VA Spirits Month Recipe: Moonstruck Mule

Get outta here vodka mules! Moonshine is here to save the day. This recipe uses Belle Isle Shine’s Honey Habeñero Moonshine instead of the traditional vodka, and we’re never going back! This delightful cocktail combines the spicy kick of ginger beer with the smoothness of vodka, creating a drink that’s perfect for any occasion, whether you’re stargazing under the night sky or simply unwinding after a long day. Best of all, it’s easy to make with local ingredients!

Belle Isle Honey Habanero Moonshine

We love all of Belle Isle Moonshine’s drinks and the Honey Habanero is no exception. It’s the perfect balance between sweet and spicy. (It does have a kick so if you’re sensitive to spice, skip this one!) Made in Richmond, VA by Belle Isle Craft Spirits, this moonshine is infused with natural honey and fiery habanero peppers, resulting in a uniquely complex and flavorful drink.

What is a Shrub?

A shrub is a type of vinegar-based syrup infused with fruits, herbs, spices, or aromatics. It can be used as a flavoring in cocktails, mocktails, or even in sparkling water. The process of making a shrub typically involves macerating fruit or other flavoring agents with sugar, which draws out their juices. The resulting mixture is then combined with vinegar, usually apple cider vinegar or another mild vinegar, and left to infuse for a period of time. This allows the flavors to meld together and develop complexity. We love Mother Shrub, which is based in Richmond but sold all over the country. They have quite a few variety so we recommend grabbing a few different ones!

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Moonstruck Mule

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This delightful cocktail combines the spicy kick of ginger beer with the smoothness of vodka, creating a drink that's perfect for any occasion, whether you're stargazing under the night sky or simply unwinding after a long day.

  • Author: Liz Thomson
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Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 oz. Belle Isle Honey Habanero Moonshine
  • 4 oz. Ginger beer
  • 1/2 oz. Mother Shrub Grapefruit Shrub (You can also use Lime)
  • Juice of 1/2 lime

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients and serve over ice in a copper mug or highball glass.
  2. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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