Then there is the younger, more vocal group that likes to mix Everclear with anything from Kool Ade to Motor Oil and call it their "Moon Shine".
I'm calling Bull Shit on the second group, because words mean things. Moon Shine is a reference to the old kodgers working by the light of the full moon to run their stills in the back woods during prohibition. What they produced was clear as water, nearly tasteless and full strength! Now-a-days the city folk call it E-85... They called it "shine!"
That being said, I guess if you make it, you earn the right to call it whatever the hell you want!
This is Apple Pie Juice at my house. I don't call it apple pie shots because it's not really strong enough, when I make it, to be a shot. It's wine strength, and good over ice, warmed up or even poured over some Peanut Butter Cap'N Crunch first thing in the morning. If you want to make it true shot strength, tripple the alcohol! Pretty easy.
The way I make it, it's easy drinking and smooth as silk. A true "panty dropper" if you will. A term that I've always hated, but especially now that my mother-in-law has taken such a liking to this stuff. (Me and the FIL get along great recently!)
Ok, On-to the show!
You will need:
1 Gallon Apple Juice
1 Bottle of Everclear
4 Cinnamon Sticks (4" each)
6 whole cloves
1 1/2 - 2 Cups Honey
Mix apple juice, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and half the honey in a pan and bring to a boil. Skim the scum that will form on top, then reduce heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Taste the sauce at this time. If you are adding a lot of alcohol, you will want it cloyingly sweet. This is what helps cover a bottle of Everclear. If you are adding a half bottle (making wine strength... Roughly 9%) Then just a tad sweeter than southern sweet tea is good.
Let your pan cool, then add any remaining juice and 1/2 to 1 bottle of Everclear and re-bottle. If you add more than a bottle of Everclear, remember that it's going to taste like it, and you'll want to do shots of it rather than pour it over ice.
I have really enjoyed a few shakes of Nutmeg in the boil of this drink. I am also fond of adding some mace once you turn off the fire.
For a real treat, use a good 151 Rum instead of the Everclear. This drops the ABV% but definitely adds to the flavor and quality of the end product.
I like to filter the finished product through a reusable brass screen coffee filter. It just makes things nicer in the glass and is totally NOT necessary!
This evening, I used some of my home made "Root Juice" in a glass for tasting and I was blown away! Learn about Root Juice from Bahama Bob HERE.
If you make this, people will love it. If you make it sweet as hell, the ladies and folks that don't drink much will be very silly in no time! But the trick is to be sure that you take enough to the party!
Hope this helps get you through an evening with the In-Laws!