 of the same variety made the drink taste deplorable. I also splashed some club soda in; it rounds everything off nicely and takes the edge off that strong alcohol!

Here’s the recipe:
2oz Peach moonshine
2oz Sweet tea vodka
3oz Peach Mango juice
2oz club soda

Measure out the moonshine, vodka, and juice and throw it in the shaker with some ice. Once it’s nice and cold, add it to your glass. Make sure you add some ice to the glass before you toss it in, you don’t want your newly chilled drink to warm up. Then you top off with the club soda, give it a little stir and you’re ready to consume!

moonshine (1 of 1)
© 2016 Mike Lumpkin

Check out the finished product! It may not be as strong as the Clary family Shine and it won’t grant your wishes like in Down With the Shine, but it’ll still put you on your rear if you’re not careful! This was a lot harder than some of my other experiments; it rated a 6 on the Kate scale. Our poor Admin, my darling husband Russ, has to consume the 5 bad batches I made before I was successful! I’m off to enjoy my drink while I settle in with a good book. Cheers, friends!
Did you mix a Clary Shine Cocktail for yourself? Send me a picture, leave me a comment, or tweet me and let me know what you thought! Have an idea for a bookish cocktail? Have a book you want me to feature on Bookish Booze? Send me an email; I’m always open to suggestions!

Welcome to Bookish Booze! I’m Kate, I’ll be your bartender tonight. Bookish Booze is an original feature created here at Fangs and Fur where we will create a cocktail inspired by a book, or a character from a book, that we have recently reviewed. From time to time we will be mixing a drink based on a young adult novel; we’re big fans of YA here! However, these posts are intended for our adult audience and my own personal enjoyment. We here at Fangs and Fur do not promote nor support underage drinking.

Tonight I’m celebrating Oli’s fascinating Southern Gothic Showdown post! He reviewed and compared three different new releases from the southern gothic genre; Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn, The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude, and Behold the Bones (Beware the Wild) by Natalie C. Parker. Two of those novels feature moonshine, and that caught my interest. Having spent most of my life living in North Carolina and West Virginia, I’m no stranger to Shine, but making a cocktail with it? That is certainly a new idea for me. So I called up Oli and we had a long chat about moonshine, southern flavors, and the books he’d just reviewed. In the course of that discussion we came up with the drink of the night, the Clary Shine Cocktail, based on the Shine described in Behold the Bones! So in the beginning of the book, the main character Candy Pickens drinks some Clary Shine during her family birthday celebration—and evidently the Clary family makes the best shine—so I think there’s no better name for today’s drink. I don’t believe there’s anything more southern than peaches and sweet tea, so that’s the flavor profile I went for with this drink.

moonshine (1 of 3)
© 2016 Mike Lumpkin

Barware tonight is my slightly banged up shaker, a liquid measure, and the most unique glass yet! Say hello to my mason jar wine glass. Why yes, I was waiting for just such a moment to finally take this out of the box and use it! Thank you Oli for writing your post so I can play with my new glass! As usual, you may use whatever glass you have on hand, even a plain old jam jar you just finished off.

moonshine (2 of 3)
© 2016 Mike Lumpkin

Tonight I’m leaving my comfort zone; I’ve had bad experiences with store bought moonshine (no more strawberry for me EVER) in the past. For some reason the homemade stuff is SO much better, but I don’t have time for that right now. So, when I went searching for the right brand, I started by checking the ingredients. NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS!! Seriously, you can’t be using that junk; there are plenty of brands that use real peaches or natural peach flavor. I wanted to buy something made here in North Carolina (like Midnight Moon) but to be honest the proof was too high and I figured it would taste terrible in a cocktail. Instead I went with Old Smokey brand from Tennessee. It is strong stuff, grain alcohol always is, but it goes down smooth and I think it has the perfect amount of peach flavor. Did I mention they sell entire jars of the peaches they use to flavor the moonshine?! I almost bought a jar, and then I remembered I’m almost 30 and hangovers are for younger folks. For the sweet tea aspect I’m using Firefly sweet tea vodka.

moonshine (3 of 3)
© 2016 Mike Lumpkin

In the right drinks that stuff is AWESOME! As a mixer, and to add some sweetness, I added some Welch’s Peach Mango juice. There’s less actual juice in it than I’d prefer, but choices were slim and the V8 of the same variety made the drink taste deplorable. I also splashed some club soda in; it rounds everything off nicely and takes the edge off that strong alcohol!

Here’s the recipe:
2oz Peach moonshine
2oz Sweet tea vodka
3oz Peach Mango juice
2oz club soda

Measure out the moonshine, vodka, and juice and throw it in the shaker with some ice. Once it’s nice and cold, add it to your glass. Make sure you add some ice to the glass before you toss it in, you don’t want your newly chilled drink to warm up. Then you top off with the club soda, give it a little stir and you’re ready to consume!

moonshine (1 of 1)
© 2016 Mike Lumpkin

Check out the finished product! It may not be as strong as the Clary family Shine and it won’t grant your wishes like in Down With the Shine, but it’ll still put you on your rear if you’re not careful! This was a lot harder than some of my other experiments; it rated a 6 on the Kate scale. Our poor Admin, my darling husband Russ, has to consume the 5 bad batches I made before I was successful! I’m off to enjoy my drink while I settle in with a good book. Cheers, friends!
Did you mix a Clary Shine Cocktail for yourself? Send me a picture, leave me a comment, or tweet me and let me know what you thought! Have an idea for a bookish cocktail? Have a book you want me to feature on Bookish Booze? Send me an email; I’m always open to suggestions!

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