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October 8, 2014
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Muskmelon "Moonshine"

Owner of Clawhammer Supply

Melon Moonshine

HoneyDew, Cantaloupe, and Muskmelon

Are you a fan of honeydew, cantaloupe, or muskmelon? We are. Nothing is better than a ripe, late-summer melon. They're sweet, refreshing and delicious. Are you also a fan of moonshine? Well if you like melons and you like moonshine, then chances are that you'll absolutely love this super simple muskmelon recipe. Though, remember, making and even having moonshine is illegal. If you're going to make this on your own, use some store bought shine, everclear, or perhaps even vodka. We used store bought moonshine when testing this recipe out.

Make Some Melon "Moonshine"

Slice up one of your favorite melons (we gave you a few options above). Remove the rind and ditch the seeds. Add the flesh of the fruit to a quart jar of regular ol' corn whiskey or vodka. OK, this next step is important. DON'T drink it! Not yet, at least. You need to leave it sit for a week before cracking it open. This requires some patience, but you'll get better results if you let it it sit for a week as opposed to a day. Your reward? If you manage to make it through the entire week without drinking you'll end up with one of the best tasting jars of shine you've ever laid your hands on. 

Crack open a jar of this stuff and pass it around a circle. By the end of the night you'll have more new friends than you can count. Really, melon shine is one of our favorite types of flavored alcohol and we know you're going to like it. Enjoy! Or check out the rest of our moonshine recipes for other delicious flavors.

A reminder: distilling alcohol is illegal without a federal fuel alcohol or distilled spirit plant permit as well as relevant state permits. Our distillation equipment is designed for legal uses only and the information in this article is for educational purposes only. Please read our complete legal summary for more information on the legalities of distillation.

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*Some of these pictures are fictitious and are for educational / demonstration purposes only. We use water and store bought grain alcohol to simulate "moonshine." It is illegal to distill alcohol without federal and state distillers or fuel alcohol permits.

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 many cantaloupes for 5 gal and how much it would clear do I need for the five gallon do I need anything more

    Posted by Samuel on January 24, 2022
  • can you use water melon in your mash how much sugar in a 5 gallon mash will the shine have a melon tastehow much juice

    Posted by dennis on July 16, 2019
  • What’s ESPECIALLY important is that the melon you use be ripe. I mean, very ripe. It needs to be juicy. Take a bite of the melon first and if you like the taste then you should put it in.

    Unripe melons/fruits don’t have the tasty natural sugars that only come out when they sit around aging.

    Typically, the darker the cantaloupe meat, the more juicy and sugary it tends to be. However, After putting it in the jars (usually a big handful, by the way), they will lose color as the water from the fruit gets displaced by the alcohol. But, that’s part of the fun since the fruit itself will eventually contain just about as much ABV as the alcohol you put in the jar at the start. The Fruit certainly won’t be too Tasty afterwards but it sure as hell packs a bite.

    So, thump those melons well before buying, and enjoy!

    Posted by Adam S on January 26, 2015
  • Do you sell a complete kit turn key and ready to go …

    Posted by Edard James on December 17, 2014
  • JOHN – check the website you are on….they have quite a few recipes on their blog- you might have to sift though a few pages but you will find em.

    Posted by StillDaddy on October 10, 2014
  • How do I get recipes

    Posted by John on October 10, 2014
  • I’m interested in it all. The kit how to brew everything.

    Posted by William a Maxwell on October 10, 2014

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