Apple Pie Moonshine

This Apple Pie Moonshine is an easy recipe you can make at home. It’s full of crisp apple and seasonal spice flavor. Serve it for special occasions or present it as gifts to friends and family. Either way, you’ll enjoy this delicious and flavorful recipe.

Apple Pie Moonshine |

Party-Ready Apple Pie Moonshine

This homemade apple pie moonshine recipe comes from my sister-in-law, Missy. She’s been making this moonshine for the past couple of years. I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought to share it with you sooner.

It’s become a tradition of sorts for us to have a sip during the holidays and on special occasions. It also makes a unique gift for friends, family, and neighbors, whatever the occasion.

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Pouring homemade moonshine into tiny mason jar shot glasses
4 shot glasses next to a container of apple pie moonshine

What is Moonshine?

Real moonshine is a homemade high-proof liquor. It is usually used to describe alcohol that is made illegally. In fact, that is where the name comes from – making alcohol by the light of the moon during Prohibition (when the government isn’t watching).

That is not what my recipe is. Nope, I created what tastes as strong as moonshine. Instead of distilling my own alcohol, I used Everclear. This drink really does taste as strong as some of the drinks you might find in the mountains.

If you’ve never had apple pie moonshine, I must warn you that it’s as dangerous as it is delicious! This moonshine is made from 190 proof grain alcohol (Everclear), so it packs a punch. Given that it also tastes amazing, it’s best in moderation and should only be served by the shot.

Please enjoy responsibly.

Mason jars filled with homemade moonshine with apple flavor and cinnamon sticks

How to Make Apple Pie Moonshine

There are just a few simple ingredients in this super-strong drink. My recipe makes a big batch that you can serve at parties or hand out as gifts. Here is what I used:

To make the moonshine, simmer apple cider, apple juice, sugar, and seasonal spices for an hour to blend all the flavors together. (While the juice is cooking, check out my Friendsgiving playlist here.)

DIY moonshine with vodka and everclear
adding brown sugar to homemade liquor
how to make homemade apple pie moonshine

Once cooled, add the alcohol. Then the apple pie moonshine is ready to drink. It’s that simple. However, for best results, I recommend letting it sit in the refrigerator for about a month. The longer it sits, the better it gets.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some questions people often ask about apple pie moonshine. If you don’t see your question in this list, please leave it in the comments.

Mason jar shotglasses filled with moonshine

What type of alcohol should I use to make moonshine?

If your state doesn’t sell 190 proof grain alcohol (aka Everclear), you can substitute 150 proof or use more vodka.

Pouring DIY apple moonshine into mason jars for storage.

What are the best jars for apple pie moonshine?

I like to store the moonshine in full-size mason jars and seal them tightly with lids. This will help this mixed drink last longer.

Side note: For those wondering about my cute mason jar shot glasses you can find them HERE. Aren’t they adorable!?

Mason jar filled with homemade moonshine

How long does flavored moonshine last?

If you can seal it, this moonshine should last up to two years. Once opened, I’d say it will keep for about three months in the refrigerator.

However, I like to store mine in the freezer. They can last in the freezer for up to two years as well.

Does apple pie moonshine get stronger the longer it sits?

Yes, this drink really does get better with age. Place it in mason jars, seal it, and let it sit in the back of your refrigerator for about three weeks. You will notice a stronger flavor and aroma!

What proof should apple pie moonshine be?

There really isn’t a rule for how strong this drink should be – that is up to you. The grain alcohol with the vodka will make this a very strong drink. With all the apple juice and apple cider in it, the flavors are really well balanced, so the alcohol doesn’t burn as it goes down.

How do you make apple pie moonshine mash?

I have heard of people making homemade applesauce and then using this apple mash to flavor their moonshine mixed drinks. I have not personally tried it. If you do, please let me know how it turns out.

Should I freeze apple pie moonshine?

Yes, I think you should freeze the moonshine, especially if you won’t drink it all very soon. It will stay good in the freezer for up to two years. This is my favorite way to store alcohol.

Mason jar filled with apple pie moonshine

That’s a Wrap on Apple Pie Moonshine!

No matter how you make it, this moonshine is a delicious treat in small doses, and, as I said, it makes a special gift. You can grab the full recipe for this delicious apple pie moonshine recipe below.

