Cinnamon Apple Moonshine

filed under: Food + Drink on November 18, 2019

Bring your apple juice to an adult level with this Cinnamon Apple Moonshine. This alcoholic beverage is not your kids’ apple juice, that is for sure! It packs a punch, but it warms you up inside on these cold winter nights! If you are looking for more alcoholic beverages, try my Vodka Lemonade or Mojito Sangria.

Pouring Cinnamon Apple Moonshine in Jar

Cinnamon Apple Moonshine

Moonshine has been around for centuries, but it really became popular in the 18th century when people were making moonshine on their own to avoid the federal tax on liquor. Luckily, moonshine is still around and it is not forbidden. No reason to find a speakeasy to enjoy an alcoholic beverage–you can make your own! And, you can make it any time of the day, not under the moon in the middle of the night, unless you really want to!

Ingredients for Homemade Moonshine

How to Make Cinnamon Apple Moonshine

Moonshine, white lightning, homebrew, shiney, or whatever you want to call it, has stood the test of time for a reason. You don’t need much of it or you will not be standing for long! But, sometimes a night (or day–no judging here 😂) calls for a little something to warm you up! It takes a little bit of patience to make Cinnamon Apple Moonshine, but then you will have enough to last a while, and it really is easy!

  • First, combine all the non-alcoholic ingredients in a large pot–apple juice, apple cider, both sugars, cinnamon, and apple pie spice. You will notice there are no cinnamon sticks in the actual recipe, I prefer to use McCormick Ground Cinnamon. The cinnamon sticks are great for garnish!
  • Bring these ingredients to a low boil and then reduce the heat to let it simmer for about an hour.
  • After the simmer, allow the mixture to cool completely before adding the ever-important alcohol! (If you want to be exact, make sure the temperature is 150°F or lower before adding the alcohol.)
  • After adding the vodka and Everclear, put it in your containers to let it chill. If you cannot find Everclear 190, you can use Everclear 151 or the highest proof vodka you can find. (This will increase the vodka amount.)


Cinnamon Apple Moonshine


When to Serve Moonshine

We were a little shocked at how good it tastes the same day it is made. However, and I do highly recommend this, letting the jars chill for 2-3 weeks before consuming makes for an amazing drink. The longer it sits, the better. It is one reason why this batch is so large, you make it once and enjoy it for up to a year! (Depending on how much you like to drink! 😂)


Overhead image of jars of Cinnamon Apple Moonshine

How to Store your Cinnamon Apple Moonshine

I am sure you have seen most moonshine in a mason jar. Yes, it looks cool, but there are more reasons than how it looks to store the Cinnamon Apple Moonshine in a glass jar. First of all, a glass jar can help the moonshine taste to develop. Because you will probably want to store some for a while, this is important. It does not need to be a mason jar, but it does need to be a jar that seals. Second, the glass will keep your moonshine from going bad, unlike a plastic bottle. And third, it just feels right to take a sip of moonshine from a mason jar, doesn’t it?!?

I prefer using mason jars because I like having the option to can it if I don’t have the refrigerator space. Speaking of canning…

How to Can Moonshine

If you are canning, be sure your jars are sterilized before adding the moonshine to them.

Fill your jars with moonshine being sure to leave at least 1/2 inch at the top. Wipe the rim of the jar with a clean towel. Add the canning lids. Screw on the outer ring.

Submerge the jars into boiling water for anywhere from 10-20 minutes. Carefully remove jars from the water and allow to sit, undisturbed, for 24 hours on a counter lined with a towel. Check for proper seal; if a jar has not sealed well, it will need to be stored in the refrigerator.

I found a great tutorial on canning here: Water Bath Canning

Always make sure you are following all safety guidelines outlined by the USDA when canning anything. 



Hand holding jar of Cinnamon Apple Moonshine

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5 from 3 votes
Cinnamon Apple Moonshine
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
1 hr
Total Time
2 hrs 5 mins

Warm-up your insides with Cinnamon Apple Moonshine, an apple cinnamon alcoholic beverage that is perfect for cold winter nights.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Moonshine, Cinnamon Moonshine, Moonshine
Servings: 12 quart jars
Calories: 387 kcal
Author: Amanda
  • 1 gallon apple juice
  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 3 cups (600g) brown sugar
  • 5 teaspoons McCormick cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 liter Everclear 190 proof (or 151 proof grain alcohol)
  • 1 liter vodka
  1. In a large pot, combine apple juice, apple cider, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and apple pie spice.

  2. Heat a low rolling boil, and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour.

  3. Remove from heat and cool completely.

  4. Stir in everclear and vodka.

  5. Pour into glass bottles and chill until ready to serve. This is a BIG recipe, so make sure you have fridge space to store. See above for how to can this recipe. (Canning can be stored at room temperature.)

