Apple Pie “Moonshine”

Let me start off by saying, this is not real moonshine!

In order for this to be true Apple Pie Moonshine it must be made with moonshine; however, for this recipe I use 190-proof Everclear which is a grain alcohol. Most of the Moonshine you will find for sale in liquor stores has been cut down 80-proof, so it would require that you use twice as much (about 2.5 liters) as the grain alcohol to achieve the same results.

Everclear comes in two strengths: 190-proof and 151-proof. In some states (like mine) you can only buy the 151-proof product.   Currently, 190-proof Everclear cannot be sold in California, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia; however, most of those states do sell the 151-proof options. Since the 190-proof is not sold in Michigan, we normally pick up one (okay, maybe two) bottles when we travel to Indiana to visit family.

This recipe will make approximately 9 quarts of Apple Pie Moonshine.   It sounds like a lot, I know!  The first time I made it I had to figure out exactly how many mason jars I would need since I was going to be canning it in different sized jars.  And trust me — I am not the greatest at math!  You could easily cut the recipe in half if you believe it is too much; however, if you can the drink in mason jars it will last indefinitely —  and by “can” I mean truly canning the jars.  If you have never canned before, here is a great starters guide!  Just follow the directions for the “Waterbath Canning” method.  I would NOT suggest only making half the recipe because you will find yourself turning around and making another batch within the same week or two.

Not only is this a great drink to enjoy for yourself, once it is jarred in a nice looking mason jar this makes the perfect gift!  We have given dozens of jars away — thank you gifts to friends who have helped us move or helped with household repairs, dog sitters, birthday gifts, and it is a great drink to enjoy on the golf course!!!

It is very true that you really cannot taste the alcohol! This stuff is amazing! So smooth and tasty! Just as a warning, this drink will sneak up on you, so please make sure you enjoy responsibly!

Apple Pie Moonshine

Apple Pie “Moonshine”
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1 Gallon Apple Cider
1 Gallon Apple Juice
3 Cups Sugar
8 Cinnamon Sticks
1 Liter Bottle 190 Proof Everclear, Moonshine or other Grain Alcohol

In an extremely large stock pot, combine the apple cider, apple juice, sugar and the cinnamon sticks. Bring the mixture to a boil and then remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool.

Once the mixture has cooled add in the liter of alcohol and stir.

Pour (or ladle) the mixture into mason jars. (You can either throw away the cinnamon sticks or add them to a few of the mason jars if you desire to.) You can drink the mixture immediately; however, it does get better after it has sat for a couple of weeks.

This will make approximately 9 quarts of Apple Pie “Moonshine”.

Source: Moonshine Heritage.

8 thoughts on “Apple Pie “Moonshine”

  1. I have never canned before but want to do it this way as I am giving them as Xmas gifts to friends, so how much headspace were you leaving in the jars? I see from the above comment you had in the water bath for 5 min….about how long after that does it take for the lids to “pop”?

    Also, my original idea for this was to place a mall piece of material between the band and the lid as a decorative thing like is shown here:

    But, if I remove the band, is the lid going to automatically pop, or do I have to physically lift it for it to pop? My concern is canning them and then breaking the seals.



    • Hi Toni!

      I fill my jars almost to the brim. I would say I leave about 1/4″ of space at the top left. The lids should seal and pop during the 5 minute water bath. Once you have them sealed do not break the seal until you and ready to drink it. There are two parts to the lids. First the lid with the seal and then the portion which screws onto the jar. You can go ahead and twist off the screwed on lids to add a piece paper or fabric to make it look pretty. It is the lid portion with the seal you will not want to remove or play with once sealed.

    • Hi Anna! I usually have my jars in the water bath for 5 minutes when I am sealing them. Make sure to read the instructions on the package of lids that you buy to make sure you are letting sit in there for the recommended time.

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