Welcome back to Day 7 of our 12 Days of Infusions series!
Today's Coconut Oil Washed Moonshine Infusion is courtesy of Danny McDermott. Danny mans the bar at Acacia Mid-Town, serving up locally-sourced fine cuisine and some of the best cocktails Richmond has to offer.
Now, let's get started on this infusion:
Coconut Oil Washed Moonshine Infusion Recipe
What you'll need - 1 bottle Belle Isle Premium Moonshine - 1 cup liquid coconut oil (must be unrefined)
Here's how to make it Shake to combine and let rest for at least 12 hours in the refrigerator (this works best in a large mouth container). Remove the layer of solidified oil, and strain the liquid through cheesecloth or vey fine mesh (the finer the better).
Danny on fat washing:"I think fat-washing is an easy way to infuse interesting flavors into a base spirit. It's more or less fool proof. You take fat, and you can use any fat (oils, compound butters, fatty meat, cheese, etc.), put it in alcohol, let it sit for a while, and voila...a new flavor. It's not as precise as some other infusions (as with making bitters or compound infusions where incorrect proportions of ingredients can drastically alter the outcome). The more fat added, the more intense the final flavor, and vice-versa."
Coconut Oil Washed Moonshine Cocktail Recipe
What you'll need - 2 oz Coconut Oil Washed Moonshine - .75 oz fresh kiwi juice - .5 oz fresh lemon juice - scant .5 oz orgeat - white of one egg - hibiscus/coffee bitters for garnish (recipe below)
Here's how to make it Add all ingredients to large shaker tin, Dry shake. Add ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into coupe glass, garnish with hibiscus/coffee bitters.
For the hibiscus/coffee bitters In a large mason jar add .25 c. Dried whole hibiscus flowers, .25 c. Whole coffee beans (Danny uses decaf, but it doesn't really matter, high quality of course) and 1 tsp. cinchona bark to two cups Belle Isle Moonshine. Shake well. Let rest for one week, shaking daily to combine ingredients. After one week, strain and add 2 tablespoons Demerara syrup (2:1 raw sugar to water). Let rest one more week to mellow.
"Through the combination of washing the moonshine with coconut-oil, the kiwi juice, the orgeat, the egg white and the hibiscus/coffee bitters, you get what I describe as winter in Polynesia."
- Danny McDermott
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