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Replace Your Vodka With These Five 'Shiny Substitutions

CocktailsStephanie StantonComment
Vodka doesn’t stand a chance.

Vodka doesn’t stand a chance.

You’ve probably heard us tell you (perhaps sometimes a little too forcefully) to replace your vodka with Belle Isle Moonshine–but what does that actually mean? When we talk to customers at events or on Instagram, the top question we get is, “What exactly is moonshine?” We’ve met a lot of people who are initially hesitant to try our spirit, as it’s easy to envision a burly, bearded man offering up mason jars full of peach-flavored rocket fuel. Despite its cultural mythology, moonshine is actually just an un-aged corn spirit that’s distilled to a lower alcohol point than vodka or whiskey. While vodka and moonshine end up around the same 40% ABV mark, our spirit requires less added water to cut the alcohol content down. The result? Less burn, more flavor, and a cleaner finish.

Now that you have some base-level ‘shine knowledge, we’ll move on to another big question we get asked: “How do I use this stuff?” While we totally condone getting as creative as possible with your cocktail experiments, the key to creating a delicious moonshine drink is as simple as just replacing your vodka. Whether your go-to drink is a martini or a mule, here are five of our favorite recipes that show just how easy it is to swap ‘shine in your favorite vodka cocktails.


Martini

Whether you like it dirty or with a twist, a moonshine martini is always a good idea.

Whether you like it dirty or with a twist, a moonshine martini is always a good idea.

A classic martini is the perfect cocktail to showcase the differences between our spirit and a traditional vodka. Made up of only two or three ingredients, the martini can’t mask vodka’s burn. Our OG Black Label moonshine makes a killer martini, but try subbing 100 Proof for a little extra oomph!

Black Label Martini

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with olives, lemon twist, or any other garnish you'd like. Feel free to customize this recipe to make your ideal martini!


MOSCOW MULE

One mule to rule them all.

One mule to rule them all.

It’s no secret that a mule is one of our favorite drinks. Instead of pairing vodka with ginger beer, try your next mule with the sweet heat of our Honey Habanero ‘shine.

Spicy Mule

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients in a glass over ice, and garnish with a lime wedge


cosmopolitan

Your old standby gets a citrusy update.

Your old standby gets a citrusy update.

Ditch your old vodka-crans for something a little more elevated. Our bright, bold Blood Orange moonshine is a perfect spirit to revamp that tired Cosmopolitan.

BLOOD ORANGE COSMO

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. cranberry juice

  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice

Preparation:

Add all ingredients to a mixing tin over ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a lime twist, or a dehydrated blood orange.


vodka soda

‘Shine + soda = as simple and tasty as you can get.

‘Shine + soda = as simple and tasty as you can get.

Our moonshine is so smooth and flavorful it shines (no pun intended) on its own or with the simple fizz of some soda water. While all of our products are great with soda, we’re partial to this version with Ruby Red Grapefruit.

ruby Spritz

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients in a glass over ice.


Bloody Mary

Our Spicy Moonshine Mary is the cure for whatever ails you.

Our Spicy Moonshine Mary is the cure for whatever ails you.

What makes your favorite hangover-relieving brunch drink even better? A jolt of sweet heat from our Honey Habanero moonshine, of course.

Spicy Moonshine Mary

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Add all ingredients to glass with ice, tumble back and forth in mixing tin a few times. Garnish with peppers, olives, lemon, celery, and whatever else strikes your fancy. Add a few extra drops of hot sauce if you're feeling truly spicy! 

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Belle Isle Moonshine is a premium, handcrafted spirit proudly hailing from Richmond, Virginia.

We take the name Belle Isle from a small, 540-acre island located smack dab in the middle of the James River where Civil War soldiers used surplus corn rations to make moonshine in copper kettles.

Belle Isle Moonshine is distilled from 100% organic corn, grown by three family farms and responsibly sourced. Once triple-distilled, we charcoal filter Belle Isle four times over. Then, we cut it with purified water right from the James River. Our infusions are made with 100% real ingredients, never artificial flavors or color. We use real grapefruits sourced from Texas and California, local honey from the Shenandoah Valley, organic habaneros grown an hour away, and freshly roasted coffee beans from the most socially conscious roastery in Richmond, Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co.

From there, each bottle of Belle Isle Moonshine is filled, corked, labeled, and packed by hand by our Production team, who check each bottle and batch for quality assurance. Since Belle Isle is made in small batches, you can find the batch number handwritten in the bottom right corner of each bottle.

Distilled from good times and 100% organic corn.

Party Prepped: Bubbly + Bloodies

CocktailsBrandon DayComment

With New Years festivities right around the corner, it's time to send 2018 off with a bang. But ringing in the new year tends to have some consequences the next morning. We're compiling our favorite Belle Isle + bubbly recipes that are perfect for your midnight cheers AND our favorite Belle Isle Bloody Mary recipes that are the fix you'll need come Tuesday morning.

