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How To Make 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.
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.
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.