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July 14, 2015 posted in Recipes

How to Make Cherry Moonshine

Looking for an easy way to step up your moonshine game? Look no further than this cherry moonshine infusion recipe. Ideally this recipe would be enjoyed during a lovely summer evening on the front porch watching fireflies. I’d venture to guess this recipe will still taste fantastic in the middle of a city, and if you shoot a couple down and squint your eyes hard enough the city lights might just look like fire flies. 

Cherry Moonshine Recipe

This cherry moonshine recipe was crafted with the goal of having loads of sweet cherry flavor. It has great versatility and can complement many different cocktails or simply be served in a mason jar. Follow the recipe below and impress your friends and family as this recipe rocks the socks off any other cherry infusion out there. Start with the basic cherry moonshine recipe and then take the cherry shine to the next level with some optional recipe variations as well as some mixed cocktail ideas.

Gather the goods: 

• 1 pound of fresh red cherries. If you can find pitted, that works best but unpitted works fine too.
• ½ cup of cherry juice
• 1 cup sugar
• 750 ml of moonshine  (Everclear or vodka are good substitutions)
• ½ cup water
• Mason Jars
• Large Bowl
• Potato Masher

Start With Cherry Simple Syrup

  • Place 1 cup of sugar and ½ cup water and ½ cup cherry juice (adds flavor and color) into saucepan on medium heat. 
  • Let sugar dissolve and turn into a syrup liquid. 
  • Once completely mixed, place in Mason jar and set aside. 

Next Add The Moonshine

  • Place cherries in a large bowl. 
  • Muddle cherries slightly with potato masher. ( At this point its is optional for you to pick out the seeds in order to save the cherries for eating once infusion is finished.- long and tedious process but worth having the atomic cherries to serve as garnishes)
  • Add simple syrup and alcohol, and cherry juice into bowl of cherries. Mix carefully. 
  • Separate all ingredients into individual jars. Make sure that cherries are distributed evenly and liquid content fully submerges cherries. 
  • Seal Jars. 
  • Place jars in a room temperature environment with little to no access to direct sunlight. 
  • The longer you wait for moonshine to infuse the better this shine will taste. We suggest waiting about a year for ample taste. 

When infusion time has passed, strain with mesh or muslin strainer so that you can filter all seeds and skins. Save the cherry bits and place back into the jars and serve as desired.

Moonshine Cocktail Recipe Ideas

Cherry Moonshine Limeade


  • 3 oz limeade
  • 3 oz sprite or lemon lime soda 
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juce
  • 2 oz cherry moonshine 
  • Ice Cubes 
  • Lime Slices

Place in glass and garnish with lime and muddled cherries.

Cherry Pie Moonshine Shot


  • 1 oz Cherry Moonshine 
  • 1 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • .5 oz of almond simple syrup
  • 1 oz whipped cream 

Place cherry moonshine, then vanilla vodka, and almond simple syrup in glass.
Top with whipped cream and cherry garnish.

Making great tasting cherry infused moonshine truly has never been so easy. With simple steps like these we hope you check out our other infusion recipes on our blog, Here.

  • do you have any good cherry mash recipes for an 8 gallon still ? holidays coming up and need some fuel. Thanks. you guys rock the house !!

    Posted by Joel Metzler on October 10, 2018
  • I would like to know how to make 10gallons of clear cherry moonshine mash. Any help would be appreciated thanks

    Posted by Matt on March 03, 2018
  • I would appreciate a recipe and directions for cherry bounce moonshine for a ten gallon still. any help would be appreciated. Thank you

    Posted by on February 28, 2018
  • To seal the jars, do you boil like you do when making jam?

    Posted by Donna on October 18, 2017
  • Just returned from w Virginia!! great time ! whole different world there? met some friends for life 5 years ago there and we keep going back! thanks for recipe! peace

    Posted by LOVE THE WOODS!!! on June 21, 2017
  • I need a cherry moonshine recipe for a 8 gallon still.

    Posted by myles on March 02, 2017
  • Can I use maraschino cherries I have bought a 4lb container at sams club wondered if I can use it. Thanks carol

    Posted by CArol on February 15, 2017
  • Trying to make my clear cherry spirit 7gallon boiler

    Posted by Charlie on August 20, 2016
  • Anyway I could have these emailed to me ? I thought it was a recipe to make the moonshine lol

    Posted by TIm on August 09, 2016
  • Im looking for a cherry moonshine recipe for the 5 gl. still any help

    Posted by miller,m.d. on August 04, 2016
  • This moonshine cherry is so good! This thing must be seen by a lot of drinkers out there.

    Posted by TYron on July 16, 2016
  • How much will this make?

    Posted by Stephen on April 08, 2016

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