BELLE ISLE + BUBBLY


BELLE ISLE BLOODIES


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Erica's Easter Brunch Mimosa Bar

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Wanna host a killer brunch but not get stuck playing bartender all day? Celebrate Easter (or anything, really) with a tasty homemade meal and a Belle Isle Mimosa Bar! We called on our good friend and hostess with the mostest Erica Key, of the award-winning blog Eating with Erica, to show us how it's done!

Don't forget to reward yourself with a mimosa, you party ninja!

Don't forget to reward yourself with a mimosa, you party ninja!

Can you believe Easter is less than two weeks away? The year is flying by, and I am over the moon to welcome Spring. If you are hosting Easter this year (or any spring gathering for that matter) and are looking for an eye-catching cocktail to keep your guests entertained with minimal work, this Belle Isle Mimosa Bar is for you. I absolutely LOVE mimosa bars. They are so simple to create, they are so tasty, and they leave your guests self-sufficient. Which means you can keep hosting without making cocktails every five minutes.

 

This year, my mimosas are stronger since I will be dealing with my family.  We're taking it to the next level with a shot of Belle Isle Black Label! To create the ultimate Belle Isle Mimosa, I added orange juice, champagne, and a shot of Belle Isle Black Label served in a Champagne flute with a strawberry. 

Belle Isle + Cute Bunnies = WIN

Belle Isle + Cute Bunnies = WIN

When creating your mimosa bar, location is key. I chose a spot for my bar that wasn't in the way of where I was cooking and wouldn't make anyone else feel like they were in the way either. I set up about 8-10 glasses and added adorable bunny straws (purchased at the Dollar Store). I then purchased carafes for the juice. Typically orange is the standard for mimosas, but it's always okay to think outside the box. I wanted to give my guests some options, so I used pineapple juice and cranberry juice in addition to the orange juice.  You can also use raspberry lemonade or pomegranate juice. 

 

Pro tip #1: Don't forget to pour one for yourself.

Pro tip #1: Don't forget to pour one for yourself.

I made sure to provide a Belle Isle ice bucket, since I wanted to make sure the champagne and Belle Isle Black Label were chilled at all times. I then purchased clear containers to place the fruit in. I used wine glasses, but you can also use clear glass bowls. I am a fanatic for berries, so the more berries the better. Berries are awesome garnishes, and who doesn't love a pretty mimosa?  I used strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries.  You can get really creative with garnishes! Other garnishes that would be great here are mint, different sugar rims, and oranges. To give my mimosa bar the full pizazz, I added Easter decor: egg baskets with eggs, egg-shaped candies, really cute napkins, and the bunny straws. 

No matter what your plans are this Easter make sure you have fun, enjoy your loved ones, and have a mimosa.

Cheers, friends! 

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How To Create Belle Isle Moonshine Mimosa Bar    

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       Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Strawberries

  • 1 Cup of Blueberries

  • 1 Cup of Blackberries

  • 1 Cup of Raspberries

  • 1 Bottle of Champagne

  • 1 Bottle of Belle Isle

  • Juice

  • Orange Juice

  • Pineapple Juice

  • Cranberry Juice

Directions 

Set up mimosa bar: Make sure to include glasses, Easter decor, carafes of juice, ice buckets, Belle Isle Black Label , and Champagne. 

Fill Champagne flutes half way with juice, add one shot of Belle Isle Black Label, and top off with Champagne. Garnish to your liking. 

 

Berries on berries on berries.

Berries on berries on berries.

Recipes & post by Erica Key, editor-in-chief and founder of Eating with Erica.

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Belle Isle Moonshine is a premium, handcrafted spirit proudly hailing from Richmond, Virginia.

We take the name Belle Isle from a small, 540-acre island located smack dab in the middle of the James River where Civil War soldiers used surplus corn rations to make moonshine in copper kettles.

Belle Isle Moonshine is distilled from 100% organic corn, grown by three family farms and responsibly sourced. Once triple-distilled, we charcoal filter Belle Isle four times over. Then, we cut it with purified water right from the James River. Our infusions are made with 100% real ingredients, never artificial flavors or color. We use real grapefruits sourced from Texas and California, local honey from the Shenandoah Valley, organic habaneros grown an hour away, and freshly roasted coffee beans from the most socially conscious roastery in Richmond, Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co.

From there, each bottle of Belle Isle Moonshine is filled, corked, labeled, and packed by hand by our Production team, who check each bottle and batch for quality assurance. Since Belle Isle is made in small batches, you can find the batch number handwritten in the bottom right corner of each bottle.

Distilled from good times and 100% organic corn.

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