Apple Pie Moonshine


Let me start off by saying this is not really moonshine.

You may want to pull up a chair for this one.

I guess I better start from the beginning.

I was having lunch with several coworkers and one was talking about this drink he enjoyed this past weekend. He called it Apple Pie drink. He told me it had Everclear grain alcohol in it. The other coworker exclaimed that she had a friend that made it also and would text him for the recipe.

To make a long story short, the friend refused to share the recipe, but offered to make it for her any time.

This intrigued me.

So my quest for the recipe for Apple Pie drink began.

Let me also start off by saying I found it very hard to believe you could not taste the alcohol in this concoction. If you ever drank anything with grain alcohol in it, you know it is very hard to hide the fire water taste.
In my younger years, I attended a party where they had a punch with Everclear in it. In that punch, I could not taste the alcohol either.

I think I had a hangover for three days.

Just saying.




In the grand scheme of things I don’t usually have a bottle of grain alcohol laying around my house. Especially when it is illegal where I live.


Here in Virginia Beach we have several Military facilities that do sell it on the base. That is how I came about acquiring the stuff.


To be honest, I had fully intended to use it for my Lemoncello I make every year for Christmas.

Well  that didn’t happen so I decided to give this a try.

It is true, you really can’t taste the alcohol.


Happy Holidays Y’all.


Please enjoy responsibly.


Don’t say I didn’t warn you.


Print Print Recipe

Apple Pie Moonshine


1/2 gallon apple juice

1/2 gallon apple cider

4 cinnamon sticks

1 cracked nutmeg (optional)

8 allspice berries (optional)

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 liter Everclear Grain Alcohol (190 proof)

or Vodka (if you have to)


In a large stock pot (1 1/2 gallons or bigger) combine juice, cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, berries and both sugars.

Cook on high until sugar dissolves.

Allow to cool then remove cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and allspice berries.

Add Everclear.

Pour liquid into mason jars or other pretty jars to give away as gifts.

Peace be with you,



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60 Responses to “Apple Pie Moonshine”

  1. #
    Kay Heritage — December 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    This sounds delicious Veronica! But I am not sure how many of my Presbyterian friends will like getting these as gifts! Well, more for me! 😉 Merry Christmas to you and your family!


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    The Country Cook — December 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    V – I’ve had this stuff! I live near Franklin County, and if you know about Franklin County (i.e. Moonshine capital of the south), then you know I may or may not have had a sample of this stuff…lol. This sounds so good and now I know how to make it!! Thank you. Merry Christmas


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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table — December 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Ooooooh… I flinched in memory of my own 3 day hangover memory.

    I’ve actually had this before – a local liqueur store sells it. It’s even packaged in a giant mason jar! I may have to try my hand at making my own now. My liver thanks you. 😉


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    Beau @ somethingedible — December 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I can’t stand it when someone won’t share a recipe. I mean really; if the way they do it was that darn special, then why aren’t they selling it, right?!

    Anyhow, I’ve been playing with grain alcohol too! My Father in law makes a pretty good cinnamon schnapps, and he was more than happy to share a recipe. 🙂


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    Eliotseats — December 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Wow–I think you nailed this challenge. (Who doesn’t share recipes?) If anyone watched “Justified” on FX last season you will be familiar with the Apple Pie that Mama Bennett serves to special guests!


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    Christiane Potts — December 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Oh, so cool. I want this and I want it badly. I’m pretty sure I can get my hands on Everclear down here. I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!


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    evensong's januarylily — December 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Hic! ummmmmm..veronica? lol!


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    Kate — December 22, 2011 at 7:09 am



  9. #
    Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family — December 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Love it! I like that you acquired some grain alcohol just for this post now only if we could sample the goods 🙂


  10. #
    Happy When Not Hungry — December 23, 2011 at 1:27 am

    This sounds delicious and perfect for a Christmas treat!


  11. #
    Anonymous — December 23, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I’ve had a drink of this and it is incredible! Tastes just like apple pie and is very smooth.


  12. #
    Ann — December 24, 2011 at 5:51 am

    I’ve heard of this before, but I’ve never seen a recipe for it….awesome!


