Father’s Day is tomorrow, June 16th! Unlike Mother’s Day, you can’t just buy your Dad flowers and chocolates. The trend nowadays seems to be to make him something personalized. There are hundreds of websites dedicated to showing young kids how to make something for their dad that he can use almost every day, such as spoonful.com and enchantedlearning.com. For those of us outside of grade school though, a personalized gift for dad can be a daunting task.
Let me use my dad as an example. He is an enigma to me. He is a gun slinging, confederate flag waving, moonshine loving redneck. Now when anyone hears this they assume my father is a born and bred Southern, but that is not the case. My dad was originally from North, he can talk like a New Englander, and he has a half Puerto Rican daughter. So, like I originally said, he is an enigma to me. I know he loves hunting, fishing, and playing in his band, which only plays two kinds of music: country and western. So, if you think your dad is hard to personalize a gift for, I feel your pain.
Thanks to the Boardwalk Empire, Moonshiners, and the progression from pre-prohibition to prohibition cocktails, though, I have developed a new and great plan that can work for almost any dad. After taking him to enjoy his favorite activity, whether it is golf, watching the ball game, or fishing, you can surprise him with a signature cocktail inspired by him and named after him.
Moonshine is now being mass distributed in several states such as Kentucky, Tennessee, Connecticut, and Hawaii. It is now considered a trendy and hip liquor, so it can be enjoyed by more than just my pops. I have listed three various recipe ideas based on personal style.
Old School: Inspired by the Bees Knees
¾ oz honey syrup
½ oz lemon juice
¾ oz orange juice
To make the honey syrup, take equal parts honey and warm water. Put them in a sealed contained and shake until the color and consistency is uniform.
Add all the ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake until very cold and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. This drink is best made with fresh squeezed orange and lemon juice. If you use a bottled orange juice make sure it is not calcium fortified. This will give the cocktail and chalky taste.
For the sweet at heart
2 oz moonshine
¾ oz vanilla simple syrup
½ oz orange juice
1 oz pineapple juice
To make the vanilla simple syrup you will need vanilla extract, a vanilla bean, sugar, and water. One vanilla bean will make up to a cup of simple syrup. Split the vanilla bean in half and add to a pot with equal parts water and sugar. When it starts to simmer add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and simmer for about five minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Before you toss the vanilla bean, scrap the remaining black specks from the bean pod. If it gets clumped just put in a sealed container and shake until the clumps break apart.
Add all the ingredients to a shaker with ice. After everything is mixed pour into a highball glass and garnish with a pineapple or orange slice.
For the wild and crazy
This applies to my dad so I’ve called this the Tommy Bomb
1 oz moonshine
Energy drink of choice, his favorite is Mountain Dew
Drop the moonshine into the energy drink like any bomb shot, and chug.
Have a great Father’s Day everyone!
By Krystle Turkington