Cranberry Moonshine

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4.87 from 23 votes
A festive twist on a favorite, this cranberry moonshine is one of my favorite cocktails.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Cranberry Moonshine with twine around the jar.

This Cranberry Moonshine is one of my favorite cocktails!

Cranberry Moonshine – This cranberry moonshine recipe is my favorite cocktail

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I have been making flavored moonshine for quite a while now.  Apple and Peach are my favorites and Pumpkin Pie is very good too.

I thought Cranberry Moonshine would help keep me warm during the long, cold winter months.

Cranberry Moonshine – This cranberry moonshine recipe is my favorite cocktail

And, I couldn’t have been more right!  This homemade moonshine warms you up from the inside out. And, just like the other flavors I make, this Cranberry Moonshine was very popular when I served it to my family and friends this holiday.  Everyone was asking for the recipe.

This recipe is very easy to make.  Just be sure to factor in that you need to let it sit for a few weeks before you drink it.  It needs time to mellow out and become one with the cranberries.  Patience, friends.  It’s worth the wait.  I promise.

A word of warning…use caution when drinking this cocktail.  It is extremely potent.  It’s best to start with a small glass and sip it slowly.  It can hit you pretty hard.

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Cranberry Moonshine with twine around the jar.
4.87 from 23 votes

Cranberry Moonshine

Yield: 6 -7 quarts
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
A festive twist on a favorite, this cranberry moonshine is one of my favorite cocktails.
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  • 1 oz bottle cranberry juice, 64
  • 1 oz bottle apple cider, 64
  • 1 pound fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 - 7 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole nutmeg seeds, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 ml bottle grain alcohol, 750, I used 190 proof Everclear


  • In a large pot, bring juice, cranberries, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and cloves to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer until all of the cranberries have popped.
  • Remove from stove and pour mixture through a sieve lined with cheesecloth into another large pot.
  • Reserve 20 or so of the burst cranberries and the cinnamon sticks.
  • Allow mixture to cool to room temperature then add the grain alcohol.
  • **CAUTION: Do not add alcohol near a flame or heat source. It is highly flammable. Make sure mixture is completely cooled before adding alcohol.
  • Add 2-3 burst cranberries and a cinnamon stick to each mason jar.
  • Ladle moonshine into clean mason jars, leaving a 1/2 inch head.
  • Place lids on jars and allow to sit in a cool, dry place for 1 month before enjoying.
  • Please enjoy responsibly.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 70g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 10.5mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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Course: Beverages and Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, cranberry, moonshine

34 thoughts on “Cranberry Moonshine”

  1. If we used unpasteurized real apple cider in this recipe, do we need to run this through a cheese clothe to filter it again before serving it?

  2. Hey Christina-
    I have now made your apple pie, pumpkin and cranberry moonshine. Love them all!! Great gifts as well. Any idea about maybe a gingerbread moonshine for the holidays?

    • Honestly I have never tried it so I could not say if it would work or not, it is worth a try to see if it is something you would enjoy. Good Luck.

  3. Christina, we made 3 batches and ran out of the right sized jars for future distribution and ended up canning in 8 oz and 64 oz jars. Do we need to reheat the liquid before putting in new jars? Or are we better to leave them alone? We made both your cranberry and apple pie moonshine and are so very excited to try them in a few weeks. Thank you!

  4. I just made this and I’m
    so excited, I don’t know if I can wait a month to try it, Lol! The only thing is I followed the recipe exactly and only got 5 quarts instead of 6 or 7. I’ll keep you posted once the month is up on the taste and how potent it is! I used 151 Everclear!


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