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How to make the best apple pie moonshine

I’m not much of a drinker, but a friend of mine gave me a swig of this the other day and omg… it was so good I couldn’t even tell there was any alcohol in it… ummm yeah, dangerous, I know. But as sweet as it was it got me thinking about how it was made (besides tons of sugar and everclear) so I thought you might enjoy this one…

I’ve tried many recipes for making a fun and down-home party drinks, but this one is so good you’ll have to be very careful with it or it may disappear before it’s even finished “brewing”.

And not just that, but this should also come with a warning sticker like; “Beware – may cause serious drunken behavior”, because it tastes so good that you’d never know there was any alcohol in it.

You can use other clear liquors for this if you prefer, but then…. it wouldn’t be called apple pie moonshine if there weren’t any everclear (or moonshine) in the recipe right?

Ok, so here it is… the best apple pie moonshine recipe you’ll find anywhere. This recipe makes close to 1 and 1/2 gallons of apple pie moonshine, but the longer you cook it the more it reduces and makes a stronger end result.

mason jars (8 pints = 1 gallon )

  • 1/2 gallon apple juice
  • 1/2 gallon apple cider
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tbl. apple pie spice
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups everclear
  • 1 cup goldschlager
  • 1 cup butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 tbl. vanilla ext.

Add first six ingredients into a large pot on the stove and simmer for at least 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature, and remove cinnamon sticks. Then stir alcohol and vanilla ext. into cooled apple pie moonshine base. You can put the cinn. sticks into the mason jars before sealing if you want for a spicier flavor. Store for 2 weeks….or however long you can wait. It does get more potent with age, so make sure to label it carefully!


And please drink responsibly.


About Candice Collins

I love helping people heal themselves. Whether that's through body, mind, or spirit, we all need a helping hand sometimes. I'm also owner/formulator of Yellowstar Essentials custom natural beauty- home -and health products, also a database builder of a telcom auditing business, a freelance writer, an Aromatherapy enthusiast, and a part-time waitress. I just love life and way too many things to list them all here.


7 thoughts on “How to make the best apple pie moonshine

  1. Never heard of a recipe with any alcohol other than everclear in it, Interesting

    Posted by Stewie | December 1, 2012, 2:02 pm
  2. This is a great basic recipe. However, it only comes out to about 40 proof, or 20% alcohol. I wanted to crank up the ABV and lower the sugar, and instead used this:

    32 oz apple juice
    32 oz apple cider
    8 cinnamon sticks
    2 cups brown sugar
    2 bottles (est 50 oz./ 1500ml) 190 proof grain alcohol

    Result: Est 45% ABV/ 90 Proof Alcohol

    Boil juice, cider, cinnamon sticks for about 20 mins, stire in sugar. Let cool completely (first on counter, then covered in fridge), then add everclear.

    Made three (3) 32oz bottles- two to friends, one to age in cupboard.
    We used Ikea “EZ-Cap” 32oz bottles (4$/ea), and for decoration, we added wire ribbon “lipstick” – the pattern of classic picnic red/white cloth, and a product description tag attached with thin twine. They came out VERY nice.

    Due to the bottles being so large, I might put them in 1/2 pint (8oz) mason jars instead next time, and have many smaller gifts instead of a few large ones. We’ll cover the tops (before putting on the ring) with the same picnic-color fabric.

    Posted by R | March 25, 2013, 11:07 pm
  3. I cant wait to try your Candice, sounds good!

    Posted by mike | September 26, 2013, 5:16 am
  4. I have been makeining the wayStewie mentioned for years, the basic recipe, but have been looking for somthing a bit more original. I hope it turns out good!

    Posted by mike | September 26, 2013, 5:18 am
  5. I make this recipe with only adding the butter shots. My daughter and her boy friend looove it. They usually take 2 Large madon jars back to college with them. Lol. I guess it’s a hit she asked me to make more.

    Posted by Toni Schlader | October 26, 2013, 11:14 am
  6. Just finished making a batch! Couldn’t resist having a glass right away and it is amazing. One question though…Does it need to be refrigerated?

    Posted by Leslie S. | December 9, 2013, 6:58 pm

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