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A great adult beverage made in the slow cooker this recipe for Crock-Pot Lemonade Moonshine is simple & easy to make. A great crowd pleaser!
- 1 Slow Cooker Lemonade Moonshine
- 2 Moonshine from origins to modern times. Benefits and harms, composition, is it possible to drink, how to check the quality
- 3 The Ultimate Guide to Calories in Liquor
- 4 Calories in Bourbon | Can Drinking Whiskey Help You Lose Weight?
- 5 14 Liquors With The Highest Calories
Slow Cooker Lemonade Moonshine
With all the talk with the Apple Pie Moonshine, I was asked for recipes for a few others. One of which was Crock-Pot Lemonade Moonshine.
The addition of the lemon zest adds a ton of great lemon flavor while the lemon juice gives this a nice tart lemon flavor.
Everclear is a pure grain alcohol and is pretty strong. If your area does not sell this type of alcohol (Everclear is restricted in some areas of the United States), or if you prefer to use something not as strong, use vodka instead. The end result is still a flavorful lemonade alcoholic drink.
Using vodka will result in a beverage that is closer to the classic Italian liqueur Limoncello.
Because you can find fresh lemons at the grocery store pretty much all year long this recipe can be made any time of year. But I find it a wonderful spring or summer beverage because nothing says warm weather than some tasty lemonade with a kick.
This recipe makes about 32 shots if you want to drink it as a straight up shot. But you can also add the lemonade moonshine to cocktail recipes.
A Few Cocktail Ideas To Use Crock-Pot Lemonade Moonshine:
- Refreshing Mint Lemonade – In a large glass muddle 4 or 5 fresh mint leaves, fill cup 3/4 of the way full with ice and add 1 shot of slow cooker lemonade moonshine to the glass. Top glass with homemade lemonade and enjoy!
- Very Berry Strawberry Lemonade Daiquiri – In the jar of a blender add 16 ounces frozen strawberries, add 3 to 4 shots of slow cooker lemonade moonshine and blend until smooth and frosty. Note: You can use other berries such as raspberries or blackberries but strawberry and lemon is a classic flavor combination and one of my favorites!
- Citrus Cooler – Fill a highball glass half full with ice and add 1 ounce lemonade moonshine, 3 ounces orange juice and a splash of lime juice.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I use if I cannot buy Everclear where I live?
In some states and countries Everclear grain alcohol is not available for sale because of its high alcohol content. If you cannot find or purchase Everclear you can use a high proof vodka instead.
Can I make this lemonade moonshine without sugar?
Yes, you can use other sweeteners to make this recipe. Our readers have had success making this recipe using Splenda, Stevia, Swerve, agave and even honey.
Can I use other citrus fruit to make this moonshine recipe?
This recipe can be made using any citrus fruit or combination of citrus fruits. We suggest trying limes, oranges or even grapefruit.
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With just three ingredients (plus water) this lemonade moonshine recipe is a super tasty and refreshing adult beverage that is made easy in the slow cooker. Make this several weeks to months ahead of time that you want to start drinking it so that the flavors can really mellow out. Drink the moonshine as shots or mix into cocktails.
- In a 6 quart or larger slow cooker add the water, lemon juice, lemon zest and sugar.6 Cups Water –5 Medium Lemons –2 Cups Granulated Sugar
- Cover and cook on HIGH for two hours.
- Unplug slow cooker and allow mixture to cool until room temperature.
- Once liquid is cooled, strain mixture through a fine meshed strainer to remove the lemon zest.
- Add 2 cups Everclear grain alcohol or vodka and stir to combine.2 Cups 190 Proof Everclear Grain Alcohol
- Fill canning jars with liquid and place a lid and ring on jars.
- Allow jars to sit at room temperature for at least 30 days before drinking to allow the flavors to mellow and develop.
There is no need to actually can (water bath can or pressure can) the jars of moonshine. The high alcohol content as well as the sugar makes this moonshine shelf stable for a long time without spoiling.
A serving size is 1 shot or about 1.5 ounces.
Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.04g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.001g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin C: 9.9mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg Rate the recipe and then let us know how it was!
Moonshine from origins to modern times. Benefits and harms, composition, is it possible to drink, how to check the quality
According to GOST, moonshine can contain the following ingredients:
- grain raw materials;
- corrected water (purified and soft);
- honey or sugar;
- vegetable raw materials.
Exceeding the permissible standards for the constituent chemical compounds is not allowed. It is clear that units have the ability to conduct a chemical analysis of the product, but knowledge of how much and what is recognized as the norm, do not hurt:
- Ethanol – up to 50% of the total volume, which corresponds to a strength of 50 °.
