Apple pie moonshine combines apple cider and juice with apple pie filling with cinnamon sticks and vanilla with moonshine and vanilla vodka to create your new favorite fall liquor to drink. Booze gift-giving is my love language. Whenever there is going to be a big party I feel obligated to bring a bottle of wine or growler of beer or a jar of moonshine. My latest moonshine creation is an apple moonshine with real apples and vanilla flavors leaving you feeling like you are literally drinking apple pie.
Apple Pie Moonshine Ingredients
The recipe for apple pie moonshine makes a lot of moonshine thanks to the combining of a gallon of apple cider and a gallon of apple juice. Make sure you have a dozen quart jars ready to catch your apple pie moonshine.
Many of the apple pie moonshine recipes I have found didn't include actual apples. My peach pie moonshine has actual peaches in each jar which makes for a sweet, moonshine-soaked surprise at the bottom of the jar. In my recipe, I use apple pie filling, enough cinnamon sticks for at least one to be in each jar and pure vanilla extract to really enhance the apple flavors. The addition of brown sugar to the mixture makes the moonshine even more smooth to the palette.
How to Make Apple Pie Moonshine
Either in one really large stock pot or two smaller pots, combine the apple pie filling, vanilla, and cinnamon sticks in the pan. Pour the apple cider and the apple juice over the top of the apples. Stir to completely combine. Then add in the brown sugar.
Continue to heat the juices until it begins to boil. When the combination boils, remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
I transfer to a large two-gallon drink container. Let rest until it is no longer hot. You don't want the heat to cook off the alcohol.
When the juice is cooled, start adding the moonshine. Follow the moonshine with the vanilla vodka.
Begin by dipping a few apples into each jar since they may still be floating on the top of the large jar.
Follow up each jar of apples with the moonshine. I fill each jar to where the lid rings begin. This way there is a little room for the cinnamon stick or any leftovers that could top of each jar. I use a combination of pint and quart jars.
Top the jars with the seal and ring. These shouldn't actually heat seal. Then I place them out in the garage in a dark corner to age for a few weeks.
With a case or two of jars filled with Apple Pie Moonshine, you won't be lacking for hostess gifts to give at the next party.
Enjoy the moonshine straight from the jar or over ice with some ginger ale.
Other Great Apple Cocktail Recipes
Apple Pie Sangria with Jim Beam Apple
Cinnamon Vodka Apple Cider Cocktail
Apple Pie Moonshine with Real Apples and Vanilla
- 1 gallon apple cider
- 1 gallon apple juice
- 2 cans apple pie filling, 20-ounce cans
- 12 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 750 ml moonshine
- 750 ml vanilla vodka
- In a large 10-12 quart stock pot, combine the apple pie filling, vanilla, and cinnamon sticks.
- Pour the apple cider and apple juice over the apple mixture. Add the brown sugar.
- Cook on high to heat until the combination boils. Remove from heat once it has come to a boil.
- Cool until room temperature. When cool, add the moonshine and the vanilla vodka.
- Add apples to each jar along with a cinnamon stick. Pour the moonshine and juice mixture to each jar.
- Place the lid firmly on each jar and let rest in a cool, dark place for two weeks or longer.
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About how much of the vanilla and brown sugar do you use?
I use a tablespoon of vanilla and 3/4 cup of brown sugar.
How long do these stay freah or safe to drink?
I take about a cup of the apple cider and apple juice mix, about 1/2 cup brown sugar and slice about 4 to five apples. I combine them and boil until tender, then add that instead of canned apples. If you can distill the shine with a few cinnamon sticks it helps with the flavor when it’s added. Your recipe is extremely close to mine.
Id love to know your recipe! It sounds alot like what my uncle used to make me but I've never been able to get it just right!
This is awesome! How far in advance can I make these for gifts?
Definitely several months.
Can you use a liter of Everclear with the 750ml of vanilla vodka? Also do you store it in fridge or cool dark space for 30 days?
You sure can. I store in my pantry. The fridge will work just fine too.
can you drink in a few days? or is it a must they sit for a while?
I think you can drink it right away but just might not be as smooth.
Is the nutrition Information content per quart?
yes, that is the nutrition for 1 quart.
OH MY GOSH!!! I recently had a friend bring me some of this and I just love it!! Now that I have your recipe...you are my hero 😀 But...I'm in Canada and I don't think I've ever seen moonshine at the liquor stores (although I've never needed to look until now lol). Is there a substitute for moonshine or a recipe for it? Thanks so much!!
I pinned this recipe for later. I cannot wait to try it!
Will the taste change the longer it sits
I have never kept it more than a year. Flavor did not change.
What moonshine you use ?
I used a local distillery's moonshine. Any brand of moonshine should work.
Does the apple pie moonshine every go bad or get sour? And how long can u store it?
I have not kept it for more than a year. It was fine for that long.