Ah, apple pie. An American staple. Grandma’s favorite. You know it, and so do I.
Everyone has a fond memory of this warm, delicious treat, so why not make it alcoholic?
While apple pie is a symbol of American national pride and prosperity, it’s also one of the most celebrated flavors of moonshine out there, and for good reason.
One of the best things about apple brandy or apple flavoured moonshine is that it can be enjoyed warm and spiced in the long winter months, or over ice in the summer as a refreshing, fruity cocktail.
With fall right around the corner and apples ripe for the picking, I wanted to share my favourite Apple Brandy Recipe — it tastes just like apple pie!
The key to this recipe is actually to not use any apples at all. Using equal parts apple cider and apple juice gives it that delicious and smooth fall taste — and makes it that much easier! However, for the fullest flavour, I recommend checking out a local farmers market or orchard for fresh cider, juice and spices.
Be sure to make this recipe a few weeks before you plan to consume it. It needs time to sit and soak up all of the spicy and flavoury goodness.
Expert Tips for Apple Brandy
Use a very large stock pot or crock pot to make this apple pie moonshine flavoured recipe. I sometimes even use two and evenly divide the ingredients between them.
You can use any size canning jars, but I prefer classic mason jars to store and tightly seal this fall seat.
Before sealing the mason jars, place a new cinnamon stick in each jar.
Store the jars in a cool, dark place for at least two weeks before consuming.
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While apple flavoured moonshine is one of the most classic and celebrated moonshine flavours, there are many other fun flavours you can try with your homemade moonshine.
Looking for more? Check out all of our homemade moonshine recipes
Apple Pie Moonshine Recipe
This apple flavoured moonshine is an easy recipe you can make at home. Serve it for special occasions or present it as gifts to friends and family. Either way, you’ll enjoy this delicious and flavourful fall recipe!
1 gallon apple cider
1 gallon apple juice
2 cups white sugar
2 cups brown sugar
6 cinnamon sticks (plus more for canning)
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
750 ml vodka (of your choice)
750 ml moonshine
In a large stock pot (or crock pot) combine the apple cider, apple juice, sugars, cinnamon sticks and spices. Bring to an almost boil. Cover the pot with a lid and reduce heat. Simmer for one hour.
Remove the pot from the heat and allow the mixture to cool.
Once cooled, remove the cinnamon sticks. Stir in the moonshine and vodka.
Transfer the apple pie moonshine into sterilized quart jars or mason jars and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
This apple pie moonshine can be enjoyed immediately, however for the best flavour store it sealed in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks before drinking. Shake well before serving.
- Like most moonshine, the longer this apple pie moonshine recipe sits, the better it gets. For the best flavour, store it sealed in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks before drinking. Shake well before serving.
- Double this recipe easily for a bigger batch during the holiday season!
- You can serve this flavourful fall drink straight or on the rocks. Feel free to have fun garnishing it with a cinnamon stick, a couple of cloves, a slice of apple or even a lightly sugared rim.
Calories 409, Carbs 106 grams, Sodium 1 milligrams, Fiber 4 grams, Sugar 100 grams