Delicious Butter Pecan Moonshine

Delicious Butter Pecan Moonshine

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. 

Modern Moonshine from Modern Ingredients

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. 

 This recipe includes salted caramel moonshine. 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. This is simply a more cost-effective way to make this recipe. 




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.

How to Make Sugar Shine

Making sugar shine is a simple process. 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 Mist 1 Gallon Air Still. 



The Mist 1 Gallon 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!



whiskey copper moonshine still



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:

  1. This recipe uses a slower cooker to achieve its syrupy consistency. 
  2. Combine brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt in your slow cooker. 
  3. Whisk in water. 
  4. Cover and cook on high, stirring every 30 minutes, until you get a thick syrupy consistency. This usually takes about 3 hours. 
  5. Whisk in butter until melted. Stir in pecans and vanilla.