Pumpkin Pie Moonshine

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Pumpkin Pie Moonshine is everything to love about fall in moonshine form.  It is warm and comforting and perfect for the cool days of fall.

If you like the taste of pumpkin pie then this incredible fall drink is wonder for Thanksgiving or any time you want a warm sip on a cold day. Truly it is one of the best flavors for moonshine.

A mason jar of pumpkin moonshine.

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More About Pumpkin Pie Moonshine

This pumpkin pie moonshine is so good it is dangerous. It is very smooth and full of flavor it goes down super easy so be careful. Canned pumpkin makes it so easy to make with a pinch of spices.

When making this diy moonshine make sure you factor in the time required for it to sit and mellow. Otherwise it may be to strong for your guests to consume.

Why This Pumpkin Pie Moonshine Recipe is a Keeper

Fall is the time for the excitement of autumnal colors, perfect for Halloween, Jack-O lantern and a wonderful fall inspired adult beverage. You might also like this Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini.

There are always so many questions on making your own moonshine, therefore I have made a guide that answers the most frequently asked questions:Flavored Moonshine Ultimate Guide.

  • 20 Minutes: You can make it in no time at all, just remember that you have to wait to enjoy it.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry and taste like pumpkin pie without the crust.
  • Adaptable: Can change up the spices to reflect your taste. Make an apple pie recipe for more pie flavors.
  • Makes Great Gifts: This is the perfect gift for a fall party or as a fall wedding favor. Mix with wine so it isnt as strong or search the internet for other great recipes.

If you’re looking for more moonshine inspired recipes, try these Easy Apple Pie Moonshine, Best Peach Moonshine and Cranberry Moonshine. We also love this Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini.

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Does this have to be canned?

A close up on the jar.

No, due to the high alcohol content, it is not necessary to can and seal the drink. However, you will have to keep in a cool, dry place. But it is important to remember that there is a warning:

GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems.

Ingredient Notes for Pumpkin Moonshine

Pumpkin Puree, dark brown sugar and apple cider.
  • Apple Cider: The apple cider is best but you can use apple juice if you can not find cider. The fermentation makes adds to the sweetness making it better than regular apple juice.
  • Pumpkin Puree: Not pumpkin pie filling, the true puree.
  • Dark Brown Sugar: You can use light brown sugar but the dark just gives that extra deep, rich flavor. You need 2 and 1/2 cups.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice: The perfect blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger and cloves. Make your own or store bought.
  • Grain Alcohol:  190 proof grain alcohol, Everclear Grain Alcohol is the brand that I use.
  • Whipped Cream Vodka: This is the cream on top of the pie, it gives a smooth cream flavor to the pumpkin moonshine.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

Variations and Substitutions to Make Pumpkin Pie Everclear Shine

You can mix up all the spices and flavors to make a wonderful blend of this cocktail.

  • Add Spices Separately: If you do not have pumpkin pie spice you can make your own blend with ground cloves, cinnamon and allspice, etc. Modifications can be made to amounts to make it special.
  • Refrigerate: This moonshine is shelf stable but after you open the jar you can fridge.
  • Variation: Try using different flavors of vodka such as the Pinnacle flavors. And of course, it is best to make it ahead of time so it has time to mellow and blend. If you don’t see your favorite kind, experiment with what is on the rack.

How to Make Pumpkin Pie Flavored Moonshine

These are the basic steps for making Everclear Moonshine. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutritional facts, the alcohol content will vary based upon the ingredients that you use.

STEP 1: Mix

First, in a large stock pot, combine pumpkin puree, one gallon apple cider, the dark brown sugar and the spices and then simmer until all ingredients combine, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

STEP 2: Add

Next, add grain alcohol and vodka to cooled mixture. Line a funnel with several layers of cheesecloth. Ladle moonshine through the funnel into clean mason jars, leaving a 1/2 inch head. You want to filter out any remaining solids. (Cheese cloth may need to be changed after 1-2 jars)

STEP 3: Pour Mixture into Mason Jar and Let it sit.

