Nothing says the holidays like a chocolate covered cherry...or booze. Why not both?
Here's another moonshine recipe in the same line as my Apple Pie and Blueberry Pie versions you may have seen earlier on Wide Open Spaces. There is even a pumpkin pie recipe floating around as well. If you liked those recipes, this chocolate covered cherry moonshine recipe is sure to please as well.
Also, yes, we all know - THIS IS NOT REAL MOONSHINE. It still tastes awesome and, uh, gets the job done.
This recipe is great for the holiday season as cakes, pies, candies, and chocolates seem to litter the store aisles and kitchen tables all across America. This holiday season, sit back with a nice cup of chocolate covered cherry moonshine and prepare yourself to spread some holiday cheer, especially after you have had a glass or two.
Chocolate Covered Cherry Moonshine
- 1 750ml bottle of 190 proof everclear - If you can't get this in your state, a high proof vodka will work also
- 1 750ml bottle of chocolate liqueur - I used Crave Chocolate Truffle
- 2 jars of 32 oz tart cherry juice
- 1 large jar of maraschino cherries
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- Any size mason jars of your choosing
To get this chocolate covered cherry moonshine recipe going, bring the cherry juice to a boil in a larger pot. Once boiling, add in the large jar of maraschino cherries and 1/2 cup of both white and brown sugar. Stir for a few minutes until all the sugar is dissolved. At that point, turn the heat off and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
Once cooled to room temperature, pour in 2 1/2 cups of the everclear into the mixture along with 1 full cup of the chocolate liqueur. Feel free to add more everclear if you like. The cherry hides the alcohol taste very well so you can probably get away with a whole bottle of the everclear if you are feeling froggy. I like strong booze though so more isn't a problem for me. I intentionally made this batch a little weaker because I was bringing this for a family gathering and was more concerned with taste than effect. However you roll is up to you.
Stir the mixture until everything is blended then pour into mason jars of the size of your choosing. I also added the cherries from mixture to the jars as well. I also used pint jars so I can give them away as Christmas presents to a few people. Be careful though! Depending on the amount of everclear you add to the mixture, this can be very strong!
These should store in your fridge for a long time, but otherwise, just keep them in the cupboard or closet until you are ready for them. Normally these types of drinks are better after a week or so anyways.
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