Lavish Libations Series: The Moon-shining!


Okay, you’ve been here before.  We are watching a movie and having a drink to make it legit!  If you are new to this, click Libations to see more.  This time, we are exploring a horror movie, The Shining, to imbibe with.  Horror is not my usual repertoire, but since it’s the season, I saw the reason.

The recipe called for Moonshine, but we were unable to find it.  We kind of adapted and made our own concoction to our liking.  We did use rum, to coincide with the “Red Rum” theme, but we added some other things to call it our own.

We also made our version on the lighter side,  so we called it a “Skinny Moon-Shining.”IMG_1207.JPG

I found these eyeball and finger candies at Target.  I wanted a blood-like substance going down the side of the glass, so I added red food coloring to corn syrup and drizzled around the glass.  The original recipe also called for the drink to be on ice, but we instead  put everything in a shaker and poured into a martini glass for a more aesthetic appeal.IMG_1215.JPGIMG_1221.JPGIMG_1222.JPGIMG_1223.JPG


(makes one drink)

2 ounces of Light 50 Ruby Red Juice

2 ounces Light Rum

1/4 ounces light agave syrup

juice of 1 lime

Put ice in a cocktail shaker. Add ingredients and shake 20 times.  Pour into a martini glass.


1/8 cup light corn syrup

several drops of red food coloring

Put a martini glass over a small plate.  Mix corn syrup and food coloring in a small bowl, preferably with a pouring lip.  Pour syrup around martini glass slowly so that the syrup oozes down the sides to appear like blood.


Now for the movie…. Apparently, this movie was based liberally in 1980 on Stephen King’s novel. Stephen did not like the director’s, Stanley Kubrick’s, rendition.

After watching the movie, I was confused.  So, I googled interpretations.  And, this helped me.

Stanley Kubrick is famous for Space Odyssey, Clockwork Orange, and Full Metal Jacket.  He actually died six days after showing his final cut of Eyes Wide Shut, with Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise.

The little boy apparently did not realize he was featured in a horror film.  He just thought he was filming a movie about a hotel.  He became fast friends with then British twin girls, not knowing they were the creepy ghosts in the hotel.  It wasn’t until he was a teenager, when watching the movie, did he realize he was cast in a horror movie.

The movie starts with some eery music and continues throughout.  Being new to the horror scene, I never had nightmares nor hid behind Rourke.  I was more intrigued with interpreting this film than anything.

I hope you try our Halloween-themed movie/drink night in…






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