The other day I decided to try the classic Moonshine Cocktail. I got the recipe from The Savoy Cocktail Book, but the drink itself has been around since the 1920s or so.
First of all, this cocktail does not have moonshine liquor in it. It has gin, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and just a drop of absinthe. It tastes lovely and looks kind of like moonlight, thus the name.
Secondly, contrary to popular belief, absinthe does not cause hallucinations or any other strange reactions in the body, other than it will get you drunk if you drink enough of it. Used sparingly, absinthe adds a liquorish undertone and a silky texture to the drink.
Here’s the recipe:
(makes one cocktail)
1.5 oz gin
1 oz dry vermouth
.5 oz maraschino
1 dash absinthe
Brandied cherries to garnish
Add a dash of absinthe to a cocktail glass. Slowly move the glass around so the absinthe coats the glass. In a cocktail shaker, mix the gin, vermouth, and maraschino. Strain into the cocktail glass. Garnish with brandied cherries, if desired. Enjoy!