- Furfural – in terms of a liter of pure alcohol (without water) – no more than 30 mg (0.3 g).
- Aldehydes – up to 350 g (35 g).
- Fusel oils – from 500 to 6000 mg. Apparently, the acceptable standards for whiskey were taken as a sample. For non-grain moonshine (according to “folk” norms), the amount should not exceed 50 g, taking into account the selection of “heads” and “tails”, the subsequent purification of the finished product and intermediate purification between distillations.
- Esters – up to 1500 mg.
- Methyl alcohol – no more than 0.05% in terms of the volume of pure alcohol.
- Iron – up to 1 mg per liter of alcohol.
Chemical formula and calorie content
During fermentation, yeast breaks down sugar. The main components are highlighted: ethanol, water and carbon dioxide… The formula for this chemical reaction is:
C12H22O11 u003d C2H5OH (ethyl) + H2O (water) + CO2 (carbon dioxide).
Therefore, it is easy to gain weight by frequently consuming moonshine. And given that strong alcohol induces appetitewhile dulling the sense of responsibility, you can imperceptibly and rapidly recover.
The benefits and harms of moonshine
It is impossible to talk about the unambiguous benefits or dangers of moonshine, so let's analyze its light and dark sides. TO useful properties include:
- The ability to cleanse blood vessels from cholesterol plaques.
- Decrease in blood pressure.
- Disinfects and reduces intoxication of the body when using poisons (for example, contained in some mushrooms).
- Prevents the formation of gallstones.
- Reduces stress levels and normalizes sleep.
Harm it is also impossible to deny, especially with frequent use in large doses:
- The liver suffers. Cirrhosis decimates the ranks of alcoholics.
- The brain is damaged, which is why a heavy drinker gradually degrades.
- Internal organs change pathologically.
Is it possible and how to drink moonshine?
So, give up alcohol? But it's not easy national traditions cannot be canceled on your own… And sometimes you yourself really want to relax, relieve stress after a hard day, sudden grief, or celebrate a joyful event.
Attention. The maximum daily dose of moonshine without harm to health: 30 ml for women and 50 ml for men!
How to check for quality?
- The best advice – you need it yourself, and go through all the stages – from the selection of raw materials to the purification of the final product only independently.
- It has been proven: if the raw materials are of high quality, the water is soft, then the moonshine is tasty, no odor characteristic of booze.
- In part, this is already a pointer to acceptable quality, but I want to be sure of it.
- Here are the methods for determining quality at home:
- Smell and appreciate transparency… An unpleasant pungent smell, fusel color should immediately alert.
- To tasteholding it in your mouth. Bitterness and hardness indicate two points: the presence of a large amount of fusel oils, the use of low-quality raw materials for the mash.
- Set fire with a match moonshine collected in a spoon. The flame should be even and burn for a long time. If the flame trembles, flares up, goes out, then this alcohol is dangerous to drink.
- Check cold… Put in the freezer for 3 hours. If the moonshine is frozen, it should be thrown away or. The appearance of ice crystals in the dishes should also be alerted. At a temperature of -25C (this is the average temperature in modern freezers), moonshine of acceptable quality, as well, does not freeze.
- Weigh… It is good to do this with electronic scales, which are not uncommon in home kitchens. First place a 1 liter measuring cup on the scale, then turn on the scale, it will show “0”. Now fill in the moonshine to the measure of 1 liter. The scale should read 953g. Deviations of more than 5 g indicate poor distillate quality.
The Ultimate Guide to Calories in Liquor
The calories in liquor vary depending on alcohol content and other ingredients.
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We're all for happy hour cocktails, but the phrase “too much of a good thing” exists for a reason. Or, in this case, two reasons.
First, it's important to know how much alcohol is too much. Adults of legal drinking age can choose to either not drink at all or to drink in moderation by limiting intake to one drink per day for adults assigned female at birth and two drinks per day for adults assigned male at birth, per the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Next, consider how many calories are in liquors. If you exceed these recommendations, the extra liquor calories could lead to weight gain, according to the Stony Brook University Renaissance School of Medicine.
Also, keep in mind that drinking straight liquor may cause your blood sugar to drop. Your liver makes new glucose (sugar) in between meals and while you sleep, then sends it into your bloodstream where it can prevent or slow down a low blood sugar reaction, per Johns Hopkins Medicine.
But drinking alcohol disrupts this process. When alcohol breaks down in the liver, substances form and block the liver from making new glucose — which can cause your blood sugar to become too low if you have diabetes.
