DIY Moonshine

image source: colleen kennedy
image source: colleen kennedy

Ever think about making your own moonshine? You’ll be amazed what you can whip up in no time at all in your kitchen … no still required!

I may or may not be know in my circle as a bootlegger. Well, not exactly a bootlegger … just a gal who loves to whip up her own spirits. Flavored moonshines include chocolate liquor (that is almost better than any dessert) and Irish cream (which will put the brand we all know to shame).

People will go to any lengths for one of my bottles of hooch! Seriously though.

Want to be the life of the party or just give a really great hostess, holiday, or party gift? Make your own moonshine! 

Image Source: Colleen Kennedy
Image Source: Colleen Kennedy

It’s easy, less expensive, and way more delicious than what you will find in the liquor store. A bottle of this Apple Cider or Blueberry Pie Moonshine is sure to leave an impression!

And for all of you purists out there, yes, technically this is not “real” moonshine, but man does it taste good! And unlike moonshine made in the “woods,” you won’t have to worry about toxicity or lead levels. 

Warning: opening a jar of this Apple Cider Moonshine may lead to quite a few stories, that may or may not be told over and over again! (Ummm, not that I know anything about that.) Cheers!

Image Source: Colleen Kennedy
Image Source: Colleen Kennedy

Apple Cider Moonshine

Makes: 2 quart-sized jars


  • 32 ounces fresh apple cider
  • 32 ounces natural apple juice
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 1/2 of a 750 ml bottle grain alcohol (80-150 proof, depending on how strong you want it)


  1. Combine the cider, juice, sugars, and cinnamon sticks and bring to a vigorous boil. Continue boiling for 10 minutes, reducing the heat a bit.
  2. Remove the mixture from the heat and cool completely. Once the mixture is at room temperature, pour in the grain alcohol and stir.
  3. Pour the moonshine into mason jars and refrigerate until drinking or gifting. Store the moonshine in a cold garage or refrigerator. Give it a quick shake before pouring.

Notes: Add in a few dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg if the apple cider isn’t well spiced. To make the moonshine stronger, add in additional grain alcohol. To make it weaker, add in extra cider. Play with it to get the bite and flavor you desire. It keeps well in the fridge for 4 weeks or more (depends on how fresh your cider was). I like to place it in the freezer about an hour before drinking. It will freeze up a bit, but I love the icy bits.

*This is equally delicious warm out of the pot minus the alcohol — a favorite of my kids!

Blueberry Pie Moonshine

Makes: just over a quart


  • 2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick, snapped in half
  • 1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2-3/4 cup grain alcohol (80-150 proof, depending on how strong you want it)


  1. Combine 2 cups of the blueberries, water, sugars, and cinnamon stick in a pot. Bring to a boil. Continue boiling for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, mash berries with a potato masher and allow the liquid to cool to room temperature.
  3. Once cool, strain out the mashed berries and add in the lemon juice, grain alcohol, and the remaining 1/2 cup of blueberries. (The amount of grain alcohol added depends on your preferred strength.) Taste and adjust.
  4. Sweetness and flavor of blueberries will vary, so tasting along the way is recommended. Store in jars in your refrigerator until ready to enjoy or gift.

Notes: Sometimes grain alcohol is found behind the register at your liquor store. Also, you can substitute the blueberries and water for blueberry juice. Just opt for natural, sugar-free juice. If you can only find sugared juice, omit the added sugars in the recipe.  

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