apple pie moonshine

How to Make Homemade Apple Pie Moonshine


Get ready to 'shine on around a campfire with this apple pie moonshine recipe.

Here's a recipe you are going to want to share with your friends and hope they make some of their own. Maybe then they'll stop asking you for a jar every season once they see how it tastes!

Before we get into this great recipe, I feel I need to set the record straight. This isn't actually real moonshine made famous by the cooks of white lightning, tub thumper, corn squeezing or whatever you want to call the real thing.

What it is, though, is a high-proof mix of autumn-time deliciousness. This apple pie moonshine alternative is sure to please anyone of legal age to enjoy a taste.  It uses no apple pie spice, and yet you'd swear you're drinking a pie.

Be careful, though: this recipe makes a very smooth drink that tastes just a like liquid apple pie. You have been warned.

Apple Pie Moonshine


  • A 750-milliliter bottle of 190-proof Everclear or high-proof vodka if that's all you can get.
  • About 1 cup of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum (two cups tastes pretty good also... just saying).
  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 1 quart apple juice
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 10 cinnamon sticks
  • A large stock pot
  • Six mason jars (quart-sized)

This recipe comes together very quickly. Simply combine the cinnamon sticks, apple cider, and apple juice in the large pot. Bring it all to a mild simmer and add in the sugars.

Continue to stir slowly for about 5-10 minutes until all the sugar is dissolved. At that point, turn the heat off and allow the apple cider mixture to cool down to room temperature.

Allow it several hours to reach a lower temperature. If you add in the alcohol too soon, the higher temperature will evaporate some of the alcohol content.

Once the mixture is at room temperature, stir in the Everclear and one to two cups of rum.

At that point, you are ready to jar the apple pie moonshine in the mason jars. These make excellent Christmas gifts, hint hint! Don't be afraid to put a cinnamon stick in the jars either.

This is basically the greatest Christmas drink ever invented, and goes great with a few apple slices to munch on as well! The shelf life isn't much of a concern, because you'll drink it well before it goes bad!

As the apple pie moonshine ages, the cinnamon and sugar blends out the alcohol taste to an almost undetectable level. Again...YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

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Apple Pie Moonshine Essentials

1. Lodge Dutch Oven

Perfect for cooking up apple pie moonshine!

2. Mason Jars

Because what else would you drink moonshine from?

3. Mason Jar Dispenser

Keep the moonshine theme going with a Mason jar dispenser.