Vanilla Icecream & Apple Pie Moonshine


I needed an easy but AMAZING gift for some of my coworkers. We love going to happy hour together, so I thought a holiday cocktail would be the perfect thing! A few years back a friend gave me some Apple Pie Moonshine. It was delicious and I have been wanting to try to make my own version. If it turned out good I would hand it out as gifts to my work friends.

And if I say so myself, the moonshine turned out good! Enjoy this easy recipe!


  • 1 bottle of apple cider
  • 1 bottle of apple juice
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 tablespoon of allspice
  • 1/2 tablespoon of ginger
  • 750 ml of Everclear
  • 375 ml of Whipped Vodka (this gives the moonshine a vanilla flavor)
  • Jars

Add all ingredients, except for the Everclear and vodka to a crockpot. Cook on low for a least 8 hours. Let the mixture cool and then add the bottles of Everclear and whipped vodka. Stir and remove the cinnamon sticks.

I gave my moonshine to my friends in jars wrapped with burlap because gifts in jars wrapped in burlap are the best thing ever 🙂

Beer Profile: Unita’s Hop Nosh IPA

My husband and I love (and when I say love, I mean LOVE) IPA’s. They are bold and refreshing, complex and powerful. Tonight on the way home from work, Jack (my husband) picked up this fine specimen of a beer, Uinta’s Hop Nosh IPA.


The American IPA, brewed in Utah is available all year long. Daring and fresh, this brew has notes of grapefruit, pine and caramel. Some even say they taste hits of lime zest and grass

  • ABV: 7.3%
  • IBU: 82.4
  • Color: Golden Amber

Unita Brewery was founded in 1993. The brewery began in an old mechanic’s garage. It is now the first business in Utah to be 100% wind powered. The whole operation runs on sustainable energy, including the brewery’s boombox.

The Fuzzy Apple

The other night, I received a call from some out of town friends! “Surprise! We are in town and thought we would stop by to say hello!” I hung up with them, looked around my messing living room and panicked! Not only was my house a mess, I didn’t have any wine to offer them.

After speed cleaning, I opened my cupboards to see what I could offer my guests. I had a couple bottles of hard cider, some peach schnapps, and a can of pineapple pieces. Inspiration hit and a master piece was created: The Fuzz Apple! Not only was this drink easy to make, it was a big hit!


  • 1 bottle of hard apple cider (I used Strongbow Hard Apple Cider)
  • 3 ounces of peach schnapps
  • 3 ounces of pineapple juice (I used the juice from the can of pineapple pieces.)
  • 6 raspberries

Build this drink straight into a wine glass. Fill your glass 3/4ths of the way full with ice. Add one ounce of peach schnapps and one ounce of pineapple juice. Pour 1/3 of a bottle of hard apple cider into the glass. Give the drink a little stir and garnish with 2 raspberries!

Sip and Enjoy!

This recipe will make three servings!



Old Fashioned with a Cranberry Twist

I love making a traditional drink and adding a little twist to it.  In the holiday spirit, I am adding cranberries to one of the most traditional drinks out there – an Old Fashioned! The cranberries will add a slight tartness that compliments the robustness of the whiskey.


  • Sugar cubes (If you don’t have any cubes, regular sugar will work too.)
  • Orange – cut into half slices
  • Bitters
  • Whole berry cranberry sauce (You can also use fresh or frozen cranberries but they are harder to find.)
  • Whiskey

Add a sugar cube, 1 tablespoon of cranberry sauce, half of an orange slice, and 3 dashes of bitters to an old fashioned glass. Muddle the mixture until the sugar cube breaks apart and starts to dissolve. Fill the glass 3/4th of the way with ice. Pour in 2 ounces of whiskey. I used Knob Creek Rye Whiskey, but feel free to substitute your favorite.

To finish off your Old Fashioned, add a splash of soda water and give the drink one gentle stir. Enjoy!