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July 15, 2015
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Pineapple Moonshine Recipe

Owner of Clawhammer Supply

Pineapple moonshine is a refreshing cocktail that merges tropical flavors of ripe pineapple (and a hint of lemon) with the bold kick of traditional, high proof moonshine. In this article we present our absolute favorite pineapple moonshine recipe.

pineapple moonshine

This flavored moonshine recipe captures all the natural sugars and flavors from fresh pineapple and transforms plain store bought moonshine such as Ole Smoky into a sweet alcoholic drink. But don’t be fooled, it will still pack a punch. This homemade infusion is perfect for those who enjoy sweet and fruity spirits and can be easily made using a few simple ingredients.

What is Pineapple Moonshine?

Before we describe how to make pineapple moonshine, let's first define pineapple moonshine. There are actually several ways to make pineapple moonshine. The easiest way to do it, which is what we present in this article, is to buy high proof spirits from a store and add fruit and sugar. This is called an infusion, and it's a great way to make pineapple moonshine.

how to make pineapple moonshine

Pineapples can also be juiced, fermented, and then distilled (in stainless steel still like this) to create pineapple moonshine (or pineapple brandy) made from the very fruit itself. Making this type of pineapple alcohol is a complicated process which also requires federal and state permits (in the United states). It also produces a spirit that only has the essence of pineapple and is much more muted than the full flavored moonshine recipe described below.

Ever wonder how companies like Ole Smokey make moonshine? Here's an educational tutorial on how to make moonshine. Or, check out the rest of our moonshine recipes.

What Proof is Pineapple Moonshine?

Homemade pineapple moonshine can be pretty much any proof you want depending on how strong the alcohol is that you start with and how much juice you want to add to it. If you start with 190 proof Everclear and only add pineapple chunks with no juice, it's going to be extremely strong. In fact, making it that strong is probably a bit overkill. We'd suggest starting with something in the range of 100-150 proof. After adding all of the ingredients, it'll still be over 80 proof.

Will Pineapple Moonshine Go Bad?

There is a point at which pineapple moonshine will be past it's prime. However at which point this occurs depends on how strong it was to start with (proof) and how it was stored. We recommend making pineapple moonshine at 80 proof or above and then storing it refrigerator, or better yet, in a freezer. If made and stored this way it will last a long time.

High Proof Pineapple Moonshine Recipe

Great pineapple moonshine starts with quality ingredients. You'll want a large, ripe pineapple, and lemon plus some sugar and some high proof alcohol. Technically "moonshine" is traditionally made with corn, barley and sometimes rye or wheat. It's also usually pretty strong! You have a few options here. You could opt for Ole Smoky's Original, coming in at 100 proof. You could use something a bit stronger like White Dog by Buffalo Trace, which is 125 proof. Or you could go all out and pick up some Everclear 151. This is a choose your own adventure scenario.

pineapple moonshine recipe

Please note that it's perfectly legal to make your own flavored moonshine at home using this method, but you can't make this and then sell it. That'd be illegal.

Pineapple Moonshine Ingredients

  • 1 ripe pineapple- (A pineapple is ripe if a top leaf can be plucked with ease)
  • ½ cup white sugar 
  • 1 bottle 750 ml of moonshine – Ole Smoke, Everclear, etc.
  • 1 small lemon 

Pineapple Moonshine Recipe Steps

    1. We cut pineapple into small squares. 
    2. We distributed the pineapple evenly between two mason jars
    3. We cut the lemon into thin slices 
    4. We distributed lemon slices evenly into mason jars
    5. Added ¼ cup sugar to each jar 
    6. Poured a bottle of Ole Smoky Moonshine (Everclear/vodka are good substitutions) until brim of each moonshine jar. 
    7. Sealed mason jars. 
    8. We made sure to shake the jars daily. 
    9. We stored in a cool place for one week- we used our refrigerator. We found the longer the fruit sits in Ole Smoky moonshine the more flavors the alcohol will pull from the Pineapple. We recommend storing the jars up to a year in a refrigerator for maximum flavor. 

