4.91 from 11 votes

Cranberry Moonshine

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Beverages and Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, cranberry, moonshine
Servings: 6 -7 quarts
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Christina Hitchcock


  • 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.
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