Finally, place lids on jars and allow to sit in refrigerator for 1 month before enjoying.

Recipe FAQs for Pumpkin Pie Shine

There are many cocktails and other drinks that you can make with this moonshine. I have compiled a book of 50 Incredible Moonshine Cocktail Recipes for you to try. You can add it to the blender with your favorite mixers.

This is why we recommend straining through the cheesecloth. Really, it is not necessary to strain at all. The spices will not hurt you. Shake up your jar and serve or strain again through a coffee filter or cheese cloth.

A cocktail made with the pumpkin moonshine.

Expert Tips for Making This Whiskey and Vodka Moonshine Recipe

Why buy ole smoky pumpkin pie liquor when you can make your own unique blend with some of these great tips and tricks.

  • Add Different Spices: You are making this so add what you like, cinnamon sticks or different spices.
  • Grain Alcohol: Everclear 191 may not be available in your area. 151 can be used or just use another whisky or whatever you like to drink. If it is not as strong, there is no need to wait.
  • Variation tip: Use a hint of vanilla and regular vodka if whipped cram vodka is not available.
  • Bottles: Store or present any clean bottle or quart jars that you like as long as they close tightly. There is no need to can this alcohol.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: The base can be cooked in the slow cooker or crock pot if you prefer.

What to Serve with Flavored Moonshine  / More Pumpkin Everclear Moonshine Recipes

A mason jar of pumpkin moonshine.
4.77 from 43 votes

Pumpkin Pie Moonshine

Yield: 6 QUARTS
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Pumpkin Pie Moonshine is everything to love about fall in moonshine form. Truly it is one of the best flavors for moonshine. It is warm and comforting and perfect for the cool days of fall.
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Ingredients

  • 1 gallon Apple cider
  • 29 ounces Pumpkin puree, 1 can
  • 2 ½ cups Dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups 190 proof grain alcohol
  • 2 cups Whipped cream vodka
  • 6 teaspoons Pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  • In a large stock pot, combine all of the ingredients EXCEPT the grain alcohol and vodka.
  • Simmer until all ingredients combine, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  • Add grain alcohol and vodka to cooled mixture.
  • Line a funnel with several layers of cheese cloth.
  • Ladle moonshine through the funnel into clean mason jars, leaving a 1/2 inch head. You want to filter out any remaining solids. (Cheese cloth may need to be changed after 1-2 jars)
  • Place lids on jars and allow to sit in refrigerator for 1 month before enjoying.
  • Please enjoy responsibly.

Expert Tips

  • Add Different Spices: You are making this so add what you like, cinnamon sticks or different spices.
  • Grain Alcohol: Everclear 191 may not be available in your area. 151 can be used or just use another whisky or whatever you like to drink. If it is not as strong, there is no need to wait.
  • Variation tip: Use a little vanilla and regular vodka if whipped cram vodka is not available.
  • Bottles: Store or present any clean bottle or jars that you like as long as they close tightly. There is no need to can this alcohol.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: The base can be cooked in the slow cooker or crock pot if you prefer.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 1017kcal | Carbohydrates: 163g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 779mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 149g | Vitamin A: 735IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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Cuisine: American

39 thoughts on “Pumpkin Pie Moonshine”

  1. 4 stars
    Definitely was a hit at Christmas!! It did take me a bit of time to strain the purée out as I filtered back and forth between pots, 3 times. A tad sweet but everyone still enjoyed. I did put aside all the purée and added a tablespoon in each jar after filling them and another shot of the Grain alcohol. Super easy to make but as any recipe tweak to your likings! I was also able to find Pumpkin Pie Spice apple cider at my local Walmart which I substituted for the regular apple cider. The taste was one point.

