Down With The Shine Blog Tour -- Moonshine Infused Recipes

Down With The Shine | Kate Karyus Quinn
Release Date: April 26th, 2016 | HarperTeen
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 335
Edtion: Paperback ARC
Source: Irish Banana Blog Tours

Make a wish…

Lennie always thought her uncles’ “important family legacy” was good old-fashioned bootlegging. Then she takes some of her uncles’ moonshine to Michaela Gordon’s annual house party, and finds out just how wrong she was.

At the party, Lennie has everyone make a wish before drinking the shine—it’s tradition. She toasts to wishes for bat wings, for balls of steel, for the party to go on forever. Lennie even makes a wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was murdered six months ago.

The next morning gives Lennie a whole new understanding of the phrase be careful what you wish for—or in her case, be careful what wishes you grant. Because all those wishes Lennie raised a jar of shine to last night? They came true. Most of them came out bad. And once granted, a wish can’t be unmade…

I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.



Think Moonshine Is Just Used To Get Turnt Up?
Think again folks! 
Don't want to show innocent bystanders your nips after downing a couple of shots of Moonshine? Well, try these instead!


First of all, I love me some moonshine! I used to work with a guy who's dad and grandpa, MADE moonshine from scratch! They would sell us all types of flavors, my favorites being apple pie and pink lemonade, and when his grandpa brought me a moonshine infused pound cake to work one day, I was pretty much floored. Who would've guessed that this strong alcoholic beverage that tastes like finger nail polish remover, could make something so moist and delicious? Well, I have a few recipes to showcase that infuses moonshine in the most scrumptious way ever.

It's summertime, so you know people are firing up those grills, getting ready for those burnt ass hot dogs, juicy burgers, and even those rack of ribs! Both recipes were adapted from my favorite place Food Network!


Grilled Buffalo Ribs With Pineapple-Moonshine BBQ Sauce

1 cup diced yellow onion 
1 tablespoon chopped garlic 
1 tablespoon chopped horseradish 
1/2 cup Moonshine (100-proof Vodka can be used as well) 
4 cups diced pineapple 
4 cups diced tomatoes 
1/4 cup molasses 
1/2 cup cider vinegar 
1/4 cup honey 
1/2 cup brown sugar 
1 tablespoon dried mustard powder 
2 tablespoons dried oregano 
3 bay leaves 
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce 
4 cups ketchup 
8 Buffalo ribs, about 3 pounds 
Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
Olive oil 
1 cup water 
Grilled pineapple, for garnish 
Lime slices, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grill to medium-high.
In a large saucepan, saute the onion, garlic, and horseradish over medium-high heat. Add the vodka and scrape the bottom of the pan with your wooden spoon or rubber spatula to deglaze the yummy bits off the bottom.

Add the pineapple and tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Let it simmer for 10 minutes. Add the molasses, vinegar, honey, sugar, mustard powder, oregano, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup.

Allow it to simmer for 2 hours.

Season the ribs with salt and freshly ground black pepper and rub with a little olive oil. Grill the ribs for about 5 minutes per side. In a braising pan, place the ribs and 1/2 of the sauce over the ribs and cover the pan with a lid. Save the other 1/2 of the sauce for the final plating. Add 1 cup of water to the ribs and let it simmer for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, until the meat is tender but is still on the bone. Remove the ribs from the liquid.

Apple Pie Moonshine Cupcakes
I am trying this recipe out ASAP OMG WHAT. WHAT


3c flour 
1c sugar 
1/2c light brown sugar 
2 tsp baking powder 
½ tsp baking soda 
1 tsp salt 
2 tsp cinnamon 
3 eggs 
1c canola oil 
1/2c light sour cream 
2 tsp vanilla 
2c grated apples 
3/4c apple pie moonshine

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 Combine flour, both sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. In a separate large bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, sour cream and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients and combine. Add grated apples. Add moonshine. Line cupcake tins with liners and fill ¾ of the way with batter. Bake for 20 minutes or until done. Let cupcakes cool before coring and frosting.

4 apples
1/4c flour
1c powdered sugar
4 tbs moonshine
1/4c sugar
3tsp cinnamon
½ stick butter

Cut apples into small pieces and set aside. Combine moonshine, flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a microwave-safe bowl. Cube the butter and add it to the bowl. Add the apple pieces to the bowl and mix. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for five minutes. Stir. Put back in microwave for five more minutes. Stir and cool in fridge, checking and stirring occasionally. Once both cupcakes and filling are cool, core the cupcakes using a small spoon and fill.

2 ½ sticks butter 
3 egg whites 
¾ light brown sugar 
1 tsp vanilla 
3-4 cup powdered sugar 
1/2 cup moonshine

Combine egg whites and brown sugar. Put in microwave for 15 seconds and stir so sugar is dissolved. Use stand or hand mixer on low to medium speeds and whisk for around 10 minutes or until fluffy. Add butter gradually while continuing to mix. Alternate mixing powdered sugar and moonshine until combined. Add vanilla extract and cinnamon to taste. Frost cupcakes. Optional: sprinkle cinnamon on top or garnish with apple.
This not only has me hungry, but I'm now wanting a nice cold Jar of Moonshine. Let me send a telegram to Grandpa Forrest since he doesn't know how to use a cellphone  

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