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NetFlix and Swill (Color-Changing Moonshine Cocktail)

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Netflix and Swill Cocktail  (Color-changing Moonshine Cocktail)

Thinking of ‘Netflix and Chill’ this weekend?  Well, make it Shine!  This amazing Moonshine cocktail will bring a little magic.  It is a gorgeous drink that changes colors- and so delicious- Enjoy this Color-changing Moonshine Cocktail- ‘Swill” and Refill!

What is the magic in this Color-changing Moonshine Cocktail?

The magic ingredient is this Butterfly Pea Flower Tea.  You can purchase this through Amazon.  It is all natural and organic.  This tea is a gorgeous blue that changes to purple with the acidity of the citrus.  If you want to keep your simple syrup blue, you can add 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda.  Otherwise, enjoy the color-changing magic!

The Moonshine you can get at your liquor store is not the hair-raising alcohol you get from the still, but can still pack a punch at 100 proof.   Vodka is 80 proof by comparison.


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What is Swill?

Swill is known as a liquid mixture containing waste food that is given to pigs to eat.  When it comes to alcohol, the term is used as a derogatory label for any drink meant for human ingestion perceived as unpalatable or almost undrinkable- sometimes associated with lower-end home brews- or even moonshine.

In this case, our Netflix and Swill (Moonshine) Cocktail is surprising and delightful.  Enjoy the ‘Thrill of the Swill’!

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Does Moonshine have other names?

America has a deep cultural relationship to this liquor, and it is certainly coupled with rebellion.  Why else would this illicit alcohol have so many names applied lovingly applied to it?

Bootleg, Home Brew, White Lightning, Skull Cracker, Kentucky Creek water, Firewater, Stillbilly, ‘Shine, Super Proof Juice, Thunder Jug, Everclear, Rotgut, Ruckus Juice, Mule Kick, Blind Randy, Wobble Juice, Bathtub Gin, Mountain Dew,  Corn Likker, White trash, Appalachian Punch- are just a few…

What is Moonshine?

Moonshine can be made from any grain or fruit but is commonly made using corn.  It is a high-proof alcohol, traditionally clear and usually unaged whiskey.  Moonshine is typically at least 40% alcohol by volume or 80 proof, but can be as high as 190 proof.   Mostly, Moonshine was homemade in a still, or make-shift distillery, and bottled in a mason jar.


Does Moonshine have an origin story?

You bet it does!  Creating moonshine began in England in the 18th century and spread to the US.  For the first 200 years of its consumption in America, it was legal to produce homemade alcohol.  In fact, Native Americans were producing booze long before America was colonized.

Later, issues surrounding the taxation of alcohol played a role in the American Revolution, the Whiskey Rebellion, and the Civil War.  The term moonshine comes from early British settlers.  This term was used to describe things that were done at night, like illegal activities that had to be under the cover of nightfall.


Where did the ‘White lightning’ start in the America?

You may be surprised to know that Illegal moonshine in the states actually began with farmers in Pennsylvania.  In 1791, the federal government imposed the first tax, “whiskey tax”, imposed on a domestic product by the newly formed federal government. For the next three years, distillers held off the tax collectors. Unfortunately, the rebellion ended with 13,000 militiamen from surrounding states that marched with President Washington to put down the rebellion. This was the first test of the new government.   By 1802, then President Thomas Jefferson repealed the excise tax on whiskey, and the events from the decade prior came known as the Whiskey Rebellion. 

While Moonshine has roots in Pennsylvania, it certainly has roots in the South, where Southern moonshiners deeply resented liquor revenue enforcement and viewed it as an extension of Yankee tyranny.  Moonshine white whiskey is also part of the culture in the mountainous regions of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Kentucky.


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Why is Moonshine associated with Mountains?

Moonshine was a significant source of income for generations of people in the mountains. Historically, it was one of the few ways to earn cash in the rural mountain economies.  The mountains were also rich with places to hide illegal stills.


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People have been distilling their own alcohol for thousands of years and moonshine has a special place in American culture.  While individuals of legal drinking age may produce wine or beer at home for personal or family use, Federal law strictly prohibits individuals from producing distilled spirits at home.  American settlers produced alcohol legally and without tax for many years, until in 1862 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) passed the 1862 Revenue Act.  So the tradition of ‘moonshine’ evolved to evade the heavy new taxes, and of course during Prohibition.   Today, Commercial distillers are distilling moonshine to consumers legally nationwide, with fancy product labels on new mason jars(fully taxed- of course!).


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Color-changing Moonshine Cocktail

with Blueberries and Pomegranate seeds

moonshine cocktail with butterfly pea flower tea
5 from 43 votes

Netflix and Swill

Color-changing Moonshine Cocktail
Prep Time10 minutes
Active Time10 minutes
Cooling time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bachelorette cocktail, Bill Elliot's Moonshine, Buffalo Trace white dog, butterfly pea flower cocktail, butterfly pea-flower, color-changing cocktail, Fun Cocktail, George Dickel white corn whiskey, hip cocktail, junior johnson's Midnight moon, moonshine, moonshine cocktail, Netflix and swill, Ole smoky moonshine, Pomegranate, Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White whiskey, red, white, and blue cocktail, Rosemary, Stillhouse Clear corn whiskey, Tim Smith's Climax, Troy and sons Platinum, white whiskey
Yield: 1
Author: Ivana Haphsechs


Magic Color-Changing Simple Syrup

Netflix and Swill Cocktail

  • ½ glass Crushed ice
  • 1 ½ oz Southernshine Moonshine
  • 3 tbsp Magic Color-Changing Simple Syrup
  • 2 sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Pomeganate Seeds
  • 2 slices lime
  • 8 Blueberries
  • ½ Fresh lime- squeezed


Magic Color-changing Simple Syrup

  • Put loose Butterfly Pea Flower in a teabag
  • Brew until the tea is dark blue
  • Add sugar, and stir until it dissolves
  • Let cool

Assemble Netflix and Swill Cocktail

  • Fill ⅓ of a tall Highball glass with crushed ice, add 3 Blueberries, Pomegranate seeds, and a Lime slice
  • Fill another ⅓ of the glass with ice, and layer in 3 additional Blueberries, Pomegranate seeds, a slice of Lime, and a Rosemary sprig
  • Add Magic color-changing simple syrup to the bottom of the Highball glass
  • Add Moonshine, and stir
  • Add Club soda, 2 inches from the rim
  • For dramatic effect, you can squeeze the Lime into the drink in front of your guests, stir and watch the drink go from blue to purple (Alternately, If you stir the top of the drink lightly- the color will change over time)
  • Garnish with remaining Blueberries, Pomegranate seeds, and Rosemary sprig

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Love our Color-changing Moonshine recipe?

version of moscow mule with butterfly pea flower tea iceCheck out our Blue Balls recipe that also uses this tea.  A delicious Mule with a twist.  Inventive and sheer fun!  So get ‘on the ball’ and mix up a batch- They will be the talk of your party.

This is also a fun drink for a Bachelorette Party Find lots of fun party ideas.



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