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July 14, 2015
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How to Make Cherry Moonshine

Owner of Clawhammer Supply

Cherry Moonshine Recipe

This cherry moonshine recipe was created with the goal of making something that has loads of cherry flavor. It has great versatility and we found it can complement many different cocktails. We started with the basic cherry moonshine recipe (made with Ole Smoky Moonshine) and then took the cherry shine to the next level with our amazing recipe variations as well as our mixed cocktails.

cherry moonshine recipe


• 1 pound of fresh red cherries. 
• ½ cup of cherry juice
• 1 cup sugar
• 750 ml of Ole Smoky Moonshine (Everclear or vodka are good substitutions)
• ½ cup water
• Mason Jars
• Large Bowl
• Potato Masher

Make Cherry Simple Syrup

  • We added1 cup of sugar, ½ cup water,  and ½ cup cherry juice into saucepan on medium heat. 
  • We let the sugar dissolve and reduced until we had a syrup consistency. 
  • We removed it from the heat, let it cool, and then transferred the syrup into a mason jar.

Add The "Moonshine"

  • We placed the cherries in a large bowl. 
  • We then removed the pits (seeds).
  • We then added the simple syrup, Ole Smoky Moonshine, and cherry juice into the bowl of cherries.
  • We Mix everything until well combined. 
  • We then transferred the contents of the bowl evenly between individual mason jars. We made sure that the cherries were evenly distributed between the jars. 
  • We then placed the jars in the refrigerator for at least a week.
  • We have found the longer you let the moonshine infuse the better it tastes.

Moonshine Cocktail Recipe Ideas

Now that you have your cherry "moonshine", you can drink it alone or mix it into a delicious cocktail. Make the cherry "moonshine" limeade for the summer, the cherry pie "moonshine" shot for the fall, or stir up your own creation. Make something good? Leave it in the comments below.

Cherry "Moonshine" Limeade


  • 3 oz limeade
  • 3 oz sprite or lemon lime soda 
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juce
  • 2 oz of the cherry moonshine made from Ole Smoky
  • Ice Cubes 
  • Lime Slices

We wanted to be fancy and garnished this with a lime slice and muddled cherries.

Cherry Pie Moonshine Shot


  • 1 oz  Of the cheery moonshine made from Ole Smoky 
  • 1 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • .5 oz of almond simple syrup
  • 1 oz whipped cream 

We topped this with whipped cream and one cherry.

Check out the rest of our moonshine recipes here.

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.

  • How much simply scrap do you put in the recipe above?

    Posted by Dwain on April 03, 2023
  • I would like to get the cherry bounce recipe like on moonshiner
    Mash cherry
    And what else to make the Formen ration before distilation

    Posted by Dave on March 25, 2022
  • Im looking for a muscadine recipe for a 35 gallon still.

    Posted by Randy Maginness on November 25, 2020
  • Hi does this same recipe work for choke cherries?

    Posted by ARlow on December 01, 2020
  • I’m looking for a recipe to make your Cherry moonshine mash in my clawhammer 5 gallon still.

    Thanks Henry Eisenhuth

    Posted by HEnry eIsenhuth on May 18, 2020
  • Could I use this recipe to make plum moonshine – I don’t have the fermenting equipment and the plums are falling off the trees

    Posted by April on July 18, 2019
  • do you have a recipe for cherry bounce

    Posted by dennis smith on July 16, 2019
  • 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 04, 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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