Two Unique “Shots” Of The Big Apple! Moonshine And Oyster/Pickle Shots!

Welcome To The Big Apple – Home Of Moonshine!

Today’s adventure form New York City started in Central Park, walking around the massive reservoir and seeing the wild skinny skyscrapers to the south….and a walk much further south led me to a unique discovery!

That’s because a walk of two miles took us to New York’s terrific Union Square Farmers Market – and that led me to discover Moonshine!

“Full Moonshine” makes distilled liquors in Connecticut, and they bring it to the market where you can sample a jar for $4!

Pete’s Maple “80” and Apple Pie were purchased to sample later – but I had to try the Cranberry jar right then and there, and my wife Alex as always was ready to capture the test:

While there would be more enjoyment in slowly sipping them, because it was 40 proof, it was smooth and light, with a very distinct cranberry essence.

They were very good!

I haven’t been to New York since the pandemic, so these samples were new to me, but it’s another fun way to explore the city, and little did I know that “Shots” were going to be a part of my trip!

You see, later that night at dinner, I noted this on the menu…

That’s a shot of whiskey on the right, and an oyster sitting atop a small shot of pickle juice on the left…well, you know what happened:

The next night, we headed to the rooftop bar at The Peninsula Hotel on 55th and 5th Avenue, where the eater edge of the park is a nice view from the outside terrace…

Nice mixed drink for me, and Alex had one as well – and this was our view looking to the west from the terrace:

It was a perfect way to end a day, and a great view of New York’s newest trend:

The “Skinny-Scrapers!”

Some are ultra skinny, some have unique steps, and one looks like a Jenga game!

See them all here:

I have posted a number of “Hitch Hiking” segments on my blog, where I go on a cool hike and tie it to an Alfred Hitchcock film – like the thriller “Rear Window!”

Click here for a long walk in New York’s Central Park – in the shadow of these maxing “skinny-scrapers”:

All that walking made me hungry, so I ate at one of the New York’s most iconic restaurants!

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12 replies

  1. “I have to go lie down.” 🤣 That was hilarious. (only 40 proof)

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  2. Oh wow, what a fabulous day…that pickleback with oyster and bourbon is something I would love to try…one day maybe 🙂


  3. Oh, moonshine. Y’er talkin’ to a gal from West Virginia. I never had a shot of real moonshine, but Hubby did. Pow! My dad had many stories to tell. I must say that your view of the skyscrapers is fabulous!

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  4. You are such a brave soul! Your video was a hoot!

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  5. Even at 40%, that Cranberry Moonshine was a big slug, John!
    Pete’s Maple Moonshine is perfect for me. I love the taste of Maple syrup, and my name is Pete! At 80%, that is powerful stuff, but I would have had to buy some. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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