Cocktail: Strawberry Shortcake Moonshine

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Are you a strawberry fan? How about strawberry shortcake? Then you are sure to love my take on this Strawberry Shortcake Moonshine cocktail. Bring on summertime!

Strawberry shortcake has to be one of my all time favorite desserts. I’ve been a strawberry fan since I was a little girl and prefer eating the fresh berries and shortcake with some fresh whipped cream to eating a slice of chocolate cake. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some chocolate cake, but give me a pint of strawberries and I’m one happy girl. ;)

Since I set out on a quest to create some unique moonshine recipes (like my Spiced Cranberry Moonshine Recipe and Caramel Apple Moonshine Recipe), I knew that once the strawberries came back into season, I wanted to try my hand at making a Strawberry Shortcake Moonshine. This one took some trial and error. Once strawberries are boiled down to a strawberry simple syrup, they lose their tartness. I finally decided to try thinning down some strawberry jam to get that tartness back. A splash of fresh lemon juice helped too.

Are you a strawberry fan? How about strawberry shortcake? Then you are sure to love my take on this Strawberry Shortcake Moonshine cocktail. Bring on summertime!

Ingredients
3 lbs fresh strawberries, halved
2 cups of sugar
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 cups of club soda
600 ml moonshine
1 cup strawberry simple syrup (recipe below)
4 Tbsp. strawberry jam
Extra club soda, for jam
Cake Vodka
Whipped Vodka

Directions
Pour half the strawberries into a medium bowl. Pour 1 cup of sugar on top of the strawberries. Pour the remaining strawberries on top and then add the remaining sugar. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
When the berries are ready, add to a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn the heat down to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes.
While the strawberries are cooking, in a small saucepan over low heat, add the strawberry jam and a splash of club soda. Warm until the jam is a syrupy liquid. Remove from the heat and strain the juice into a large bowl. Let the juice come down to about room temperature. Add in the jam syrup, strawberry simple syrup, lemon juice and club soda. Add in the moonshine. Stir to combine.

In a small mason jar, add 2/3 moonshine mixture, 1.5 oz Cake Vodka and 0.5 oz of Whipped Vodka. Refrigerate till cold. Enjoy!

Quick Strawberry Simple Syrup
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
6 strawberries, cut in half

Add all ingredient in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Cook for about 20 minutes to incorporate the strawberries. Strain out the berries.

Are you a strawberry fan? How about strawberry shortcake? Then you are sure to love my take on this Strawberry Shortcake Moonshine cocktail. Bring on summertime!

Check out some of my other amazing cocktail recipes like my Chocolate Martini with Bacon, Strawberry Sunrise and Irish Mule.

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Book Review: A Taste of Bliss by Adrian R. Hale

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A Taste of BlissI received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review. All stories & opinions are 100% my own.

A Taste of Bliss by Adrian R. HaleGoodreads.com Synopsis
All Bliss Kaufman wanted was a sandwich and a nap after a grueling day beautifying this week’s bridal party. So when a bartender with a panty-melting grin offers her dinner and a ride on his motorcycle, Bliss swerves from her plans for one unexpected night with Talan McGregor. Just one. It was never supposed to go further. But once isn’t enough for Talan who returns demanding more–and his timing couldn’t be worse.

A life-changing diagnosis forces Bliss to abandon her carefully crafted plans. Even though she can make anyone beautiful with enough makeup and hair product, she can’t fix everything with her 50-pound bag of beauty tricks. Bliss is starting to think she might need Talan after all, but letting him in means cracking open her heart and embracing a life without a safety net.

After all, love is life’s greatest complication, and might just be worth the risk.

*Due to sexual content and graphic language this book is intended for readers 18+*

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars.
I’m always leary about reading an author’s debut novel. I read a lot and I have expectations on how a story should flow. If it doesn’t quite flow how I think it should, it just becomes a meh book for me. I was completely blown out of the water with this book. Sure the romance is super hot. But the story, punched me in the gut and made me relive some of my past that maybe I didn’t know I needed to relive (no spoilers here…you’re going to have to read to find out!). I loved all of the characters. I would’ve preferred a better flow into Talan’s portion at the end. It felt a bit too choppy for me, but I think that’s my only critique.
If you want a new romance author to read? Adrian Hale is your girl. Her first book truly showed off her writing chops. Definitely grab a copy of this one!

Buy your copy of A Taste of Bliss by Adrian R. Hale here!

I’ve got more book inspiration here at my bookshelf. Tons of books ready for you to choose your next read. But seriously, go grab A Taste of Bliss.

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