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October 18, 2014
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Pumpkin Pie "Moonshine" Recipe

Owner of Clawhammer Supply

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.

Pumpkin pie not your thing? Check out the rest of our moonshine recipes.

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 apple pie moonshine

First, we modified the recipe to give it more of an alcohol kick. 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. We found both of these recipes were more suited for an after dinner drink. They aren't really something we would want to pass around the fire.

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


  • 1 big can pumpkin puree ( 100% pure pumpkin) 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 
  • 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, or moonshine (i.e. Ole Smokey)


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

We blended until smooth and then poured the mixture into mason jars. We stored in the refrigerator until the tasting. For the tasting we also added whipped cream for a bit of sweetness and a great creamy mustache. 

Version 2: (Food Hack) Real Pumpkin Pie Flavored Vodka *Updated Recipe Click Here*


  • 1 pumpkin pie 
  • 2 pints of vodka, corn whiskey, "moonshine" (ole smoky, etc.)*


We added an entire pumpkin pie to a blender along with 2 pints of alcohol and blended the mixture until it was smooth. After the mixture was completely blended we poured the mixture into mason jars, sealed and refrigerated. We always add whipped cream as it really ties the drink together. This drink was absolutely incredible and was a great way to get a buzz while drinking desert.

Cinnamon Spice Whiskey

Bonus Drink: Spicy Fall Whiskey

Fall is a great time of year for pumpkin drinks, but it's an even better time 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. 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), otherwise know as "making moonshine," is illegal. For this reason, this recipe utilizes store bought Ole' Smokey.

Cinnamon Spice Whiskey

Kyle Brown is the owner of Clawhammer Supply, a small scale distillation and brewing equipment company which he founded in 2009. His passion is teaching people about the many uses of distillation equipment as well as how to make beer at home. When he isn't brewing beer or writing about it, you can find him at his local gym or on the running trail.

  • Gunna Have To Make Some Of That Moonshine !!!!

    Posted by John Serafin on September 01, 2015
  • Hi Kyle , You guys are Great, It’s nice to have some clowns for good friends. Bring on the fall pumpkin pie.

    Posted by Carl Goldamer on May 05, 2015
  • That’s Fucking cool man love you guys

    Posted by Amanda on December 23, 2014
  • How much is your 10 gallon still?

    Posted by Frank on October 30, 2014
  • Just a quick question. In the Pumkin Pie Moonshine it says 1 can (48 fl. oz) of apple juice concentrate. All I’ve found is 12 fl. oz cans. I put four of them in? In the video the guy puts one in. Please advise.


    Posted by Steve Phillips on October 27, 2014
  • I would love any information on stills and recipes.

    Posted by Peggy Bakker on October 25, 2014
  • How about a recipe for peach flavored shine or maybe a blue or blackberry recipe

    Posted by redneckcd on October 23, 2014
  • I want to buy A still , how much are they for A 5 gallon one ?

    Posted by Bryan Franks on October 22, 2014
  • Great idea I thank you for the recipe. Just finished a batch of shine (corn). My favorite…. Thanks

    Posted by Shawn on October 19, 2014

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