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The Perfect Winter Drink Recipe: Apple Pie Moonshine



Apple Pie Moonshine

For this year’s New Year’s Eve dinner, each of our friends decided to bring something different to our dinner. So I decided that I would try something different, something unique. It came to me while watching Season 2 of FX’s series Justified. During the season, the main antagonists created their own popular moonshine that tasted just like Apple Pie. Though I didn’t exactly make the alcohol, I felt like I brought a piece of Kentucky home.

It’s a pretty simple recipe, and I thought I would share with you all. But a word of warning, this stuff isn’t for the weak! It contains a great deal of alcohol, but it’s perfect to warm your stomach on a cold winter night.

What You Need:

  • 1 750ml bottle of Everclear (I used the 190 proof, but since it’s illegal in some states, you might have to buy the Everclear 151)
  • 1 gallon of apple cider
  • 1/2 gallon of apple juice
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 6-8 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 apples
  • Enough mason jars to fill about 2 gallons
  • Directions:

    1. First get a large stockpot big enough to put 2 gallons worth in. Then pour all of the apple juice and apple cider in the pot and put it on medium/hot heat.
    2. Wait until it is warm (not boiling) then put both sugars and the cinnamon sticks in the pot.
    3. Continue to stir and let the mixture boil down where all of the sugars dissolve. Once boiled turn the gas off.
    4. Let the mixture sit until it cools.
    5. Once the mixture is cool then add the Everclear and mix it.
    6. Open up the mason jars put one or two apples in each jar and pour your Apple Pie Moonshine into your jars. Feel free to put a cinnamon stick in some of the jars.
    7. Drink up!

    Now you can drink this immediately, but it will definitely taste better if you wait about a month. You can drink it whenever you want, but the alcohol will ferment over time and it will make the drink much stronger.

    Tweet me your Apple Pie Moonshine pics on Twitter @CoreyPanati. If you did anything different to change the flavor, let me know so I can try that next time.

Corey Panati is a graduate of York College, and he's also the latest addition to Guys Gab. He's excited to bring his love of sports and movies to a browser near you. If you're on Twitter, you can follow his ramblings @coreypanati



  1. Phil

    December 31, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Wow – this drink sounds pretty awesome!

  2. monty

    October 11, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    How long will it keep after making and does it need to be refrigerated ?

    • Corey Panati

      October 28, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      If you let it sit for a few months it tastes even better, but you could drink it whenever. Also I would put it in the fridge after opening.

  3. Ryan A Roberts

    November 7, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    The alcohol will not ferment and make more alcohol. That’s not how science works. The longer you wait, the more harsh alcohol branch chains break down into simple sugary tasting alcohols. So its smoother after time. This is one of the reasons why aged alcohols are a lot smoother than fresh alcohols can be. There wont be any more production of new alcohol in this drink. MOST yeast strains(the thing that makes the alcohol) can’t survive in solutions above 8-12%. Some like champagne yeast can get up to %18, but this drink is probably close to %14 as is. Unless you pitched a higher tolerance yeast in the jars, it wont make more alcohol.

    Plus if you did pitch yeast to get more booze, and sealed them up; with the amount of sugar in the jar, they would explode like grenades. Kist like over carbonated beer bottles do when you add too much priming sugar.

    Not trying to be a stickler, just informational. This is a really good drink though. Unusually fill a 1/2 gallon jar with thinly sliced honeycrisp apples, add a quart of 190 everclear with some dissolved brown and white sugar plus the cinn. Sticks and allspice. Leave it alone for a year, take the sticks out, juice the apples, and add cider to fill the jar back up. It is un-holy how good it tastes with hardly ANY alcohol flavor.

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