Best Apple Pie Moonshine

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4.78 from 352 votes
This easy Apple Pie Moonshine recipe is an incredibly delicious cocktail. It's always the hit of the party and everyone goes crazy for this easy moonshine recipe.  Plus, you  won't believe how easy it is to make!  
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
best apple pie moonshine recipe

This easy Apple Pie Moonshine recipe is an incredibly delicious cocktail. It’s always the hit of the party and everyone goes crazy for this easy moonshine recipe.  Plus, you  won’t believe how easy it is to make!

apple pie moonshine in a glass jar sitting in a brown paper bag

Why This Apple Pie Moonshine Recipe Works

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This Apple Pie Moonshine recipe is crazy good!  It goes down very easy but really packs a punch.  It’s a really easy recipe that doesn’t require a moonshine still or any complicated steps.  This is really a flavored moonshine recipe.

If you’ve ever wondered how to make moonshine, you can see how to make moonshine here – the old fashioned way, using a still.

This moonshine recipe is a flavored moonshine recipe.  It uses grain alcohol that you purchase so it’s  fairly simple to make.

Make sure, though, you make it a few weeks before you plan to drink it.  It needs time to sit and mellow out before you can enjoy it.

I usually make several batches at one time.  The hardest part is finding the grain alcohol.  I use an entire bottle of 190 proof Everclear for each batch.

190 proof grain alcohol can be hard to find.  Some states don’t sell it.  If you can’t find it, you can easily use a lower proof (151 proof grain alcohol is much easier to find) vodka or moonshine purchased from a liquor store.

This stuff is VERY potent, but oh, so good!

This is truly the best Apple Pie Moonshine recipe you will ever try.   Remember to let it sit and mellow, though.   If you try this moonshine too soon, it’s like drinking rocket fuel.  Or, at least I’m assuming that’s what rocket fuel would taste like.  I’ve never really tried it.

apple pie moonshine in a glass jar sitting in a brown paper bag

Expert Tips for Making Apple Pie Moonshine Recipe

  • Use a very large stock pot to make Apple Pie Moonshine cocktail recipe.  Sometimes I even divide the ingredients between my two largest stock pots.
  • You can use any size canning jars that you have to store this Apple Pie Moonshine Everclear.  You aren’t going to do the entire canning process.  Just fill the jars and make sure they are tightly sealed.
  • Before sealing the jars place a new cinnamon stick in each jar – don’t reuse the cinnamon sticks you strained out.
  • When you make Apple Pie Moonshine recipe, make sure you store the jars in a cool, dark place to mellow out for a few weeks before enjoying them.
  • There may be some sediment from the cinnamon stick in the jar – simple strain it through cheesecloth.
  • Make sure you enjoy this cocktail responsibly.

apple pie moonshine in a glass jar with a lid sitting in a brown paper bag

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best apple pie moonshine recipe

Best Apple Pie Moonshine Recipe

4.8 from 352 votes
This easy Apple Pie Moonshine recipe is an incredibly delicious cocktail. It's always the hit of the party and everyone goes crazy for this easy moonshine recipe.  Plus, you  won't believe how easy it is to make!  
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Servings: 6 quarts
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 64 oz apple juice
  • 64 oz apple cider
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 14 cinnamon sticks divided
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 750 ml 190 proof Everclear grain alcohol or the highest proof vodka you can find

Instructions

  • Bring the apple juice, cider, sugar, nutmeg, ground cinnamon and 8 cinnamon sticks to a boil.
  • Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  • Add alcohol to mixture. **CAUTION: Do not add alcohol near a flame or heat source. It is highly flammable. Make sure mixture is completely cooled before adding alcohol.
  • Strain the cinnamon sticks out and pour into jars.
  • Divide remaining 6 cinnamon sticks among jars.
  • Place lids on jars and allow to sit in a cool, dry place for 8 weeks before enjoying.
  • Please enjoy responsibly.

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Expert Tips

  • Use a very large stock pot to make Apple Pie Moonshine cocktail recipe.  Sometimes I even divide the ingredients between my two largest stock pots.
  • You can use any size canning jars that you have to store this Apple Pie Moonshine Everclear.  You aren't going to do the entire canning process.  Just fill the jars and make sure they are tightly sealed.
  • Before sealing the jars place a new cinnamon stick in each jar - don't reuse the cinnamon sticks you strained out.
  • When you make Apple Pie Moonshine recipe, make sure you store the jars in a cool, dark place to mellow out for a few weeks before enjoying them.
  • There may be some sediment from the cinnamon stick in the jar - simple strain it through cheesecloth.
  • Make sure you enjoy this cocktail responsibly.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 106g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 100g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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278 thoughts on “Best Apple Pie Moonshine”

  1. I’ve made this 3 yrs in a row. Everyone waits for their Christmas moonshine. I do add 1/2 bottle of of Whipped Cream Vodka for each batch, It’s a great add. Have two batches cooling right now.

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  2. Do I have to let my apple cider ferment?
    My husband is telling me to let the apple cider ferment and then make it using your recipe but I’ve never had fermented cider and I’ve never made moonshine

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  3. In the video you use a 1 gallon container of apple cider but the recipe only calls for 1/2 gallon. Would it hurt to use a gallon you think? And then maybe 1/2 gallon apple juice?
    Thanks!

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    • Use the measurements that are in the recipe card and you will be fine. The link is in the video bio or on the website.

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  4. So far, I can say it is very easy to make this recipe and it made the house smell great as it was simmering. One question though, does anyone know the shelf life of the final product?

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  5. 5 stars
    Verclearis stuff Is great, I have bumped it up in that the last batch I did had a half bottle is apple crown royal in it and the apple slices for muching. The batch I’m doing now is the samebut with Apple captin morgan rum. Well see. Ohhh wally world sells the 190 everclear for 15 bucks

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  6. 5 stars
    This stuff Is great, I have bumped it up in that the last batch I did had a half bottle is apple crown royal in it and the apple slices for muching. The batch I’m doing now is the samebut with Apple captin morgan rum. Well see.

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  7. I’m confused by video directions vs. written directions. In the video you use the cinnamon sticks that were boiled and simmered for an hour. In the written directions and expert tips it states to not do that and to strain it, and use a fresh cinnamon stick in each jar. Which is it? Video directions or written directions?

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    • The recipe calls for 190 proof alcohol which is quite strong. You need to let it sit and mellow for at least 8 weeks before enjoying. If you use a lesser proof alcohol, you don’t have to wait as long.

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  8. Has anybody tried using brown sugar instead of just white sugar? Also I saw Vanilla being asked about in previous comments. When would that be added in and how much?

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    • I have never made it with either brown sugar or vanilla. The brown sugar would definitely change the taste due to the molasses.

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  9. I love this recipe! My friend made it for an outdoors Halloween party and served it warm out of a crock pot! Soooo good. <3 I've made this recipe for two years now, but I have a question. What's the shelf life for these? I found some I made in December at the bottom of the pantry and everything in me says throw it away, but it's been sealed the whole time. Just wondering!

    Thanks!

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  10. Just to clarify for a rookie – do I ONLY need to make sure the jars/lids are clean before filling with the moonshine? Or do they need to be boiled/sterilized as though I was canning jelly/jam?

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  11. 5 stars
    I am making applepie moonshine for my wedding in August. I have read so many articles that say to seal the mason jar lid and also articles that say you do not have to. I have made two large batches so far and have run out of room in my fridge. Has anyone sealed the mason jar lid? What temperature do jars need to be kept at if not refrigerated?

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