-- Moonshine is all the rage this summer.
For decades this un-aged whiskey was the forbidden fruit of outlaws and bandits. But now, with loosened liquor laws, jars of moonshine are stocked on store shelves and you can order a moonshine cocktail at big chain restaurants including Applebee's and Buffalo Wild Wings.
Dutch's Spirits president and co-founder Ariel Schlein stopped by "Real Biz With Rebecca Jarvis" to talk about how moonshine is making a comeback and how he is on the forefront of the trend. Schlein is rebuilding a historic farm in upstate New York once run by iconic mobster and bootlegger Dutch Schultz during Prohibition era.
Almost a century later, New York state law is making it possible to distill whiskey at a lower cost, so long as distillers buy at least half of their raw materials from New York.
Dutch's Spirits distillery is listed on the state and national registers of historic places and will re-open the doors of its hidden bunkers as a Prohibition museum this fall.
While in the studio, Ariel Schlein revealed how to make a "Moonshine Mojito."
Here's the recipe:
Moonshine Mojito Mix
Created by abc cocina, NYC
2 oz. Dutch’s Sugar Wash Moonshine
10 mint leaves
2 lime wedges
1 tbsp. Sugar
Muddle mint, lime and sugar in a pint glass. Combine with shaker full of ice and moonshine. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds and pour into a highball glass. Top off with club soda.