This sweet moonshine recipe makes dessert in a jar! The perfect sweet spirit for sippin’, shootin’, or using as a base in your next favorite cocktail.
Growing up in the south, we have developed a deep love for all things pecan. From toasting these tasty nuts to enjoying in my favorite desserts, it made us wonder if we could combine this childhood favorite with our moonshine.
While many may falsely believe that moonshine is a harsh white whiskey only reserved for those who love hard liquor, it couldn’t be less true. In fact, moonshine can be almost anything you want it to be. This is because moonshine can be made out of such a wide variety of ingredients.
Traditionally, moonshine was made from grains. This is because when the early pioneers were settling in America (before it was even a country!) the farmers would ferment their excess grain.
At first, it was likely as a way to preserve their excess harvest. However, it was soon discovered that corn was far more valuable when fermented into whiskey. In fact, it was even used as a form of currency at that time.
First Things First
Before we get started, let's check out what you need to make your first moonshine mash.
Our starter kit has everything you need to get started making moonshine. Our Starter Kit includes:
- 5 gallon pot
- Mash paddle
- a copy of our How to Make Moonshine e-book
How to Make Pecan Moonshine
Today, moonshine is able to be made from a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and even simple sugar. In fact, making moonshine from sugar (better known as sugar shine) is a simple and cost-effective way to make moonshine that you plan on flavoring.
Sugar shine is an easy way to make moonshine. It produces the ideal shine for flavoring because it does not have a lot of flavor and it is cheap to produce.
For this recipe, we will be using both a sugar shine as well as a flavored sugar shine as our main cocktail ingredients.
Better than Ole Smoky Pecan Whiskey
With rising costs all around us, why not save a little money where you can? Making your own moonshine is not only fun, but it also saves you a lot of money.
With a simple sugar shine, you can make all of your favorite liqueurs at a fraction of the cost. Imagine being able to stock your bar with all your favorite spirits without cost being a factor. This is one fun DIY that can save you lots of money.
Salted Caramel Moonshine
Salted caramel. That has to be one of our favorite word combinations, especially when it comes to taste.
This recipe includes salted caramel moonshine. Salted caramel moonshine is simple to make and is a great base for many cocktails as well as a perfect addition to your morning coffee. ;)
Here is a simple tutorial on how you can flavor your moonshine to turn it into salted caramel moonshine.
Alternatively, you can swap out the salted caramel moonshine for caramel vodka. But who wants to pay those liquor store prices? This is simply a more cost-effective way to make this recipe. It’s a fun and simple way to save money.
Butter Pecan Syrup
This recipe can also calls for butter pecan syrup. You are welcome to purchase this item ready-made, but we have also included instructions on how to make this product at home if you want an extra challenge.
Perhaps challenge is too strong of a word. We think once you learn how to make this recipe you are going to want to enjoy it as often as you can.
How to Make Sugar Shine
Making sugar shine is a simple process. It is arguably the simplest way to make moonshine as well as the cheapest.
In essence, you are simply dissolving sugar in water and then adding yeast. Here is a simple step-by-step video that shows how to make 1 gallon of sugar shine.
This recipe was created specifically for the Moonshine Cherry Air Still.
The Moonshine Cherry Air Still. is the easiest to use still in our craft still collection. Its compact and simple design is about the size of a kitchen kettle and just as easy to use. Its plug-and-play design means that it requires no water. Instead, you simply press a button and collect your spirits!
Adding a Moonshine Cherry Air Still to your moonshine arsenal means you can enjoy delicious moonshine with less work, smaller equipment, all in the comfort of your kitchen.
Butter Pecan Syrup Recipe
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 5 teaspoons cornstarch
- Dash salt
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup butter, cubed
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions for Butter Pecan Syrup:
- This recipe uses a slower cooker to achieve its syrupy consistency.
- Combine brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt in your slow cooker.
- Whisk in water.
- Cover and cook on high, stirring every 30 minutes, until you get a thick syrupy consistency. This usually takes about 3 hours.
- Whisk in butter until melted. Stir in pecans and vanilla.
Butter Pecan Moonshine Drink Recipes
Once you have created your butter pecan moonshine it is time to find lots of ways to enjoy it. Of course, a drink this delicious can be enjoyed on its own, but there are so many ways to make this moonshine the star of every cocktail.
Pecan Pie Moonshine Cream Cocktail
Pecan pie is a traditional holiday favorite that can be easily enjoyed all year round. Why not kick the sweet taste with a little hint of moonshine?
This delicious drink is a great treat for those who love the sweeter things in life. While the moonshine and the cream soda kick the sugar up high, the club soda is a great balance that makes this drink and delicious option for everyone.
- 2 oz Butter Pecan Moonshine
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 can club soda
- 4 oz cream soda
- Butterscotch or caramel, for drizzling
- Whipped cream (optional)
- The first step is to dial up the drama by rimming your glass with butterscotch or caramel. Of course, this step is optional but highly suggested. In order to do this step, simply pour about ½ cup of caramel or butterscotch onto a small plate that just fits your glass. A saucer or small side plate is ideal.
- Next, dip the sides of your glass into the caramel or butterscotch slowly making sure to coat your glass as evenly as possible by rotating a few times.
- Now that you have your rim, you can add your moonshine, brown sugar, vanilla extract abd cream soda to your glass.
- Lightly stir.
- Your drink will fizz up. Once the fizz subsides, you can add your club soda.
- Top with whip cream and caramel drizzle.
Butter Pecan Moonshine Coffee
Moonshine is a delicious and fun way to perk uo your morning. Our butter pecan moonshine coffee is a great little pick me up that is a great start to your morning.
Our recipe starts with your choice of coffee. Whether you want a decaf to enjoy this drink as a nightcap or a strong bold brew to wake you up in the morning, the choice is yours.
- I cup of the coffee of your choice ¾ full
- 2 tablespoons of heavy cream
- 2 oz of butter pecan moonshine
- Caramel or butterscotch syrup (optional)
- Whipped cream (optional)
- The first step is to rim your mug with caramel or butterscotch. This step is optional, but strongly encouraged for both aestheitc and taste.
- Using a small plate or saucer pour a circle of caramel or butterscotch about the diameter of your mug of choice. Plug your mug upside down in the syrup and rotate it completely to coat the rim evenly.
- Once the rim is covered, you can pour your coffee into your mug. Be sure to leave room for the moonshine and the cream in your mug.
- Add your moonshine and the cream and stir well. Top with whip cream and caramel drizzle.