Appalachian Watermelon Moonshine Recipe

Summertime Moonshine Cocktail Recipes From The Vegan Party Guy

Summertime Cocktail Recipes Using Moonshine!

It’s that time of the year when people want to eat healthier and get together with friends as we enjoy the warmer weather! In this segment of The Organic View, best-selling author, John Schlimm talks to June Stoyer about his tips for enjoying easy to make summer cocktails! He is also going to talk about his new book, Moonshine: A Celebration of America’s Original Rebel Spirit which teaches you how to make amazing moonshine recipes! Please press play to listen to the interview.

Moonshine Monkey Recipe

For sunny backyard parties or holidays year-round, this pineapple-infused moonshine, amaretto, and rum punch will inspire your wild side to let the good times roll.

Moonshine Monkey - Photo by Amy Beadle Roth


  • 8 ounces moonshine 
  • 5 ounces amaretto
  • 5 ounces Rum
  • 24 ounces Ginger ale
  • 12 ounces orange juice
  • 12 ounces pineapple juice
  • Ice

Directions: In a large punch bowl, combine all the ingredients, stirring well. Serve chilled in Mason jars.


For the best flavor, use all USA grown certified organic fruit juice such as Uncle Matt’s Organic orange juice!

Try experimenting with moonshine brands to see what you prefer! Here are some of the top brands:

  • Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine
  • Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash #1
  • Silver Lightning Moonshine
  • Hudson New York Corn Whiskey
  • White Pike Whiskey
  • Troy And Sons Platinum
  • Dark Corner Distillery Moonshine
  • Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine

Yields: 12 to 15 cocktails. Enjoy!

Appalachian Watermelon Martini Recipe by John Schlimm

No, you don’t have to travel to enjoy the sweet taste of country living! In this easy to make recipe, the key ingredient is watermelon-infused moonshine! 

Appalachian Watermelon Martini Recipe

A few rounds of these watermelon, pineapple, and moonshine martinis will spike your fun with family and friends to all new heights.

Watermelon Martini - Photo by Amy Beadle Roth


  • 5 ounces store-bought or freshly blended (seeds removed) watermelon juice
  • 2 ounces unflavored or watermelon-infused moonshine or plain moonshine
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • Watermelon cubes and fresh or frozen berries of choice (for garnishing)

Directions: In a shaker filled with ice, combine all the ingredients, except the garnishes, shaking. Strain the cocktail into a Mason jar. Add the watermelon cubes and berries on skewers or as floating garnishes.

Yields: 1 cocktail.

Moonshine: A Celebration of America’s Original Rebel Spirit 

His newest book is MOONSHINE: A Celebration of America’s Original Rebel Spirit. John’s other books include the Christopher Award-winning memoir Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life’s Greatest Questions; Stand Up!: 75 Young Activists Who Rock the World, And How You Can, Too!; and a series of plant-based cookbooks, including The Tipsy Vegan, Grilling Vegan Style, The Cheesy Vegan, and The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour. 

John has traveled the country speaking about inspirational/motivational topics, cooking and entertaining, his artwork, and public relations, including his university commencement address titled “The Road to YES is Paved with Many NOs” and his “Embrace Compassion, Change the World” keynote address on Capitol Hill. He also has appeared on such national media outlets as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, NPR, Martha Stewart Living’s Everyday Food, The Splendid Table, QVC, EWTN’s The World Over, and Fox & Friends. 

Moonshine: A Celebration of America's Original Rebel Spirit

Click this image to get your copy of Moonshine!

John’s essays and other writings have been widely published, including at The Huffington Post and as an “Architect of Change” for 

John also recently installed his participatory art piece THE SMILE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD (is yours) at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, following debut installations in Canada and Washington, D.C.

One thought on “Summertime Moonshine Cocktail Recipes From The Vegan Party Guy

  1. Amazing Cocktail Recipe even the way you elaborate everything step by step is looking like that juice is make in front of me and its looking mouthwatering even once my friend ask to <a href="[Link deleted]My Finance Dissertation but I’m feeling thirsty then I ask her to make a cocktail juice for me but they make very bad now I’m going to share that with her.

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