  6. Can be served hot or cold. (We much prefer cold!)

Recipe Notes

If you want to make a smaller batch, I can help with that! Simply let your mouse hover over the AMOUNT next to the servings. (For instance~ SERVINGS: 12 JARS)

A slider bar will pop up and you can adjust the bar to the amount you want to make. The amounts within the recipe will automatically change based on the serving size you choose. 

This method for customizing quantity works on your DESKTOP, not on mobile. 

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  • Rebecca says:

    This looks amazing!!! If I halve the recipe will it still work? (Guessing yes, but you’re the expert.)

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yes. There is a trick on how to do that in the notes for the recipe! 🙂

  • Amy says:

    This sounds amazing!!! Thank you for letting us know how to change the servings. It didn’t work for me. Can you tell me how I can get the receipt to make 4 servings? Thank you! So excited to try this.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      My apologies… it is only on desktop. You can’t move the toggle on mobile. I will add that to the notes!

  • Dee says:

    Wondering if 2 gallons of cider can be used instead, why do you need apple juice? Thanks

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Apple cider and apple juice are different. You can use all cider if you want, but I have not made that specific version so can’t speak to it’s effectiveness.

  • Suzanne says:

    When you say the glass jar is great for storing this recipe because of the seal…does that mean it has to be water bathed in order to get it sealed or can you just use a mason jar that has a seal/lid top without going through the canning process? Thanks so much. Can’t wait to make this with my daughter and her family while visiting her in Portland, OR this Thanksgiving!

  • Elana Smith says:

    I’m going to try this sounds good

  • Diane Evans says:

    Oh yes, this is delicious!!!

  • Christy says:

    Does the canning process cook some of the alcohol out?

  • Linda Navarra says:

    wouldn’t canning it “boil” out the alcohol?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Nope. 🙂

  • Pat says:

    Could you use Fireball Whiskey in place of the alcohol and omit the cinnamon?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I haven’t tried it, but it sounds delightful.

  • Tootie Cavyell says:

    My husband used to make it and his buddies called it “Apple Pie”

    Love and later


  • Sheila Moore says:

    This sounds amazing. One problem, my daughter is allergic to vodka…any suggestions on an alternative to that?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      You could use all Everclear, but I have not tested it specifically so don’t know if it will be as yummy. 🙂

  • Victoria A Ross says:

    How about states where it is illegal to purchase everclear or difficult to get 151 grain alcohol? Can you use all vodka?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      We had to drive to Wisconsin to get ours, they don’t sell it in Minnesota. But to answer your question, you can use 151, which is more common than 190. You would need to find the highest proof vodka you could. 🙂

  • Dummy says:

    Amanda, Help! I didn’t follow directions well and dumped in the vodka and everclear along with the other ingredients before the one hour simmer. 😩😩 Have I ruined my batch??

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I don’t think so… alcohol doesn’t start to evaporate until 173°F, so as long as it was at a low simmer you should be ok!

  • Kris says:

    How long will the apple pie moonshine keep in the refrigerator after making.

  • Regina says:

    Wondering if I use glass wine bottles with a sealed plastic cork how far in advance will it be recommended to make to keep fresh?
    Does it have to be refrigerated if not using water sealing?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Good question Regina! Unfortunately, I am not sure as I have not used that method for storage.

  • Donna says:

    I will be making this as soon as the liquor store opens!

  • Maddie Fletcher says:

    Could you omit the cinnamon and store it with a cinnamon stick sealed in the jar? It would be prettier for gifting.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I haven’t tested that so I am not sure it will taste the same. But it is a fun idea! 🙂

  • JoyRoland says:

    I would like to try this, my baby sister and I make wine together a lot.

  • Alanna Darling says:

    Simply amazing flavor!

  • Deb says:

    Do you have a recipe for peach moonshine

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Deb! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. No, we don’t have a peach moonshine, but that does sound delicious! Thanks for the idea, and have a great day!

  • Mary says:

    Do I have to keep them refrigerated if so how long can they sit in the refrigerator

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Mary! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. If the jars are tightly sealed, this can last for up to a year in the refrigerator. If you do the water-bath canning to ensure a proper seal, you can leave them out. I hope this helps, and have a great day!

  • Vicki says:

    Unfortunately, I am unable to gain access on how to make smaller servings (no toggle switch from my mobile, notebook, or desktop). Can you share these instructions?

    Love your site. Thanks for your help!

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Vicki! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. To adjust the servings, click on the number in the number of servings (in this case, the ’12’ in the recipe). You will get an option to adjust to fewer servings, which will adjust the ingredient amounts. Be aware, the grams will not change. I hope this helps, and have a wonderful day!

  • Don Douglas says:

    Awesome 🤪!!!

  • Barry MacDonald says:

    Where is the still, the coil, the condenser, etc.? This not real moonshine. It is a Vodka cocktail at best. If you used the same amount of real moonshine in your recipe as the amount of vodka and Everclear, you would keep all your readers drunk for a week. If there is no still, there is no moonshine. Just calling it moonshine does not make it moonshine. Speaking from experience