Alcohol doesn't vary much by type in terms of calories, though liqueurs (which are sweetened) tend to be higher in calories than liquors, as you can see from the calories in liquor list below.
|Rum (80 proof)||64.7||97|
|Whiskey (80 proof)||64.7||97|
|Vodka (80 proof)||64.7||97|
|Gin (80 proof)||64.7||97|
|Tequila (80 proof)||64.7||97|
|Brandy (80 proof)||64.7||97|
Source: USDA, U.S. National Library of Medicine
For context, a standard drink is 14 grams of pure alcohol, per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is generally the amount found in:
Calories in Bourbon | Can Drinking Whiskey Help You Lose Weight?
If you’re celebrating with a drink after a race or going out for happy hour after a tough ride, you might not think twice about how many calories are in your go-to drink. But it turns out there are less calories in bourbon than some wines or beers. Here’s why a neat glass of bourbon might be a good choice to add to your postride drink list.
What is bourbon and how many calories does it have?
First things first, what’s the difference between bourbon and whiskey? Well, all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon.
There are a few things that set bourbon apart: According to government regulations, bourbon must be made in the U.S.
from a fermented mash of 51 percent corn that’s distilled at no more than 160 proof, stored at no more than 125 proof in new, charred oak barrels, aged for a minimum of two years, and free from additives.
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Now, onto the nutritional facts: A 1.5-ounce shot of bourbon contains about 97 calories and 0g of carbs (of course, it becomes less healthy if you start mixing it with sodas and sugary mixers). A 16-ounce pint of beer contains about 170 calories and 15 grams of carbs (which isn’t bad if you’re refueling after a hard ride).
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Low-carb proponents have been recommending the switch from beer to bourbon for years. But making the switch isn’t the only health-conscious decision you have to make. You should also consider how much beer you drink—or used to drink—and, of course, how much of whatever alternative you consume instead.
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Follow these tips if you want to make the switch from beer to bourbon:
1. You need to sip and savor
If you’re accustomed to tossing back a couple of pints, you may find yourself under the table in a hurry if you slurp down your spirits with equal gusto.
Pacing yourself when drinking something with a higher alcohol-by-volume (ABV) percentage is important.
Kaiser Permanente Washington recommends not having more than one alcoholic drink in an hour, and drinking something non-alcoholic—such as water, juice, or soda—in the meantime. Plus, the more bourbons you drink, the more you up your calorie intake.
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2. Your body will burn the booze first
No carbs and fewer calories do not equal a free pass, cautions nutritional scientist Stacy Sims, Ph.D., because your body treats alcohol differently than food. “In order for it to be eliminated from your system, it has to be metabolized.
The liver takes the bulk of the job, but some residual hangs out and your body uses it first instead of burning carbs or fat, so it interferes with normal metabolism,” she explains.
“It also has a greater caloric load per gram than carbohydrates—7 calories per gram versus 4 calories for carbs. Moderation is still the key.”
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When picking your poison, clearer spirits have the least impact on your metabolism, says Sims. “They are metabolized faster than anything else and have minimal sugar and sulfites so you don’t get the same insulin response that promotes fat storage as you do with more sugary drinks,” she says. “So best to swap beer for a clear spirit cocktail with a very low sugar mixer or a whiskey neat.”
4. Alcohol drops inhibitions and increases appetite
“Drinking dims your appetite satiety signals,” says Sims. That means you may feel hungry and eat more if you drink too much. In the end, there’s no magic to the matrix, it’s all a matter of not just making healthier choices, but also sticking to them. So while opting for the calories in bourbon over beer might be smart, you still have to make sure you don’t drink too much of it, too.
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Selene Yeager is a top-selling professional health and fitness writer who lives what she writes as a NASM certified personal trainer, USA Cycling certified coach, Pn1 certified nutrition coach, pro licensed off road racer, and All-American Ironman triathlete.
14 Liquors With The Highest Calories
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At 190 proof (95 percent alcohol), this super-strong booze clocks in with 285 calories per 1.5-ounce shot.
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Schnapps are only about 30 proof (15 percent alcohol) but because sugar is added to the mixture, they pack 195 calories in a single shot.
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Because it contains almost 11 grams of sugar per ounce, a shot of 60 proof triple sec equals 225 calories.
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Crème de Menthe
Taking a shot of 72 proof creme de menthe will cost you 187 calories.
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This rum is overproof, containing 75 percent alcohol, so it packs a punch with 185 calories in a shot.
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