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Apple Pie Moonshine

Proceed with caution: Apple Pie Moonshine has been known to cause public dancing and other outrageous behavior! This strong cocktail made with Everclear is a delicious fall and winter drink with hints of cinnamon that will remind you of a boozy apple pie.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 quarts
Author: Mirlandra


  • 2 gallons of good quality apple juice or cider
  • 8 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 bottle of Everclear 750 ml (see note)


  • In a giant pot, bring the apple juice or cider and cinnamon sticks to a boil.
  • Turn off the stove and let it cool for about two hours – it must be totally cool to the touch.
  • Stir in the entire bottle of Everclear. (Don’t smell it as you stir – the fumes can do you in pretty fast.)
  • Pour into pint or quart-sized mason jars. Store in refrigerator.
  • The moonshine tastes best after it mellows for a few days to a few weeks.


Note: Everclear is a high proof alcohol that comes in two strengths.  I used the slightly lower strength because that is what is sold in Idaho.  Both options make an excellent drink but POTENT.  A small glass goes a long ways.