Bottoms Up — November 3, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Manhattan Moonshine: Something Good Came from Prohibition



Although Prohibition is often looked back at a time of repression, but it in fact, sparked a lot of creativity within the country, especially within the spirits industry. Moonshine saw a huge resurgence during the Prohibition era, and now we can enjoy it again with Manhattan Moonshine Whiskey, a prohibition-style premium moonshine.

Made from a unique blend of the finest New York grains, primarily oats, along with rye and is distilled in small batches in a handmade Christian Carl pot. The pots allow the preservation of the natural grain flavors, like honey and spice from the oats and vanilla from the rye. Once the moonshine is distilled, it is immediately bottled and requires no aging. Unlike corn-made moonshines, the oats used in Manhattan Moonshine provide a subtle flavor that will not be overpowered by the aging process.

Not only is this a delicious moonshine, but it comes in a stunning bottle, made only more beautiful by the fact that once you are finished drinking it, you can steam off the label and use it as a decanter. Remember this as you down the bottle and it only adds to the experience!

Although it’s a whopping 95 proof, this moonshine, unlike many others, goes down exceptionally smooth, and can be enjoyed on its own or in a cocktail. In fact, many traditional libations that use vodka or gin can gain a unique twist by subbing in moonshine. Check out some of our favorite recipes below and make sure to let us know what you think of Manhattan Moonshine and their fabulous cocktails!


Bix – Bismark
1 1/4 oz. Manhattan Moonshine
3/4 oz. Aperol
1 oz. cranberry juice
squeeze of lime wedge

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and shake. Strain into a rocks glass of crushed ice and garnish with a lime wedge.


Bessie Smash
1 1/2 oz. Manhattan Moonshine
3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
3/4 oz. agave syrup

Add ingredients to a mixing glass and shake with ice. Strain into rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.


White Manhattan
2 1/2 oz. Manhattan Moonshine
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
1/2 oz. Cointreau

Add ingredients to a mixing glass, over ice and shake/stir well. Strain into chilled martini glass and garnish with an orange twist.

Twisted Talk: Have you ever had Manhattan Moonshine before? Which one of these cocktails do you want to try? Discuss below!

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