What if, instead of moonshine, cupcakes were illegal? Would you still bake them? Would you race to deliver your cupcakes without getting caught. “Oh no, officer, there’s no need to check the trunk. I was just headed to meet my husband and bring him some moonshine. I would never get involved with something like cupcakes – heavens, no!” Would NASCAR (a sport started due to moonshining) be a largely female SUV-racing sport? Thankfully, we’ll never know.
These days, legal moonshine exists. As Medicinal Mixology points out, legal moonshine is a bit of a paradox:
Moonshine is not a type of spirit (such as gin, tequila, or whiskey), but is defined as any spirit made at an illegal, unlicensed still. In short, moonshine is liquor made by a person that doesn’t give the government the taxes it so loves to collect on liquor sales. So really, the only thing that separates a distiller from a bootlegger is money paid to Uncle Sam.
However, some legal moonshine is made the exact same way that it’s been made for generations (with taxes and government regulation being the only differences). The history gives those brands enough legitimacy for me. I made my moonshine and sweet tea cupcakes using Strawberry Midnight Moon (NASCAR superstar Junior Johnson‘s company), which uses real fruit and no artificial colors or flavors.
The moonshine and sweet tea cupcakes have a strong tea flavor. I figured out the secret to baking with tea a while back and I’m always happy for an excuse to use it. The moonshine lends a light alcohol finish with slightly fruity notes from the strawberry. Despite the fact that I chopped up all the moonshine-soaked strawberries from the Midnight Moon jar and added them to the cupcake batter, the strawberry flavor was not prominent. It just adds to the sweetness. These moonshine and sweet tea cupcakes are for anyone who has a little rebel and a little South in them. Y’all are going to love these cupcakes!
Moonshine and Sweet Tea Cupcakes