Apple Pie Moonshine

Apple Pie Moonshine

So Apple Pie Moonshine – I kept seeing photos of it, and I kept thinking about making it and finally, I made the leap. If Apple Pie Moonshine hasn’t been on your radar, read on my friend. This is a delish adult beverage that’s going to be fantastic at any fall/winter outing, tailgate or football party or bonfire or maybe even Thanksgiving or after you rake leaves, or at the cabin or on that ski or snowmobile trip. Well, serve it anytime. You get the idea!

Apple Pie Moonshine

Apple Pie Moonshine


Oh, btw, serve your Apple Pie Moonshine shine in good old-fashioned Mason Jars if you have them. Really, it’s only fitting, lol! Of course, decanting it into a glass gallon jug or growler only adds to the experience! Just sayin’…

About Apple Pie Moonshine:

When I wanted to make my Apple Pie Moonshine, first I had to get some Everclear. Yeah, Everclear. I try to stay away from that stuff. Something to do with a Scorpions concert at Red Rocks when I was a kid. As a matter of fact, Everclear usually doesn’t even enter my head at all. But there’s no danger here because I fiddled and faddled and formulated this Apple Pie Moonshine carefully so your glassful is only going to be about 12 percent alcohol, a little more than a beer but right along the lines of a mixed cocktail. It’s a fine line. You want enough alcohol to preserve but not so much it’s gonna knock your socks off.

But now that I think about it, there might still be a little danger because this stuff tastes sooooo good! I mean c’mon. The name along sings like a Siren’s song. If Apple Pie Moonshine doesn’t make you think of crisp fall nights in a moonlit wood, living just under the radar, I don’t know what would. And then there’s the Apple Pie part of Apple Pie Moonshine. You know it HAS to be good. That comes from the Spiced Rum. And cinnamon, clove, and allspice. Num! Serve over ice or slightly warm, maybe in your Slow Cooker. I did some little cocktails, too, that I didn’t take a pic of, the warm Apple Pie Moonshine in mugs with a little whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

There is one important thing to know about Apple Pie Moonshine. When it’s first made, it’s a little rough. Don’t taste it and toss it! It mellows with time. Ideally, mellow it for at least two weeks. Magic happens, if you can wait and just gets better and better! If you forget about your Apple Pie Moonshine and leave it for a couple months in the back of a dark cupboard, it’s like !x^^#$@?(****#%!!! good!

By the way, if you make it this week, you can serve it to your Thanksgiving guests while everyone’s watching the game. Just sayin’. A touch of this would be great in the whipping cream on an apple or pumpkin pie!

Apple Pie Moonshine

Apple Pie Moonshine

Making Apple Pie Moonshine:

My recipe doesn’t make as much as some Apple Pie Moonshine recipes out there. I was really after a bottle for us and a bottle for a gift, and this makes a little over two quarts, but double or triple it, it’s not a big deal. It’s just as easy to make more, and next time I make this I will!

In most recipes, Apple Pie Moonshine takes hours to make (admittedly that’s mostly sitting around time) and a huge pot because the apple cider is heated in order to dissolve the sugar and it has to be cooled before the hooch is added (primarily to preserve the alcohol content.) Maybe that’s not a deal breaker if you’re just making a small amount, but it’s a hassle and there’s no need for it.

I’m smarter than that – we’ll just heat up a little of the cider and dissolve the sugar, then transfer it to a big pitcher or pot and dump in the remainder of the cider. Then add alcohol. Easy peasy. Easy as pie. Easy as Apple Pie, lol! So there you go: hours shaved off the prep, which might or might not matter since ideally, you’ll want this to sit around and mellow for anyway.

Now some people filter their Apple Pie Moonshine and some don’t. Here’s what I found works best. Don’t initially filter, but after the mellowing process, filter it. See, it looks fine non filtered when it’s first made, and I’m all for the easy route and actually like bits and pieces in my cider but it separates and becomes very unattractive after sitting around when it’s not filtered. Even after filtering, there will likely be a bit of sediment, but a little is ok, a lot really doesn’t drink well. Filter twice through a coffee filter for best results or through cloth or cheesecloth. Heck, run it through your Britta if you want to give that a try.

Saving Money on Apple Pie Moonshine:

This is best made seasonally when the best Apple Cider is readily available but still works with plain old grocery store Cider. Sign up for email alerts from your liquor store and buy that stuff on sale. March is generally a great time to find most alcohols on sale and of course, any holidays generate great sale prices on various items.

I gotta say, I was a little whoo-hoo after my sampling, lol! A little happier than normal. Which is better than being more normally than happy. I think. Cheers!

