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October 18, 2014 posted in Recipes

Pumpkin Pie "Moonshine" Recipe

How To Make Pumpkin Pie "Moonshine"

Pumpkin Pie Moonshine

Fall is upon us; the leaves are changing, pumpkins and pumpkins are on display. This time of year there are always quite a few "pumpkin pie moonshine" recipes being posted on the Internet, so we decided to try our hand at making one.

We searched until we found a good "base recipe" then made it a few times, tweaking each round to try and improve it. For example, the first thing we noticed was that the pumpkin pie drink recipe we found called for only 2 cups of alcohol. Since we're more or less professional drinkers, we made a couple modifications to the recipe and created two different versions.

 apple pie moonshine

First, we modified the recipe to give it more of a kick (feel free to add less or more depending on how strong you like your drink). We also modified the spice content, pumpkin puree content, etc. Finally, we went rogue and used an actual pumpkin pie and some vodka to see if we could make an improvement while also dramatically simplifying the recipe (see version 2 below).

Overall, we're very happy with the results. Though, heads up: both of these recipes are more suited for an after dinner drink. They aren't really something you would want to pass around the fire. So, if you are into desert drinks this will be right up your alley. Here's a video of the final recipe. The details are below.

Version 1: Pumpkin Pie "Moonshine" (From Scratch)


  • 1 big can pumpkin puree ( make sure it is 100% pure pumpkin) 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (add more if you have a sweet-tooth) 
  • 2 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice mix 
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) of thawed frozen apple juice concentrate. 
  • 2 pints of high proof alcohol (vodka, everclear, "moonshine.")*


In a blender combine pumpkin puree, brown sugar, 1 can of thawed frozen apple juice concentrate, and 2 pints of alcohol.

Blend until smooth and then pour the mixture into mason jars, seal and refrigerate. Add whipped cream for a bit of sweetness and a great creamy mustache. Shake well before drinking. Keep refrigerated.

Version 2: (Food Hack) Real Pumpkin Pie Flavored Vodka


  • 1 pumpkin pie (store bought or homemade)
  • 2 pints of vodka, corn whiskey, "moonshine" (ole smokey, etc.)*


Add the entire pumpkin pie to a blender along with 2 pints of alcohol and blend the mixture until smooth. After the mixture is completely blended pour the mixture into mason jars, seal and refrigerate. Feel free to add whipped cream which really ties the drink together. This drink is absolutely incredible and a great way to get a buzz while drinking desert. I recommend making or buying a pumpkin pie and making this drink as I had no expectations and it turned out great.

Cinnamon Spice Whiskey

Bonus Drink: Spicy Fall Whiskey

Fall is a great time of year for pumpkin drinks, but it's an even better for spicy drinks. The weather is cooler so a bit of heat in the drink is generally welcome. That's why we created our FireBomb Cinnamon Spice Whiskey kit. It's packed full of cinnamon for flavor but also contains 4 kinds of peppers and peppercorns to help warm you from the inside out. The amount of heat can be controlled by you. Take out the thai peppers and leave it sit for 12 hours and the heat will be slight, but perceptible. Leave the peppers in and let it sit for 12 hours and it'll be nice and warm but definitely not too hot for most people. Leave the peppers in and let it sit for 24 hours and it'll nice and spicy, but maybe not for everyone. Leave the Let it sit for 48 hours and you might need to call the fire department after drinking. Click here to check out our cinnamon spice whiskey kit.

*Remember, distilling alcohol at home (for consumption), other wise know as "making moonshine," is illegal. However, making fuel alcohol is legal (on the federal level and in many states) with the proper permits. Click here to apply for a federal fuel alcohol permit.

Cinnamon Spice Whiskey
  • How many jars does the pumpkin pie recipes make

    Posted by DAllas on December 02, 2020
  • I use spiced apple cider instead of apple juice and add whipped cream vodka & some fireball to the jars. You can use the cider or juice & thin it out some to your own liking. I then seal jars & let sit for 3-6 weeks in a closet…its also good at Thanksgiving dinner…

    Posted by Jenn on September 26, 2018
  • You can replace the moonshine with grain alchohol purchased from the store. Its probably not as good. But it is good :)

    Posted by Trish on January 10, 2018
  • 10L of Water.
    200g of resin
    1kg of white sugar.
    26g of Yest (any)

    a.Heat up the water, make the the 2 kg sugar meted. and, pore the rest of water in the fermentation bucket.but resins 200g in the water. and put yeast 26 gr (2 small Packets) in it, put your water lock. Also very much need heat temperature rod.(fish tank heat control element) and set it for 30% on the element. let it go for 5-7 days. start distillation.
    2L of 40%Vodka
    1L of 30%
    1L of 20%
    1l of 10%
    the rest no need.

    Posted by Peter on December 08, 2017
  • Is it suppose to be really thick. And how long does it need to cure

    Posted by Kim on September 21, 2017
  • Sounds tasty! Can’t wait to make the pumpkin pie moonshine for Halloween! Thanks for sharing your recipes

    Posted by Linda on September 08, 2016
  • For the pumpkin moonshine are you supposed to reconstitute the Apple Juice by adding water. I made it per your recipe and it turned out very thick

    Posted by Pattie on September 05, 2016
  • Manufacturing alcohol without a license in Virginia is a class six felony. You can make small quantities of beer and wine for personal consumption, just not moonshine. It is illegal to possess or transport alcohol upon which the U.S. taxes haven’t been paid in the state.  Virginia code says it’s also illegal to possess distilleries or distilling apparatus without a permit.

    Posted by K Jordan on November 09, 2015
  • will volunteer my services as a taster

    Posted by Gary E on November 08, 2015
  • It is “not” illegal in the State of Virginia to produce shine for personal consumption. It is illegal however to sell it for personal gain.

    Posted by Ernest on November 07, 2015
  • It is “not” illegal in the State of Virginia to produce shine for personal consumption. It is illegal however to sell it for personal gain.

    Posted by Ernest on November 07, 2015
  • TaM- Under federal law it is legal to distill alcohol for fuel in all states with the proper fuel alcohol permits. Under Federal Law it is illegal to distill for personal consumption in all states. it is legal to distill for personal consumption in Missouri on the State level.
    Here is a good resource:

    Posted by StillDaddy on October 28, 2015
  • Bridgette is wrong… Under Federal Law distillation of Alcohol is illegal in all states.
    Posted by Tam on October 28, 2015
  • ok Bridgette which states ARE legal and does the ATF know about them?

    Posted by Tam on October 28, 2015
  • Id like a corn recipe.

    Posted by sandra on October 28, 2015
  • Oh hell yeah! I know what I am going to do with all the leftover pie! Thank you for this fun recipie!
    Bottoms up!

    Posted by Chelley on October 25, 2015
  • what states are you aloud to make shine for personal use ?

    Posted by david on October 20, 2015
  • It is not illegal to make moonshine in all states. Many allow you to make it for personal use.

    Posted by Brigitte on October 08, 2015
  • Yummy :)

    Posted by felicia nicole on September 18, 2015
  • Gunna Have To Make Some Of That Moonshine !!!!

    Posted by John Serafin on September 01, 2015

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