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Apple Pie Moonshine

November 13, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

It’s not technically moonshine, but it’s spiked with Everclear, and that’s as close as I’ll probably ever get. This stuff is pretty damn tasty, not to mention cheap and easy to make. There were a few recipes floating around the internet. Here’s what I did.

– 1 gallon apple cider
– 1 gallon apple juice
– 1 1/2 cup sugar
– 2 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 9 sticks cinnamon
– 1.25 liters grain alcohol 151 proof

Bring everything but the alcohol to a boil and then let it cool down. Pour into sterilized mason jars, leaving one of the cinnamon sticks in each. I filled nine quart-sized jars with this ambrosia. The house smells like I’ve been cooking apple pies filled with rubbing alcohol.

I’ve only had this stuff served cold, though it’s probably just as good heated up. It goes down nice and smooth; often a little too quickly. The mason jars are just to be consistent with the moonshine theme. They aren’t necessary, but they make storage easier, since you make such a big batch. They ought to last for months like this. You can give them away as gifts. Come to think of it, I’ve got a white elephant gift party in December. I think I’ve got my gift.

Here in Michigan, we can only get the 151 proof version of Everclear. All other sites recommend the 190 proof version and only using 1 liter. I think the 151 version oughta do the trick though. There were warnings all over the bottle about not getting it too close to an open flame. You don’t really taste much alcohol when it’s mixed in with this drink. It just tastes like grandma’s apple pies, giving you that nice and warm feeling of home while you get fucked up.

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  1. Nate
    September 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    ” The whole house smelled like I been cooking apple pies filled with rubbing alcohol”…. LOL BRILLIANT!!!! I am gonna try this recipe ill let u know how it turns out.

  2. R
    March 25, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    This is a great basic recipe. However, it only comes out to about 40 proof, or 20% alcohol. I wanted to crank up the ABV and lower the sugar, and instead used this:

    32 oz apple juice
    32 oz apple cider
    8 cinnamon sticks
    2 cups brown sugar
    2 bottles (est 50 oz./ 1500ml) 190 proof grain alcohol

    Result: Est 45% ABV/ 90 Proof Alcohol

    Boil juice, cider, cinnamon sticks for about 20 mins, stire in sugar. Let cool completely (first on counter, then covered in fridge), then add everclear.

    Made three (3) 32oz bottles- two to friends, one to age in cupboard.
    We used Ikea “EZ-Cap” 32oz bottles (4$/ea), and for decoration, we added wire ribbon “lipstick” – the pattern of classic picnic red/white cloth, and a product description tag attached with thin twine. They came out VERY nice.

    Due to the bottles being so large, I might put them in 1/2 pint (8oz) mason jars instead next time, and have many smaller gifts instead of a few large ones. We’ll cover the tops (before putting on the ring) with the same picnic-color fabric.

  3. Connie Jo
    October 25, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Tried your recipe and it was great. But the next time I did I added some other spices into a spice bag with the cinnamon and let it set in the apple juice for a couple days and then made it. I’m a chia tea lover so the allspice and etc. always goes into my apple pies anyways. And the cinnamon in the jars was to strong for some people. Which of course meant more for me! And yes the 190 is great.
    Here’s a Kaluha recipe for you!

    9 cups water
    6 cups sugar
    9 tablespoons instant coffee

    Bring just to a boil stirring it often.
    Let cool completely.

    Now add in 6 Tablespoons ‘pure’ vanilla
    and one pint of 190 everclear.
    If that’s not strong enough add in one more cup of the 190 or 11/2 cups of vodka.
    And yes we have tried the whipped vodka and etc. To sweet for me but others love it.

    • Shannon
      November 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      What spices did you put into the bag?

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