    We like to sip on this straight out of the jar after it's aged a few months. However, the moonshine pineapple chunks are delicious once they've had a chance to soak up some of the alcohol. However, be careful, they're deceptively easy to eat.

      Bootleg Pineapple "Moonshine" Recipe

      Bootleg Pineapple "Moonshine" is the perfect paradise drink recipe; with elements of coconut and a touch more consistency with added pineapple juice mask the alcohol really well making it a very smooth and refreshing drink. This short and simple process makes pineapple flavored moonshine, fast. With taste this good it can be deceiving, so please drink responsibly.

      The Goods

      • 1 ripe pineapple 
      • 1 750 ml Ole Smoky moonshine- (Everclear and vodka are good substitutions)
      • 1 can (qt) pineapple juice 
      • 1 16oz can coconut water 
      • 6 tablespoons of brown sugar 

      Simple Steps

        1. We cut pineapple into chunks 
        2. We added pineapple juice, coconut water, chunks into a pot .
        3. We brought everything up to a boil 
        4. We then removed it from heat and let cool to room temperature. 
        5. We added the Ole Smoky Moonshine
        6. We stirred it well. 
        7. We then pour it into individual jars
        8. We stored it in refrigerator for one week. We found the the longer the jars sit in the fridge the better it tastes. 

          Pineapple Moonshine Cocktails

          If you'd rather just make a glass of something to sip on as opposed to an entire mason jar full, we've got you covered. Here are a few of our favorite pineapple moonshine cocktails.

          Sweet Summer Shine Cooler 

          • 1oz Pineapple moonshine made from Ole Smoky
          • .5oz Peach Moonshine made from Ole Smoky
          • Orange juice 
          • Poured over Ice and a splash of cherry juice 
          • Garnished with orange and cherry

          Shine in Paradise

          • 1.5 oz Pineapple moonshine made from Ole Smoky
          • 2 oz Amaretto 
          • Splash of Cherry Juice 

          Pineapple Chiller

          • 1.5 oz of Pineapple moonshine made from Ole Smoky
          • 2 oz Lime juice 
          • 1 oz Lemon Lime Soda 
          • Pineapple infused chunks 
          • Poured over ice 
          • Garnished with lime 

          We made these cocktail recipe with store bought moonshine.

          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.

          • Do you have recipe for cherry bounce moonshine for a 20 gallon still.

            Posted by JImbo on November 13, 2021
          • Can you use canned pineapple if its in its own juice.

            Posted by Sherri on November 13, 2021
          • this is the biggest drink i ever thast in my hole life a super drink for al partys this is hundred % rock and roll so ill says happy full moonshine to al of you and bless this country of a realy good rock and roll to al .

            Posted by ola on July 31, 2020
          • Lately I have been making pineapple tepache, great drink on it’s own! but use it as mixer with coconut rum “fabulous”

            Posted by glenn Lowrimore on March 16, 2020
          • Anyone know how many jars you get from the moonshine recipe ??

            Posted by Dawn on May 21, 2018
          • Will the pineapple moonshine need to be strained? Also it says store in the refrigerator for at least a 5-6 days after that can you take it out and store it in a cool place or does it have to stay in the refrigerator for up to a year?

            Posted by Liza on October 06, 2017
          • how much sugar, cornmeal, and yeast do I use for just 1 qt of moonshine?

            Posted by Patrick on October 05, 2017
          • Do you have to seal them in a special way or is it literally just putting the top on the jar?

            Posted by Kelsey on September 25, 2017
          • Will the pineapple moonshine need to be strained? Also will it have a thick syrup In the botTom of the jar

            Posted by Angel on February 06, 2017
          • Wonderful recipe. Pineapple Moonshine is a nice recipe. I try this recipe last Sunday and really it was very tasty and delicious. Thank you for sharing it with us.

            Posted by pancakeorganics on November 10, 2016

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