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  2. Made a few modifications. I doubled the size as I’m giving to people at work and friends. I added just under a gallon of apple juice to the mixture before boiling. And added a lot more alcohol. 2 liters of 153 proof grain alcohol and 750ml of dr.mcgillicuddy’s raw vanilla. Going to let it chill until Christmas and we’ll see how hot it is. Thanks for your recipes.

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  3. 5 stars
    I made this about a year ago and still have a half gallon left. I did not strain and also stored in a dark cool place. Do you think this is still edible?

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  4. Mine turned out with lots of sediment in the bottom and seems very thick. The cheese cloth just seems to get clogged every time I try to filter it in a Mason jar. Any thoughts?

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    • Unfortunately, that’s the best way I’ve found to strain it. I just change my cheese cloth after every few ladles full. It is a very thick mixture.

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  5. Can I just use 4 teaspoons of mccormick’s pumpkin pie spice instead of doing the cinnamon and nutmeg and ginger and all separately? Just curious. Thanks!!

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  6. 3 stars
    I’m sorry to say that, although very potent, we found this to be just way too sweet. Admittedly, we only had 8 days to let it sit before we started trying to strain it, but I don’t see how sitting longer would affect the sweetness of this. It was as also very hard to strain. I don’t think I’ll be using this recipe again, but people did like it.

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  7. The recipe says 2 cups of each liquor but the paragraph says a full bottle of each. Which one is it? I used 1 gallon of cider

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  8. Wondering about the apple cider. What I find are jugs that have an expiration date. The expiration date is only about 20 days. How do use use this when is has to set for at least a month?

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    • That is fine to use. The alcohol content in the Everclear is very strong and it will help preserve the cider portion.

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    • 5 stars
      Hi. The expiration date on apple cider is because it will begin to ferment due to natural yeast on the apples when it was made. Since alcohol kills off yeast the Everclear will stop that fermentation process and you will be able to keep the finished cordial for however long it takes you to drink it. 🙂

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    • I was able to find it at a military PX. I know some states don’t carry it (PA is one of them). There is a variety of Everclear available at my local liquor store that is not as strong. That will also work in this recipe. You could also substitute vodka for the grain alcohol. I believe Pinnacle makes the Whipped Cream Vodka.

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      • 5 stars
        PA does carry Everclear, I just bought a huge bottle of it and made lemon drop, strawberry, and peach cobbler moonshine just today. 6-24-17. I will be making this moonshine come fall, the recipe looks awesome!

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          • Yup, just picked up some 190 proof Everclear in South Carolina, in PA we can only get the 151 proof, which works just fine. Will be making this recipe with the 190 proof, cant wait to try this.

  9. I have made several variations of pie in the past. I have never stored mine in the fridge due to separation in the past. Are you recommending it the fridge simply due to the pumpkin? How do you think think it would hold up on a shelf in a cool room?

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    • Yes, I keep it in the fridge because of the pumpkin. I have never tried to keep it in a cool cellar. If you do, please let me know how you make out 🙂

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  10. I made this about 3 weeks ago, and it still has the same amount of sediment in the bottom as it did when I first made it. Am I supposed to be shaking the jars? Or, is it just always going to need to be shaken first? I kinda thought everything would dissolve before the month was up.. I’m dieing to crack one open, but I followed the recipe up to now, so what’s one more week..

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    • I was thinking the same thing about mine. There is a lot of “sediment”. I think it needs to be strained through cheese cloth. The original recipe didn’t call for it but I’m going to adjust mine. I hope this helps you 🙂

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    • 5 stars
      I make lemoncello on occasion and in order to prevent the separation I have to boil everything together…. Not sure the same principle applies here…

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    • 5 stars
      Hello, I am a homebrewer. What I do when I have sediment is called racking off. Let the brew sit until all the sediment settles to the bottom. You then use a siphon hose to remove the clear liquid on top leaving most of the sediment behind. It may not be perfectly clear but you can then filter through cheesecloth or if clear enough even a coffee filter. It takes time but will produce a much clearer liqueur or cordial. Any sediment left will not hurt your drinking experience.

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