Spirit swap: a new take on classic cocktails

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Don't let boredom creep into your cocktails this holiday season. Firefly is here to help.
Two margaritas next to a bottle of Firefly White Lightning Moonshine.

 

By Robin Gibson / Images courtesy of Firefly Spirits

 

The following recipes are all made with Firefly’s flavored moonshines, and offer a fresh take on three beloved classics: the Cosmo, the Margarita and the French 75.

 

Just in time for holiday entertaining, be it party of one or safely executed (due to COVID-19) intimate gatherings of close family and friends,Fireflyhas creatively reimagined three classic cocktails by swapping out traditional spirits. 

 

Home to the world's first Sweet Tea Vodka, the groundbreaking distillery also offers seven handcrafted moonshine flavors. These include Apple Pie, Blackberry, Caramel, Cherry, Peach, Strawberry and White Lightning.

 

The following recipes are all made with Firefly’s flavored moonshines, and offer a fresh take on three beloved classics: the Cosmo, the Margarita and the French 75.

 

Cosmo

 

Shake up your classic Cosmo by switching vodka with Firefly’sBlackberry Moonshine.The result is a fruitier and stronger twist on this old favorite. 

 

2 oz. Firefly Blackberry Moonshine

½ oz. Cointreau 

1 oz. Cranberry Juice

½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice

 

A Cosmo drink in a martini glass next to Firefly Moonshine.

 

 

Margarita

 

Replace tequila with Firefly’sWhite Lightning Moonshinein all of your favorite margarita recipes, for the same kick with a little savory, down-home flavor.

 

2 oz. Firefly White Lightning Moonshine

1 oz. Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec

⅔ oz. Fresh Lime Juice

⅔ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

 

Two margaritas next to a bottle of Firefly White Lightning Moonshine.

 

Firefly 75

 

A take on a classic French 75, swap gin for Firefly’sPeach Moonshinefor a novel way to experience this noble cocktail. The peach introduces a new sweetness to this drink, complementing the tart of the citrus and crispness of the champagne really well.

 

1 oz. Firefly Peach Moonshine

3 oz. Champagne

¼ oz. Simple Syrup

½ oz. Lemon Juice

 

Champagne glasses and a bottle of Firefly Peach Moonshine.

 

Firefly Spirits are available for purchase atthese retailersaround Charleston as well as at theFirefly Distilleryin Park Circle. 4201 Spruill Ave, North Charleston SC 29405.