Moonswine Mary

Raven Higheagle


In the Appalachian Mountains there are still distillers who produced and distributed whiskey. The distillation was done at night to avoid discovery, hence the word Moonshine. Moonshine is typically made with corn mash as the main ingredient. Now days you can buy Moonshine legally under different names the most popular is Everclear. This recipe goes back to the times when Moonshine was still produced illegally.
The odd thing about this recipe is that the Moonshine is infused with roasted jalapenos and bacon for six days before using.


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Serves 6 (makes 3 1/2 cups jalapeno bacon moonshine)
10 Min
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  • 2 large
    poblano peppers
  • 2 large
    jalepeno peppers
  • 10 slice
    fully cooked bacon
  • 1
    one 750 ml bottle of moonshine (or vodka)

  • 1 1/2 oz
    jalapeno bacon moonshine
  • ·
    whiskey willie’s bloody mary mix
  • ·
    lime salt
  • ·
    pickled okra, for garnish

How to Make Moonswine Mary


  1. Make the Jalapeno-Bacon Moonshine:
    Wearing rubber gloves to protect your skin, slice off the tops of the peppers and remove the seeds.
  2. Place the peppers flat-skin side up on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and put the pan under the stove broiler.
  3. Broil until the skin of the pepper is charred and black.
  4. Remove the peppers from the oven and transfer them to a zip-lock bag.
  5. The stem will help loosen the skin of the pepper and make it easier to remove.
  6. After removing the skin, cut the peppers into quarters and place in an air-tight container.
  7. Place the cooked bacon in the container and pour the moonshine over the peppers and bacon, ensuring the ingredients are completely covered.
  8. Seal the container and allow to infuse for six days, stirring daily.
  9. After six days, strain the whiskey over a colander.
  10. Squeeze out any additional liquid from the peppers and bacon and add this to the infusion.
  11. Place the mixture in the freezer for at least one hour and then strain the liquid through the coffee filter.
  12. You may want to strain twice to remove all solids.
  13. Make the Moonswine Mary:
    Fill pint glass with a lime salt rim, with ice and add Jalapeno Bacon Moonshine.
  14. Top with Whiskey Willie’s Bloody Mary mix.
  15. Garnish with a pickled okra.

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About Moonswine Mary

Course/Dish: Cocktails
Main Ingredient: Alcohol
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Heirloom

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