August 26, 2015

Recipe: Apple Pie a la mode Moonshine


Made for Christmas gifts two years ago, there was a lot of moaning when I didn't make it last Christmas.  Lesson learned!  It will be a regular now.

I made up this label and printed it on sticky labels to put on the mason jars. It was given with these cute little mason jar shot glasses (one per person).  For gift wrapping, put the jar of moonshine and shot glasses in a plain brown paper bag, twist the top of the bag, and tie with a piece of twine.

Do a search for "mason jar shot glasses".  I see that now you can get them with lids, not an option that I could find when I made this Christmas-before-last.

This is not as strong as real moonshine, but it does pack a kick!

RECIPE (best made at least 2 weeks ahead)

Makes:    6 quarts (or 12 pints)

Purchase the number of quart or pint mason jars you need.

½ gal (8 cups) spiced apple cider (*see note)
½ gal (8 cups) apple juice
6 cinnamon sticks
1 whole clove
1 teaspoon ground allspice
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
3 cups 190 proof grain alcohol (like Everclear)
2 cups whipped cream vodka
3 apples (doesn’t matter what kind – just not Red Delicious)

*Note: I used “Apple Pie Cider” from Walmart but any cider that says “spiced” is fine.  It may be seasonal, so if you can’t find it, see recipe below.

In a large stock pot, combine all ingredients except for the alcohol.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat & let cool to room temperature.  Once the mixture is completely cool, add in the alcohol.  Remove cinnamon sticks and divide into the mason jars.  Throw away clove.  Put a chunk of peeled, cored, apple in each mason jar.  Pour moonshine into mason jars.

Shake gently before pouring/drinking.
Store in refrigerator, or in a cool, dark, dry place. (*see note)

~After a couple of weeks your Apple Pie Moonshine will taste even better.  It is delicious ice cold, as well as at room temp or slightly warmed.~

*Note:  As far as long-term storage (being out more than a day or two), some sources say this moonshine should be kept refrigerated because, since it is cut with apple cider/juice, the alcohol content is not high enough to preserve the fruit juice and fruit.  On the flip side, some sources say it doesn’t and that they’ve kept it on their pantry for a year with no problems.  You will need to decide.


8 cups fresh apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
1 orange, cut into slices (do not peel)

Put everything in a 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until hot, stirring occasionally.  Strain into a pitcher or other container.