Apple Pie Moonshine is probably the most popular and sought after type of bootleg whiskey ever made, and for good reason - it's delicious. We've already posted procedures for making a basic mash and even instructions on making peach moonshine. Here is our favorite (high octane) apple pie moonshine recipe:‹ Go back to the blog
1 quart of 120 proof, pure corn whiskey moonshine (everclear could be used as a substitute - but that ain't moonshine!)
1-2 cans of frozen apple concentrate*
2-4 cinnamon sticks*
1-2 cups brown sugar*
*Depending on how sweet you want it to be, you may add up to twice as much of these particular items (in other words, 2 cans of concentrate and 2 cups of sugar instead of 1).
Directions (assuming that your shine is stored in quart jars):
First, add the apple concentrate, cinnamon sticks and brown sugar to a pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 60 minutes. Stir a few times as it is heating up to dissolve the sugar. Note, you could simmer for only 20 minutes, but you'd want to leave the jar sit for a couple of weeks before drinking to allow it to season. Heating it longer in the pot (60 minutes) will cause the cinnamon sticks to release their flavor very quickly, allowing you to be able to drink it immediately. I like to call this the "instant satisfaction" method.
After simmering, remove the pot from heat and let it cool. Make sure it is completely cool, and none of the burners on the stove are on before moving on to the next step.
After the mixture has cooled, add 2 pint jars (or one quart jar) to the mixture and stir it up a bit. Remember, 100+ proof moonshine is flammable. You do not want to do this anywhere near a heat source.
If you simmered the juice, cinnamon, and sugar for 60 minutes, you're good to go and you can drink it immediately. If you only simmered for 20 minutes you're going to need to wait a couple of weeks to drink. If you're like me, and you're impatient, you should just simmer for 60 minutes so you can start enjoying the fruits of your labor immediately.
Beware, this recipe is high proof. A lot of recipes call for adding a gallon apple this and a gallon of apple that, but by the time you're done adding all that liquid, you've dropped your proof down into the baby formula range. Apple concentrate provides apple flavor without compromising proof. This stuff sneaks up on you - and then it punches you in the face! But it's oh, so good.
Hot Apple Pie Moonshine
If you would like to serve up some hot apple pie moonshine, here's what we would suggest. Use the recipe above to make standard apple pie moonshine. Then, buy a couple of gallons of apple cider and spice it to taste using the same ingredients above. Heat it in a crock pot WITHOUT the apple pie moonshine. (You don't want to add the moonshine because you'll vaporize all of the alcohol if you heat it over a long period of time.) Just set the jar of apple pie moonshine next to the crock pot and let your guests add a bit (or a lot) to each cup of cider they pour.
We hope you enjoy this post on how to make apple pie moonshine. This is how we like it, but we'd also love to hear your thoughts. Let us know your opinion on this recipe, or share your own apple pie moonshine recipe below. Oh, and don't forget to check out our moonshine still kits before you leave.