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There are many ways to make peach moonshine. For example, one could make peach brandy, which means that the alcohol itself is made from fermented and distilled peach juice. An easier way to make peach moonshine is add flavoring to neutral tasting, high proof alcohol (moonshine). Both are good, but the second option is going to be much sweeter and is what most people think of when they hear "peach moonshine." It's also what we're going to explain how to make in this article.
There are two ways to make peach flavored moonshine. The first method involves using spices and peach juice. The second method is done with the aid of fresh peaches. We explain both below:
Flavoring with Spices, Dried Peaches and Concentrate (Best)
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ginger
- 1/8 tsp orange
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1/2" dried vanilla bean
- 1/4 tsp pink peppercorn
- 1tbs toasted white oak chips
- 6 dried peaches
- Or substitute above with Peach Moonshine Spice Kit
- 3 cans (thawed) white grape peach concentrate
- 6 cups 100 proof moonshine
Put all ingredients except the dried peaches in a muslin bag. Cut peaches into 1/2 inch chunks. Add muslin bag and peaches to 6 cups of 100 proof moonshine. Allow to steep for 24-48 hours. Remove muslin bag, leaving peaches. Split alcohol and peaches between 3 quart jars. Top off each quart jar with white grape, peach concentrate.
Flavoring with Fresh Peaches
- 9 Blood Peaches (also called Indian Peaches)
- 100 proof moonshine
Indian peaches generally only appear for a week or two each summer at local farmers markets, peach stands, etc... They can occasionally be found at supermarkets too (but are probably shipped from the west coast, and won't be as good). If you want to get your hands on these things, the best thing to do is to go down to the local peach stand (if you're lucky enough to have one of those nearby) and ask them if they have any Indian peaches. If they do, you'll need to ask them when they expect them to be ripe and you'll probably need to check back every now and again to make sure you don't miss em!
There are many ways to flavor moonshine, but the easiest way to do it is to add the fruit directly to a jar of finished shine (or vice versa). Cut the peach into slices or (if they're small enough) stick two or three whole peaches in a quart jar, add shine, and leave it sit. Wait about 9 months (seriously) and drink!