Shot glasses of diy apple pie moonshine.

Thank you so much for joining me! I hope you like this apple pie moonshine recipe.

Cheers, my friends!


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Homemade Apple Pie Moonshine Recipe:

Apple Pie Moonshine

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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall, moonshine, apple pie, apple pie moonshine
Servings: 10 quarts
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
This Apple Pie Moonshine is an easy recipe you can make at home. Serve it for special occasions or present it as gifts to friends and family. Either way, you’ll enjoy this delicious and flavorful recipe!


  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 1 gallon apple juice
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 6 cinnamon sticks - plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle grain alcohol, 190 proof
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle vodka


  • In a large stock pot, combine the apple cider, apple juice, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and apple pie spice. Bring to almost a boil. Cover the pot with a lid and reduce heat. Simmer for one hour. Remove the pot from heat and allow the mixture to cool.
  • Once cool, remove the cinnamon sticks. Stir in the grain alcohol and vodka. Transfer the apple pie moonshine into sterilized quart jars or bottles and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
  • The Apple Pie Moonshine can be enjoyed immediately. However, for the best flavor, store in the jar with a lid in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks before drinking. Shake well before serving.


I did not seal these with a water bath. I simply stored them in my refrigerator. 
For long term storage, you can keep these in the freezer. They won’t ever fully freeze, but do leave room in the jar for expansion or store in a freeze friendly container. 
This recipe makes 10 quarts. Serving size is 4 ounces. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 104mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 0.2mg
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  • Brenda at

    What would spiced rum taste like instead of the vodka ?

    • Zekke at

      Really good. I sub a 750ml bottle of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum for the Vodka, and 2 cups of Sugar in the Raw for the 2 cups of white sugar. Gives it a bit of a Florida Pirate twist, great for drinking on the rocks while relaxing on an island.

      • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

        Nice! I love the change. I’ll have to give that a try!

        xo Michael

  • William Colon at

    I got blind using this and thankfully my seeing eye dog is helping me write this. Lol. I’m kidding. I love this and give it to friends every year and they love it. Thanks. I’m making it right now

  • Jasmine at

    About how much end liquid does this make? I need to make quite a bit, enough for about 35-40 pint size Mason jars. Suggestions?

    • Jasmine at

      Never mind I see it says 10 quarts

  • Stephen at

    Do you strain the liquid through cheese cloth or pantyhose? I have heard of people doing that

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Nope. I do not. There’s really nothing that needs strained out.

      xo Michael

  • Jimmy at

    Luckily I’m from the south so I got to use the real stuff the first time. Very, very good. Now I’m gonna cut half the vodka with Absolut Vanilla. I think the lady’s will like it a little better like that.

  • Kristen at

    Would water bath canning take out the alcohol content or change the flavour?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I wouldn’t think since it’s all contained. However, I really don’t need to water bath these. I just keep mine in the freezer.

      xo Michael

  • dawn at

    hello! i saw this recipe and thought hmmm i think i know what my co-workers are getting for xmas 🙂

    my question is what apple juice do you prefer when making it?? there are so many on the market…sugar free, all natural etc. i just want to make sure i use the best 🙂


  • Kevin at

    No one has gone blind from this??

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Lol. Nope. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • lalaine at

    I’ve never had moonshine before, this sounds like a very good flavor to try. Perfect for Fall.

  • Charity Beth Long at

    I’m a moonshine drinking, West Virginia girl so you know I’m making this!

  • Sabrina at

    What a fun tradition to start with my girlfriends! This sounds amazing!

  • Sandy at

    I’ve made this every fall since you’ve posted it. Just popping back in for the recipe to make up a batch for 2018. Thank you! -Sandy

  • Connie at

    Hi Michael,
    do you hot water bath the jars? if yes, how long is the shelf life? if you do this, do you strain before canning it? I want to make for gifts and gift baskets so I would like it done before hand.

    I have read to serve as a apple pie float with ice cream or whipped cream. have you tried it this way? sounds delicious!

    thank you,

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I haven’t “canned” them. I usually just store mine in the freezer for up to a year. However, I assume canning would work just fine and keep shelf stable for a year too. There’s really nothing to strain other than the cinnamon stick, but I like to leave that in there.

