Two Moonshine Cocktails that will rock your world

Firstly I need to start off with a confession… I have a longstanding love affair with cocktails. 

OK so that’s no so unusual you might say. I mean seriously, who doesn’t love a good cocktail?  

But it’s not just drinking them I’m obsessed with – ever since I got my first job behind a bar at 18 years old I’ve loved MAKING cocktails. 

I love the mixing and shaking and squeezing and muddling. I love the process of combining flavours, tasting and testing until it’s just right. 


So anyway I had a bottle of Crazy Uncle Moonshine sitting on my liquor shelf that I’d been dying to use in some DIY cocktails. 

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you may remember that back in October 2014 I was lucky enough attend the Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show (which you can read about here).

I was fortunate enough to have a chat with Alisdair Malloch, one of the owners of the Whippersnapper Distillery which produces Crazy Uncle Moonshine.  

He very kindly gave me a bottle to take home and I was determined to use it in some cocktail experiments!

whippersnapper distillery moonshine


Why Moonshine? 

Moonshine is extremely versatile and can be used in place of rum, tequila or even whiskey in a cocktail.

Despite sharing the name moonshine, Crazy Uncle is worlds away from harsh home-distilled spirit that people used to brew in their backyards during the US prohibition. Instead it has a warm, sweet burn with a smooth finish, making it perfect for cocktails.


So as promised here is not just one but TWO recipes for moonshine cocktails that are both delicious and easy to make.

Both are twists on classic cocktails – the Blushing Moon is based on a traditional whiskey sour recipe (without the egg-white) and the Moonshine Mojito is a classic mojito recipe which substitutes the rum for moonshine. 

To make these cocktails you’ll need a few pieces of equipment. The key thing to remember here is not to stress out if you don’t have the professional kit. Improvise with what you have at home, for example…


1. Cocktail Shakerbut if you don’t have one you could use one of those shakers people use to make their protein shakes in OR one of those fancy mason jars with a lid (who knew they’d ever actually be useful?)

2. Rolling pin for muddling limeor the pestle bit from your mortar & pestle if you have one

3. Glasses – one short tumbler style glass and one tall glass


Blushing Moon Cocktail

Simple Syrup Recipe 

Note: “Simple Syrup” is just a mix of sugar and water. That’s it! You can make a batch of simple syrup by… 

  • Bring 1 cup of water to the boil in a saucepan
  • Add 1 cup of sugar.
  • Take saucepan off the heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. 
  • Cool syrup in the fridge before using

Moonshine Mojito


Where can I get me some Crazy Uncle?

At the time of writing the list of  Queensland bottle shops where you can buy Crazy Uncle is still being finalised. I’m hoping to be able to update this post with the list very soon, but in the meantime if you can’t wait to get your hands on some you can order it from these two distributors online…

Liquor Barons

Nick’s Wine Merchants


I had so much fun making (and drinking) these cocktails – so I hope you enjoy them too!

Let me know if you’d like to see more cocktail recipes – I have heaps of good ones and I am ALWAYS ken for an excuse to create new ones!

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About Rachel

Thirty-something Brisbane lover, trying to find the balance between FOMO and YOLO. Semi-retired party girl who loves planning itineraries for big nights out. Often found dragging 3 boys around your local farmers markets or attempting to sneak out for dinner with my husband, The Chef.

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6 Responses to “Two Moonshine Cocktails that will rock your world”

    • Rachel - Ed
      Rachel - Ed Reply

      Always glad to assist Sonia! I think mothers of three boys (like us) have earned one of these babies by the end of the week xx

  1. Hi Rachel,
    Fantastic review and recipes for the moon shine cant wait to try them. Great news Harry Brown liquor store at Eatons Hill is now a stockist of the moon shine for the surrounding Brisbane area!!

    • Rachel - Ed
      Rachel - Ed Reply

      Hey Lauren! Glad you liked them. I’ll update the post to include this info – people on the north side of town will be stoked ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know if any others come online and I’ll keep updating.

  2. I must say I was intrigued by a cocktail with moonshine in it – but these look fabulous Rachel! I have a brother in law who would absolutely love to try these (aka: he can be bartender, and my sis and I can drink them lol!) Will definitely be looking up where I can find some ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for contributing this post to the Sunday Brunch Magazine,

    All the best,

    Eliza & Bel x

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