Forget Hot Chocolate: Warm Up with a Sweet-Tart Moonshine Cocktail

02/01/2016 at 04:18 PM ET


Think you can only get the perfect moonshine cocktail once in a blue moon? Now, you can make one at home — if you can legally buy moonshine in your state, of course.

Patti and David from Discovery Channel’s Moonshiners made a specialty cocktail called the “Blue Moon…shine.” (See what they did there?)

The Louisiana father-daughter duo were experimenting with oranges and moonshine one summer day and came up with a sweet-tart combo that made a tasty, albeit potent, cocktail.

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“It’s the perfect breezy, sweet drink with a hint of tart from the ‘shine,” Patti tells PEOPLE.

The docuseries, which airs Tuesdays at 9/8C, explores the lives of people carrying on the traditions of their moonshine-making ancestors. And what better way to watch the show (or do anything) than with an ice-cold moonshine cocktail? Get their recipe below.

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The Blue Moon…shine
¼ cup fresh or frozen blueberries (“to make it more sweet and less acidic”)
¼ fresh orange juice
1 1/2 oz. moonshine
1 oz. simple syrup
1/2 cup of seltzer

Shake first three ingredients, then add simple syrup and seltzer.

—Blake Bakkila, @bcbakkila

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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