Apple Pie Moonshine

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The ultimate fall indulgence awaits! 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. Raise your mugs to the perfect autumn cocktail.

Mason jar filled with 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 handmade gift for friends, family, and neighbors, whatever the occasion. It’s one of my favorite fall cocktail recipes.

One of the reasons people adore making apple cider moonshine is its strong association with fall and winter. As the leaves change colors and the air turns crisper, this spirited concoction becomes a symbol of seasonal celebration and joyous gatherings. Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Halloween, or a cozy winter evening by the fire, Apple Cider Moonshine sets the perfect mood for memorable moments.

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

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This Apple Pie Moonshine is the epitome of simplicity, with easy-to-find ingredients and straightforward steps. No need to be an expert mixologist; even a kitchen newbie can whip up this liquid perfection effortlessly.
  • The combination of fresh apples, warm spices, and a hint of cinnamon in this moonshine recipe creates a symphony of tastes that dance on your palate. It’s like a party for your taste buds, and everyone’s invited!
  • One of the best things about this recipe is its versatility. You can adjust the sweetness, tweak the spices, or even add a personal twist by experimenting with different types of apples. It’s an excellent opportunity to showcase your creativity and tailor the moonshine to your liking.
  • Looking for a thoughtful gift for a friend or a party host? Look no further! Pour this delectable moonshine into a charming mason jar, tie a ribbon around it, and voilà – you have a heartfelt present that will leave a lasting impression.

Apple Cider Moonshine is a beloved seasonal drink that brings together the best of both worlds – the familiar taste of apple cider and the spirited kick of moonshine. People adore making and sharing it due to its delightful flavors, ease of preparation, and the joy it brings to any occasion. If you’re looking to create a memorable and heartwarming drink that captures the essence of the season, this apple cider moonshine recipe is undoubtedly the best choice!

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Ingredients

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:

how to make homemade apple pie moonshine
Mason jar filled with homemade moonshine

How to Make

I’ll walk you through the steps for making flavor-packed apple pie moonshine below. I’ve also provided a full ingredient list and detailed instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. 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.
  2. Cover the pot with a lid and reduce heat. Simmer for one hour. Remove the pot from heat and allow the mixture to cool.
DIY moonshine with vodka and everclear
adding brown sugar to homemade liquor
  1. 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.
  2. This 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. The longer it sits, the better it gets.
Pouring DIY apple moonshine into mason jars for storage.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

Let’s dive into some useful tips and tricks to ensure that your Apple Pie Moonshine turns out absolutely fabulous. These pointers will not only help you create a stellar batch but also add a personal touch to your recipe. So, let’s get started:

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  • Experiment with Spices: While cinnamon is a classic spice for Apple Pie Moonshine, don’t hesitate to get creative with other spices too. Nutmeg, allspice, or a touch of cloves can add depth and complexity to the flavor. Remember, a pinch of the unexpected can elevate your moonshine to new heights.
  • Sweeten to Taste: While the recipe may provide a suggested amount of sugar, remember that sweetness preferences vary. Start with the suggested quantity, and after a day or two of infusing, give it a taste. If you prefer a sweeter moonshine, you can add a bit more sugar at this point. Go slowly and make sure not to overpower the apple and spice flavors.
  • Get Creative with Presentation: Don’t forget to have fun with the presentation. Consider adding a cinnamon stick or a slice of apple to each serving glass for an extra touch of charm. Personalized labels or tags can also make your homemade moonshine an eye-catching and memorable gift.

Embrace the process and enjoy experimenting until you find the perfect balance of flavors that suits your taste. Cheers to your beautiful and delicious creations!

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.

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.

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 shotglasses filled with 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.

Shot glasses of diy 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.

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Apple Pie Moonshine

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!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall, moonshine, apple pie, apple pie moonshine
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 10 quarts
Calories: 128kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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

Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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      1. I use 190 proof. Never had any issue with mold or bacterial growth or illness, and I let this sit on the shelf for up to a year at a time. Flavor gets better with time.

  1. Hi and thanks for this recipe! It looks amazing and I’m excited to make/give as gifts. I’m kind of a newbie when it comes to making alcohol-related recipes and am wondering if this has a shelf life? Does it need to be refrigerated, and if so, for how long will it last? Thanks 🙂

    1. I’ve been making this stuff for years. Instead of vodka I replace that volume with butter shots and hot damn cinnamon liquor. I’m thinking about trying it with whipped cream vodka and Sinfire next time. Tis the season!

  2. I’ve been debating making this for a while & decided to ‘brew’ some up for New Year’s Eve gifts (hey, 2020 seems a great NYE to stay home & enjoy).
    I first tried a different recipe/version but the cinnamon flavor was too overpowering & I tossed it. Used yours for my 2nd try (but only used 3 cinnamon sticks) and it is wonderful!! Several friends have tried it out already – they couldn’t wait – and it is a hit!! Thank you😊

    1. You’re welcome to try this recipe anyway you’d like. This is how I make it. If you don’t mind less-sweet feel free to cut some of the sugar. I don’t think it’s all “necessary”, but it will impact the flavor.

      xo Michael

      1. Hi Michael! I just noticed the above poster’s comment about using vanilla vodka instead of caramel. I didn’t see caramel vodka listed as an ingredient in the recipe. Is that supposed to be included somewhere?

        I’m going to be making this for the first time and want to make sure I don’t leave anything out.

        Thanks!

      2. No, it’s just regular vodka. I must have been confused when I responded back. No caramel or vanilla vodka, just use regular.

        xo Michael

  3. I just made this over the weekend. It tastes fantastic. We could only find 151 proof, so we used that plus some spiced rum. When we bottled it, we put half an apple in each mason jar as well, then put it in the freezer. I checked it the next day and all the mason jars were frozen. Does this mean we did something wrong or that it’s not going to be good?

      1. I used the exact recipe, and stirred the pot each time before putting in the mason jars. Mine froze as well. Flavor is great though.

  4. I accidentally made a batch but added everything together upfront, meaning the alcohol and apple juice was never separated. It didn’t boil, but will it still be safe to drink?

  5. Made this without the vodka. I could only get my hands on Everclear 151, but everyone loves it! Some of the people I gave it to said they did add their own vodka and loved the taste of that. Someone even added whiskey and liked it! haha. Great tasting mixure and easy to make. Going to try to get my hands on 190 for my next batch.

  6. This is like the fifth batch we have made, I love this recipe we make it a couple times a year because our friends steal a couple jars ever time we go to visit them. In each state we visit.

  7. Hi all,

    Looking to make this, but don’t have access to Everclear here in Australia. Best i can manage to get is 80 proof.
    Has anyone made this recipe with 80 proof, if so, did you just add more of it? I’m thinking of 2 bottles of 80 proof vodka instead of 1 bottle of Everclear?

    Also, I am concerned about shelflife. How long would this last in a cupboard or fridge?

    Thanks Mike.

  8. Just wondering i made this recipe and put cinnamon stick in and sealed it,when i opened it and poured a few drinks after a while it turned green .Can you tell us what we did wrong ,thank you .

  9. I’ve been making this for the last 5 years as a christmas gift for all of my friends. Needless to say, when the holidays season arrives, everybody starts bugging me about when, and if I’m gonna make it. Lol Tasty little suggestion that I like to do, as I’m canning the moonshine,(I use the canning jars because they seal as it cools down), but I add one cinnamon stick, and top it off with a shot of fireball. It’s been a hit on my end ever since!! Great post. Happy holidays. ENJOY RESPONSIBLY! Peace