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    Amy — December 26, 2011 at 2:23 am

    This sounds delicious! Can’t say I have tried everclear, but I want to try making this with Vodka!


  14. #
    Cake — March 17, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I had something similar, quite literally while sitting on a porch in the North Carolina mountains, it was fantastic.


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    Anonymous — April 18, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I have had the apple pie moonshine at smokey mountain moonshine in Gatlinburg, but at 27.00 a mason jar, your not gonna buy alot, hope this taste like it, that stuff is smooth!


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    Joshua @ Whiskey Still Co. — June 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    This stuff really taste like moonshine, I’ve tasted this twice when I attended 2 separate pool parties. Oh so kickin’ drink, tried the recipe myself and it’s just really awesome!


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    Anonymous — July 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm

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    Anonymous — August 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I am so excited to find this recipe and cannot wait to make it. We had this in SC a few weeks ago while visiting with my son, and it was fabulous!!!


  19. #
    Anonymous — August 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Ive never heard of all spice berries and cant get nutmeg berries…can i just use powdered nutmeg and allspice??


    • Veronica Gantley — August 26th, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

      Yes, you can used powdered or omit it from the recipe.


  20. #
    Anonymous — August 24, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Anyone??? help please 🙂 🙂


  21. #
    Anonymous — August 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I make a similar recipe of this except for the brown sugar–I will have to try this way too….has anyone tried to make this without the cinnamon–how is it? I have a friend who has never tasted Apple Pie since she is allergic to cinnamon–I need to make a batch without it, but am worried it won’t be the same……


    • Veronica Gantley — August 28th, 2012 @ 12:44 am

      I have never tried to make it without the cinnamon. Perhaps you could replace it with nutmeg if your friend is not alergic to that. Try it without it and see how it works. I am sure it will still taste good.


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    Anonymous — August 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I was wondering can you use ground cinnamon instead of the sticks and if so how much


    • Veronica Gantley — August 28th, 2012 @ 12:49 am

      I used the sticks to infuse in the warm cider, I guess you could add cinnamon. I never have. What I would do if I were you is while it is still warm add the cinnamon. I think it would disolve better. I would start at 1/2 teaspoon and taste to adjust if needed. After it is completely cooled then add the everclear. I hope this helps.


  23. #
    Anonymous — August 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Hi and also can you just double up on the apple juice or is it best to use the apple cider


    • Veronica Gantley — August 28th, 2012 @ 12:54 am

      You could double up on the apple juice if you cant get apple cider. However, I dont think it will have the strong apple taste without the cider.I know you can only get apple cider certain times of year.For me most recipes are a suggestion. Go ahead change a few things around. Make this recipe your own. Write back and let me know how it turns out.


  24. #
    Anonymous — August 28, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Hi Thanks Veronica I just checked I can get the cider at walmart and I will just get the sticks there as well.I had the ground cinnamin just thought would check.I wanna make this right so will do it per your formula


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    Anonymous — September 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Hi Veronica, This sounds delicious! Do you know how long it is good for, once in the mason jar? Thank you!


    • Veronica Gantley — September 8th, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

      I am not sure. I know that mine never lasts more than a week. I know friends who put it in the freezer for two months. I hope that helps.


  26. #
    Anonymous — October 18, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Could you possibly put the everclear in while the mixture is warm? Would that help the mason jar to seal? I would like to make mine ahead for gifts & things while apple cider is readily available. Thanks, I’m so excited to try this!


    • Veronica Gantley — October 19th, 2012 @ 9:44 am

      I would not. If you add it when it is warm you could remove some of the alchohol. Perhaps you could freeze it for a couple of weeks? Because of the alchohol it wont freeze completely.


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    Anonymous — October 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Has anyone made this up ahead of time and place in jars in the fridge??


    • Veronica Gantley — October 22nd, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

      I put it in the fridge for a week before I gave it away as gifts.


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    cpr13 — October 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    How many mason jars (and what size) does this fill?


