Homemade Apple Pie Moonshine

Here is my recipe for homemade apple pie moonshine. I researched the process and checked out a few different recipes and home brews to come up with this small batch recipe.

Homemade Apple Pie Moonshine

Apple Pie Moonshine Recipe

1 qt apple juice (32 oz)
1 qt apple cider (32 oz)
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of white sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
1 fifth of cheap 100 proof vodka
3 qt jars and lids

In a large pot, combine juices, sugars, and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil as you stir occasionally. Once at a boil, remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, add vodka and stir well.

Pour into sterilized Mason jars with one cinnamon stick in each jar. Store in a cool, dry and dark place for at least a month.

Makes 3 quarts.

After 3 weeks in dark cool storage, I had to test my moonshine. I served it over ice, and it was delicious. It has a good mixture of spicy, sweet apple flavor with a refreshing taste. Overall I’m thrilled with my very tasty homemade moonshine.

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18 Responses to “Homemade Apple Pie Moonshine”

  1. February 6, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

    Does the apple cider contain alcohol or is it non alcholic

    • Cindy February 9, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

      Molsndry – Yes it contains alcohol. The whole batch has a fifth of vodka used in the recipe.

      • February 17, 2014 at 7:49 am #

        But is the cider called for in the recipe alcoholic or not? Such as, say, an Angry Orchard or rather the kind in the juice aisle?

        • Cindy February 17, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

          Amber – It’s just regular apple cider on the juice aisle. The only alcohol is from the vodka. Hope this helps. Email me back if you have further questions.

  2. June 11, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    I belive she may have been confused. if she was British apple cider is an alcoholic beverage. I am not certain myself what non alcoholic apple cider is. But I am sure google will set me straight. Looks good stuff 🙂

    • June 18, 2014 at 11:59 am #

      Sam is correct,
      If you are British, All cider is alcoholic. typically anywhere between 3%-8% but can be stronger.
      otherwise its just apple juice.

    • February 21, 2018 at 4:59 am #

      Amoroso’s Christmas Apple Pie.

      Ingredients :
      * 1 gallon shine
      * 1/2 gallon of Captain Morgan 100 proof spiced rum
      * 1/5 cinnamon whisky
      * 1 1/2 gallon of apple cider (kind with lots of pulp)
      * 1 1/2 gallon of apple juice
      * 2 cup of white sugar
      * 2 cup of brown sugar
      * 5 cinnamon sticks
      * 5 cloves
      * 2 table spoons of apple pie spice

      * Boil sugars with cider and juice with spices and sticks, LET COOL then mix in copious amounts of alcohol.
      * apples slices and a cinnamon stick in each mason jar
      * Will make about 5 gallons of apple pie
      * For the left overs- fill jar with apple slices and shine a cinnamon stick and clove or two
      * Let set for a few weeks if possible

      • Cindy February 24, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

        Thanks George for sharing your recipe. It looks like it would taste amazing.

  3. October 7, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    How long is the shelf life if not open

    • Cindy October 7, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

      Jim – I still have some from this original batch and it’s fine. Tastes okay and stored good in my dark pantry.

  4. April 25, 2015 at 11:43 pm #

    Hi there, I’m enjoying your site so very much. I just discovered you and can’t stop reading. On the juice and cider, did you use all natural no sugar added or can I use cheap store brand whatever? Also did you seal the jars in a canning method or simply screw on the lids and store? Thank you very much for all the info ! Can’t wait to try this.

    • Cindy April 26, 2015 at 10:28 am #

      Hello PK – I just used some inexpensive apple cider that did contain sugar and was not organic. I just put the lid and ring on the jar and tightened it by hand. You do not need to process the jars in a canner for this drink. I still have a jar or two of this batch in my basement which has kept fairly well.

      I am so glad you enjoyed my blog here and if you are into crafting you can check out my other blog MyRecycledBags for more projects and ideas. Best wishes and thanks for visiting.

  5. October 5, 2015 at 6:11 am #

    I wonder how this would go in my cocktail dispenser made by these guys here: http://www.thebeergiraffe.com/en/what-is-a-beer-tower/

    • Cindy November 3, 2015 at 11:11 am #

      @Dragos- I think it would be great in that dispenser!

  6. December 13, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

    What if you added some everclear to this also?

    • Cindy December 30, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

      Russ – you could use Everclear but be careful with the amount. The alcohol content in my recipe is just 100 proof and most Everclear is 190 proof. Unless you really want to have your moonshine pack a punch, I would cut the amount of booze used in half if you use Everclear.

  7. October 14, 2018 at 11:21 am #

    I have a large hard plastic bucket, can I let it age in the bucket? or must I use mason jars

    • Cindy October 14, 2018 at 6:04 pm #

      A bucket will work too. I just like glass jars and the Mason jars are just cool to use also.

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