How to Make Apple Pie Moonshine That Will Keep You Warm

Looking for an original hostess gift or signature cocktail for your crisp-weather gatherings? Don't waste time sifting through numerous apple pie moonshine recipes—the best one is right here. Fair warning: It packs a punch!

A few years ago, I was introduced to apple pie moonshine. I had never had anything quite so smooth, sweet and surprisingly potent! After researching varying versions of this holiday treat, I went to work on developing my own.

The spices and sugars make this liqueur a crowd favorite. I recommend whenever possible to use fresh ingredients for this delicious apple pie moonshine recipe. Check out the local farmers market and orchards for fresh cider, juice and spices.

What Is Moonshine?

Moonshine is a homemade, high-proof whiskey that’s usually made from distilled corn. Originating during the prohibition era, this drink was historically illegal and often made during the nighttime, hence the name “moonshine.” While this recipe uses the term “moonshine,” it isn’t a technically defined moonshine and instead uses juices and alcohol as its mixture and has a lower alcohol content compared to the original drink.

Apple Pie Moonshine Recipe

Ingredients For Apple Pie Moonshine Jennifer Schwarzkopf/Taste of Home


  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1/2 gallon of apple cider
  • 1/2 gallon of apple juice
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups vanilla vodka
  • 2-1/2 cups 190 proof grain alcohol, such as Everclear


Step 1: Mix and bring to a boil

Mix the first six ingredients in a large stainless steel stock pot (5.5 quarts or larger) and bring to a boil.

Step 2: Let it simmer

Reduce heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.

Step 3: Cool down

Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

Step 4: Add liquor

Once completely cooled, add the liquors and stir well.

Step 5: Bottle the moonshine

When you’re ready to bottle the liqueur, stir again, pour into bottles and seal tightly.

Step 6: Refrigerate and enjoy!

Refrigerate liqueur until you are ready to serve.

How to Serve Apple Pie Moonshine

You can serve this decadent cordial straight or on the rocks. Feel free to have fun garnishing your drink with a cinnamon stick, a couple of whole cloves, a slice of your favorite type of apple (learn how you can keep apples from browning), or even a lightly sugared rim. A safe recommendation is to pour up to three ounces per serving, however, if you subscribe to the bigger is better mantra, add a few ice cubes to lessen the punch (and potential pain in the morning). Cheers!

Making and Storing Apple Pie Moonshine in Advance

Like most things, the longer this apple pie moonshine recipe sits, the better it gets. So, if you can, give it a few days before serving, but make sure to drink it up within about three months. With the holidays coming and lots of company visiting, that shouldn’t be too difficult!

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Jennifer Schwarzkopf
Half Chilean, half Irish descent and all joie de vivre, I'm a food writer/photographer who loves to share stories about different cultures and the magic that is sharing a meal together. When not doing that, you'll find me working on my culinary degree, hanging with family & friends, and just trying to "live deep and suck out all the marrow of life." Salud!