      And no, I haven’t had it as an apple pie float, but that sounds amazing! I may have to make another batch. Thanks!

      xo Michael

      • Travis S Carter at

        I brewed this and then was required to deploy so it sat in the Mason jars I put them in, inside my storage unit for about 4 months. It was wrapped in a dark heavy comforter so it would remain cool and in a dark place. I am glad to say upon my return they are still very good.

      • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

        So happy to hear that, Travis. It should last for a year. I keep mine in the freezer to last longer. Cheers!

        xo Michael

  • Tara at

    Do you leave a cinnamon stick in the jar when you close them up? Looking forward to making this! Thank you!

  • Peggy at

    Hi Michael. I made the Apple PIe Moonshine at Christmas to give to family members and it was a HUGE hit! I’m making another batch just to have on hand…. Can’t thank you (and Missy) enough. Happy New Year. I enjoy your blog.

  • Donna at

    I would love to try making this. I wonder if it would be okay to put it in wine bottles and cork them.

  • Nicole Kasprzyk at

    My mother-in-law makes this recipe and it is so delish! Thank you for sharing the link for those adorable shot glasses. I just ordered them and can’t wait to whip up a batch of this moonshine and serve it in these for a new Thanksgiving tradition!

  • Jaclyn at

    Ive been making this same recipe for years and it’s always a huge hit. However, The last time I made it I decided to substitute Hot Damn instead of vodka. Best decision ever!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Love that idea, Jaclyn! I’ll have to give that a try.

      xo Michael

      • Ryan O at

        I know this was years back, but did you ever end up trying the Hit Damn substitute? I was thinking instead of Vodka I may try some Fireball or possibly a spiced rum. I made your recipe tonight, and will try it in a few weeks. So thank you for the recipe! I have long been a huge fan of applepie moonshine, but its difficult to get the 190 proof everclear. I just grabbed a bottle when I was in Kansas for a few months though.

        My only variation was instead of the teaspoon of apple pie spice I used a pumpkin pie spice. It was an accident, but should still work great. Last part…have you tried anything like vanilla or almond extract, nutmeg, allspice or anything similar?

      • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

        I’ve only made the recipe as I’ve posted it here. I really love it the way it is, so I’m personally not looking to change it. However, other variations could be just as delicious. Cheers!

        xo Michael

      • Ryan O at

        Also….Any chance you have figured out the alcohol content in each jar percentage wise? I was asked tonight, and it made me curious. Its hard to judge based on using 750 ml of 190 proof everclear and a 750 ml bottle of 40% absolute vodka.

      • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

        I’m sorry, I really don’t have no idea how to calculate this. I just enjoy drinking it. Ha!

        xo Michael

      • grayhiker at

        This is my calculation…………..
        750 x .95 = 712.5 ml ethanol
        750 x .4 = 300 ml ethanol

        1012.5 ml ethanol in (750 + 750) ie 1500 ml total volume = 67.5% abv (alcohol by volume)
        this is equivalent to 135 proof

        further diluted with 7,570.82 ml (ie, 2 gal) of cider and juice

        in this case my calculation yields around 12% abv, about the same as wine. (24 proof).

        when you start with 1012.5 ml ethanol (from the grain alcohol + the vodka), this is all you get.
        all other non-alcoholic ingredients only serve to dilute what you start with.
        2 gal non-alcoholic contribution is a lot of dilution.
        if you want to increase the butt-kicking effect, cut back on the non-alcoholic contribution.

    • Sarah at

      I make 5+ gallons of this for multi day festivals and serve it to people as shots. Great recipe.
      I use everclear instead of Vodka. Some states 190 proof is sold,l (e.g. WI and NV where I make most of it) in some states (e.g. FL) only 150 proof is sold. Either way, a delightful concoction, loved by all.

  • Beks at

    I might need to make these for stocking stuffers for my extended family. Where can I get those little mason jar mugs? Do they come with lids?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      The mini mugs are linked above. They are technically shot glasses, so no lids.

      xo Michael

      • Kristina at

        Beks, you can get 2oz versions of these little mason jar shooters with lids on them on Amazon! Just search for “Mason Jar Shot Glasses with Lids” and there will be options. You can get then with or without handles. They usually come in a set of 8 for about $14.

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