Fast & FREE Shipping!

This blog provides information for educational purposes only. Read our complete summary for more info.

May 12, 2023
Last updated

Moonshine Recipes: A Flavorful Adventure Awaits

Welcome to the world of moonshine recipes! If you're ready to explore new flavors, you've come to the right place. We've got fruity concoctions, dessert-inspired creations, and more. Dive into our easy-to-follow recipes and get ready to impress your taste buds. 

For a comprehensive guide on making moonshine, take a look at our how to make moonshine article.

pouring moonshine into a glass

What is Moonshine?

First - what even is moonshine? Moonshine, often referred to as "white lightning" or "hooch," is a high-proof, unaged distilled spirit typically made from corn mash or sugar. Its roots can be traced back to the early American settlers who crafted their own homemade spirits to avoid taxes imposed on liquor production. Moonshine gained notoriety during the Prohibition era (1920-1933) in the US, as illegal distilleries sprouted up to meet the demand for alcohol. Today, moonshine has become a popular spirit for those seeking a unique, homemade touch to their libations.

Is Making Moonshine Illegal?

Is it legal to make moonshine at home? No, it's not legal to make moonshine at home. How about if you don't sell it? No, it's not legal to distill moonshine even if it’s not sold. What if you don't even give it away? Still nope! It's not legal to make moonshine in the United States even just for personal consumption. For more information, check out this article that answers the question of whether or not making moonshine is illegal.

For the record, I've named this article “Moonshine Recipes” for search optimization purposes only. It's an educational article and is not meant to be used to actually make your own moonshine. Most of these recipes are for cocktails and flavored drinks. We use (and recommend using) store bought moonshine to make them.

Different Moonshine Recipes

Now on to the recipes. We've gathered some fantastic moonshine recipes and mash guides from our distilling experts. Give them a go and share your moonshine-making experiences with us!

1. Apple Moonshine Mash

Apple moonshine mash: a refreshing, fruity spin on traditional moonshine. Gather apples, sugar, water, and cornmeal, then follow our step-by-step guide to whip up a delightful concoction.

2. Pineapple Moonshine

If tropical vibes are your go-to, pineapple moonshine will hit the spot. Grab pineapple juice, sugar, and water, add distiller's yeast, and you're on your way to sippin' on this fruity delight.

3. Watermelon Moonshine

Smooth as a summer breeze, watermelon moonshine is the stuff of dreams. Blend watermelon, strain, mix with sugar and water, and toss in some distiller's yeast. Ferment, distill, and let the good times roll.

4. Strawberry Moonshine

Strawberry fields forever, or at least in a mason jar. Combine strawberries, sugar, water, and distiller's yeast to create this sweet, fruity sipper that'll knock your socks off.

5. Blackberry Moonshine

Blackberry moonshine – a rich, berry-flavored libation to make your taste buds dance. Blend blackberries, sugar, and water, then add distiller's yeast and ferment. Distill, dilute, and savor the berry goodness.

6. Sugar Shine

Simplicity at its finest, sugar shine is a no-frills, versatile delight. Just mix sugar, water, and distiller's yeast, then ferment and distill to taste the magic.

7. Cherry Moonshine

Sweet, bold, and luscious, cherry moonshine is a surefire winner. Combine cherries, sugar, water, and distiller's yeast, then ferment, distill, and let the cherry explosion begin.

8. Muskmelon Moonshine

An exotic adventure in a glass, muskmelon moonshine offers a unique, aromatic experience. Blend muskmelon, sugar, and water, then mix with distiller's yeast. Ferment, distill, and enjoy the muskmelon marvel.

9. Peach Moonshine

Irresistibly sweet, peach moonshine is a true delight. Combine peaches, sugar, water, and distiller's yeast. Ferment and distill to savor the delectable peach sensation.

10. Apple Pie Moonshine

Capture the essence of a classic dessert with apple pie moonshine. Mix apple juice, sugar, cinnamon, and distiller's yeast. Ferment, distill, and enjoy this warm, spiced delight.

11. Pumpkin Pie Moonshine

Bringing fall flavors to life, pumpkin pie moonshine is a creamy, spiced concoction. Combine pumpkin puree, sugar, water, pumpkin pie spice, and distiller's yeast. Ferment, distill, and indulge in this delightful creation.

12. Moonshine Pickleback

Tangy and savory, moonshine picklebacks offer a bold, salty flavor explosion. Mix moonshine, pickle juice, and spices. Refrigerate for 24 hours and enjoy this distinctive drink.

Well, there you have it, folks – a lineup of moonshine recipes that'll keep your stills busy and your spirits high. Remember to click on the linked moonshine type for detailed instructions, and enjoy the satisfaction of crafting your own homemade hooch. Also, make sure to check out our collection of moonshine stills. Happy distilling, y'all!

  • Thank you for all the information to get me started.

    Posted by Calvin on April 01, 2024
  • The information was very entertaining and here in Virginia it is virtual impossible without a permit to manufacture any distill liquids. I have a legal distillery (Hilltop distillery, maidens VA) close by and I visit and can enjoy a monologue that I know what they are talking about.

    Posted by George on October 20, 2023

Leave a comment

Please note, the design of our website does not allow us to respond directly to blog comments. Please email us directly regarding questions about products. We don't answer questions about recipes, procedures, etc. However, feel free to leave a comment or respond to comments made by others!

Enter your email address below and we'll send you a free eBook on how to get started with brewing or distilling!