    • Veronica Gantley — October 26th, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

      Well, it depends on the jars. You can use any kind of jars you like. The one in the picture is a quart mason jar. So this batch should yield you about 6 jars. If you use the smaller pint jars you should get about 12. If you use the even smaller 1/2 pint jars (jelly) you could get about 24. This is an approximation.


    • cpr13 — October 26th, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

      Thank you!!


  29. #
    Chris Hughes — October 28, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Made it now that it taste great I’m getting a Lil tipsy


  30. #
    Veronica Gantley — November 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    If your post was in any way derogatory, mean, nasty, condescending, in poor taste, had swear words in it, or otherwise rude, then I probably removed it. Have a nice day!


  31. #
    anonymous — December 5, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Great drink, though you should really fix the everclear measurement before you have someone killed. it’s a half LITER of grain, not half a gallon. just saying.


    • veronica gantley — December 11th, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

      Gidget, use 750 ml that is good. If you want to make is stronger you can add more. You just cant take it away.


    • veronica gantley — December 11th, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

      The recipe has been changed. Thanks for letting me know.


  32. #
    Gidget — December 8, 2012 at 2:14 am

    So, did you mean 750ml or twice that?


  33. #
    JQuick — December 11, 2012 at 1:55 am

    750ml, and if you use that much ever clear with only a half a gallon of cider and apple juice it will be VERY rough and undrinkable….

    You have to let the mix cool down before adding the everclear or it will burn off the alcohol and leave the pie tasting like gasoline. a Lot of people substitute everclear for a handle of captain morgan. the spiced rum blends really well also.

    if you’re going to use ever clear I would suggest start adding slow, add 200ml and taste, add more, taste etc…


  34. #
    Gidget — December 19, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    It was only strong at first. After it sat overnight (cinnamon stick included) it was SO delicious! Wonderful, wonderful recipe. Thank you.


  35. #
    Nancy — January 21, 2013 at 2:21 am

    The recipe says 1/2 gallon of apple cider twice at the top. is this a miss-print or do I use 1 gallon?


    • Nancy — January 21st, 2013 @ 2:26 am

      oops…I just re-read it and it says 1/2 apple cider and 1/2 apple juice…sorry.


  36. #
    Shaunda Denny — April 23, 2013 at 2:24 am

    Also from VA Beach, I’ve had this tasty treat myself. LOVE it!! Now I can make it for friends and family. Thank you for sharing!! Oh and BTW, you can hear it in the microwave before drinking it on a cold winter’s night. 🙂


  37. #
    Derek Bailey — April 25, 2013 at 1:00 am

    What military base sale everclear?


  38. #
    Derek Bailey — April 25, 2013 at 1:01 am

    In the 757 area


  39. #
    39 — June 11, 2013 at 9:52 pm

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  41. #
    Cheri — August 11, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing your recipe! I understand folks not wanting to share but it’s even worse when they “share” but alter the recipe so yours won’t turn out like theirs. 🙁 I have been looking for an Apple Pie “Moonshine” recipe that included nutmeg and allspice in addition to the cinnamon sticks. It’s more “pie”-flavored that way. Yours sounds like just the ticket. Would clove be OK in it, and how many whole cloves would you recommend? Nothing overwhelming, just a hint.


  42. #
    Cheri — December 1, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I just opened a jar from the batch I made at the beginning of October, “quality assurance testing”, don’t you know. 😉 Ooooh, this is delicious! I jarred it while it was hot and let the jars sit in a cool, dark cabinet for a while to take the edge off the grain alcohol (a brand called Diesel, a very apt description LOL). The drink is now oh so smooth and will be much enjoyed by my friends and family this holiday season. Thank you for being kind enough to share your recipe. 🙂


  43. #
    Danielle M — December 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Would you suggest not to jarring it like you do with other things in the warm bath then? Just close it and hopefully the alcohol content will keep it “clean” haha??


    • vgantley — December 30th, 2013 @ 9:33 pm

      You can put it in any jar you like. I thought it would be fun to use the jar. Make sure it is clean. I heat the other stuff just to get the sugar disolved.


  44. #
    Salty Mama — March 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Love Everclear, not illegal here. Will make fantastic gifts for my brother and my best friend. Thank you so much!



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