Best Apple Pie Moonshine

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4.84 from 513 votes
This Apple Pie Moonshine recipe is crazy good!  It goes down very easy but really packs a punch.  It's a very easy recipe that doesn't require a moonshine still or any complicated steps.  This is really a flavored moonshine recipe
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Apple pie moonshine in a mason jar wrapped in a paper bag.

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

Apple pie moonshine in a mason jar wrapped in  a paper bag.

The Apple Pie Moonshine recipe is an incredibly delicious cocktail. It’s always the hit of the party and everyone goes crazy for these apple pie moonshine cocktail drinks.  Plus, you  won’t believe how easy it is to make! Just make sure that you give yourself enough time.

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What We Love About This Recipe for Apple Pie Moonshine

This is truly the best Homemade Apple Pie Moonshine recipe you will ever try. It is like liquid apple pie.  Remember to let it sit and mellow, though as high-proof grain alcohol is used.   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.

  • Quick Prep It takes only a few minutes to prepare and about an hour to cook.
  • Rest: Will take 8 weeks to mellow and blend.
  • Adaptable: Can make it so many different versions.
  • Makes Great Gifts: A wonderful Christmas gift for the holiday season, Wedding Favor or party gift if they enjoy an adult beverage.
Apple pie moonshine in a sealed jar.

Ingredient Notes

  • 64 oz Apple Juice – Any variety that you have on hand or enjoy drinking.
  • 64 oz Apple Cider– A fall staple but now you can find year round in most gourmet sections of supermarkets.
  • Sugar– White sugar is used in this recipe but you can use brown sugar if you prefer.
  • Cinnamon Sticks- Provides a warmth to this apple pie moonshine drink.
  • 750 ml 190 proof Everclear grain alcohol or the highest proof vodka you can find: Everclear is best, 190 proof is preferred but 151 is also great to use. Whatever you can find at your local liquor stores.

Equipment Needed for Moonshine Apple Pie Recipe

How to Make Apple Pie Moonshine

These are the basic steps for making Apple Pie Moonshine Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: Cook

First, in a large pot, bring the apple juice, cider, sugar, nutmeg, ground cinnamon and 8 cinnamon sticks to a boil, stir and then cover and simmer for 1 hour.Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

STEP 2: Alcohol

Next, 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.

STEP 3: STRAIN AND JAR

Strain the cinnamon sticks out and pour into jars.Divide remaining 6 cinnamon sticks among jars. Finally, place lids on jars and allow to sit to blend and mellow in a dry place for 8 weeks before enjoying.

Prep and Storage Tips for this Apple Pie Moonshine Cocktail

Here are a few tips and helpful suggestions see all the information in the Flavored Moonshine Ultimate Guide.

DO YOU HAVE TO WAIT THE 8 WEEKS?

The reason that the recipe recommends the eight weeks is to allow it to mellow, 191 proof Everclear is very strong. If you are using a strong vodka or Everclear 151 then you do not have to wait the 8 weeks to enjoy.

HOW TO STORE THIS BEVERAGE RECIPE

Refrigeration is not necessary. Just a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. Even after opening, refrigeration is not necessary due to the high alcohol content. However, you can use the refrigerator if you want to serve it cold.

HOW TO MAKE MY OWN MOONSHINE

If your goal is to make your own moonshine from a still and not this easy apple pie drink recipe, then here is a great website that will give you access to stills and all the equipment that you will need to purchase.

WHAT TO MAKE WITH YOUR APPLE PIE MOONSHINE

Now you have this amazing homemade moonshine, what do you do with it? This apple pie moonshine drink can be enjoyed hot or cold. Mix it with soda or juices, liquor such as vanilla vodka, whiskey or rum or make some fabulous cocktails.

Frequently Asked Questions About Apple Pie Moonshine

SUGAR SUBSTITUTE?

You can make Apple Pie Moonshine with the white sugar listed below in the recipe card, brown sugar or a combination of the two. Certainly you can use less sugar or a sugar substitute if you prefer.

CAN I ADD ADDITIONAL ITEMS?

Of course, you can add apple slices to the recipe, some even add whipped cream vodka, fireball or other vanilla bean.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, this recipe can be adjusted as you need it for your get together. Make the number of batches that you need.

WHY IS MY MOONSHINE CLOUDY?

This can happen from the spices, or sometimes sediment in your sider. You can strain it through cheesecloth or shake it before serving to guests.

IS CANNING NECESSARY?

No, there is no need to can this recipe. Just make sure that your jars and lids are completely clean. Make sure that the lids are applied tightly.

Close up on a jar of apple pie moonshine.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Add Less Cinnamon: Not a fan of cinnamon, there is no need to add the cinnamon sticks to the moonshine recipe.
  • Apple Cider: Feel free to make your own if you have a good recipe.
  • Alcohol Content: It is difficult to calculate as it depends on the brands that you utilize. However, for general purposes it is about 30 proof with an ABV of around 15 percent. (This is just an estimate only, please do not come at me in the comments)
  • Jars: 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, even gallon size can be used, perfect for holiday parties.
  • Time: The eight weeks is a guide, as the alcohol content is very high. If you like strong spirits with a kick or use a less strong proof then you can drink before the 8 weeks. Please drink responsibly.

What to Serve with Drinks with Apple Pie Moonshine

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Apple pie moonshine in a mason jar wrapped in a paper bag.
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Best Apple Pie Moonshine Recipe

Yield: 6 quarts
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
This Apple Pie Moonshine recipe is crazy good!  It goes down very easy but really packs a punch.  It's a very easy recipe that doesn't require a moonshine still or any complicated steps.  This is really a flavored moonshine recipe
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Ingredients

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

  • Add Less Cinnamon: Not a fan of cinnamon, there is no need to add the cinnamon sticks to the moonshine recipe.
  • Apple Cider: Feel free to make your own if you have a good recipe.
  • Alcohol Content: It is difficult to calculate as it depends on the brands that you utilize. However, for general purposes it is about 30 proof with an ABV of around 15 percent. (This is just an estimate only, please do not come at me in the comments)
  • Jars: 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.
  • Time: The eight weeks is a guide, as the alcohol content is very high. If you like strong spirits or use a less strong proof then you can drink before the 8 weeks. Please drink 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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Course: Beverages and Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple moonshine, cocktail, moonshine

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344 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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  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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