Apple Pie Moonshine

Apple Pie Moonshine

Apple Pie Moonshine

  • Servings: abt 2.5 qt
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/2 gallon (2 quarts) apple cider, preferably cold, divided
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 long or 4 small sticks of cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 allspice berries
  • 1 1/2 cups Everclear, 190 proof
  • 1 cup Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum

In a medium saucepan, add two cups of apple cider, the sugar and spices, and heat over medium heat, stirring now and then until sugar is dissolved.

Remove from heat and pour into a large pitcher. (The pitcher will need to hold more than 1/2 gallon.) Add the remainder of the cider and stir. If the cider is cold, the mixture should be cool by now so add the alcohol, if not wait until it reaches room temperature to add the alcohols.

Pour into containers for storage, preferably glass, adding a piece of cinnamon, a clove and an allspice berry to each. Store for two weeks to mellow the Apple Pie Moonshine, then filter, preferably twice, through a coffee filter. If there is no coffee filter available, try a thin cloth or multiple layers of cheesecloth.

Store at least two weeks in a dark, cool place; keeps indefinitely and just gets better with more time.

Serve slightly warm or chilled over ice.


  • There may be some foamy like substance floating on the top of the pitcher. It can be skimmed off if desired, but it dissolves right back into the cider in a day or so.
  • This batch wasn’t strained initially, but later the sediment was on the bottom and was very unattractive in taste and texture. It took two straining and there was still a minute amount of sediment that settled later.
  • This recipe comes out to a little over 12 percent alcohol, about the same as a Rum & Coke. A serving is 5 ounces.


I’ll be sharing Apple Pie Moonshine on our very own Throwback Thursday Link Party as well as on Fiesta Friday. The co-hosts are Margy @ La Petite Casserole and Suzanne @ apuginthekitchen. It wouldn’t be Saturday without linking up at Saucy Saturdays blog hop!

This easy Apple Pie Moonshine tastes divine, especially in a Mason Jar! It's carefully formulated with just the right amount of hooch so no worries about it knocking your socks off. Make it a bit ahead - it gets better and better with time! #ApplePieMoonshine

40 thoughts on “Apple Pie Moonshine

    • I’ve never been to Oklahoma, but I love travelling to rural places – maybe because I’m a “talker” and love meeting people from all over! Glad I brought up some good memories!!

  1. Just in time for Thanksgiving Mollie! Sounds like a fun drink around the table after dinner… (with pie as you said!!). Are you cooking for Thanksgiving? Hosting? Hope it’s a great time with your family/friends. xox

    • I remember back in college we used to make a fake Kahlua, so I might have to see if I can modernize that old recipe a bit to use up the rest of that everclear! This is perfect for fall, though.

  2. Ooooh, now I’m thirsty! It has been a while since we had something like this and my husband would really love it if I made some. It would be perfect for Thanksgiving!

  3. Lol… did you figure out the 12% before or after the drink or two? Regardless… it sounds curiously interesting, I’d never heard of this before.

    • Lol – during!! But I checked it twice just to make sure. 🙂 I’m a real lightweight when it comes to drinking and it doesn’t take much – plus combine alcohol and sugar and I’m bouncing off the walls. Funny thing, I’d almost rather cook or bake with booze than drink it!

      • ok…. so I will believe your calculations, haha… I am the same… I’d much rather cook with it than drink it… just the aroma that it gives off when heated is delectable.

  4. Everclear used to be 95% in Iowa, but due to some alcohol poisoning cases, the government made them reduce it to 75.6%.. Not sure if this is the case in any other state, but we can’t get it at full strength. I found this out working in the pharmacy lab where we used Everclear for several compounded products. I’m sure whatever the content, this would be delish!

  5. Sounds tasty. Rum, cinnamon, etc. I’ll need to pick up the all spice berries as I only have ground all spice in the pantry. I wonder how much of my dad’s ‘moonshine’ I have in that small carafe I rescued from their cottage. I could give it a try. 🙂

    PS: My brother thinks there are some LARGE containers in their pole barn. It’s been 6 yrs since my dad passed away. It must be pretty potent by now.

      • It’s been 6 (and 4 years) respectively, since they passed away and sometimes it’s still hard to believe that they’re gone.

        My brother inherited the land and he and his family live there in a house they built. At one time, my dad had plans to start a vineyard and began planting grapes. However, he and my mom were just too old to do the work required. They raised chickens for the eggs and meat and had a small truck farm from which they sold a few vegetables and fruit by the roadside. There’s even a very small greenhouse though I’ve never been inside so I have no idea what they grew in there. The pole barn was put up by my brother and my dad stored some of his things in there.

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