Here is a basic recipe for the legendary apple pie moonshine. It’s really easy to make, and you don’t even need moonshine (though you can’t really call it apple pie moonshine if you don’t use moonshine.)
1 gallon apple cider
1 gallon apple juice
3 cups white sugar
8 cinnamon sticks
1 liter bottle of 190 proof moonshine or grain alcohol
- In a large stock pot, combine the apple cider, apple juice, sugar, and cinnamon sticks.
- Bring it to a boil, then take it off the heat and allow it to cool.
- Add the liter of high proof liquor.
- Pour this into mason jars, put the lids on, and let it mellow out. You could drink it right away, but it does get better after a couple of weeks.
This recipe makes about 9 quarts of apple pie moonshine. You could easily cut this recipe in half if that is too much.
Warning! Apple pie moonshine will sneak up on you! This stuff is so smooth and tasty. Use with CAUTION!
Note On Alcohol:
To make apple pie moonshine, you can use 190 proof grain alcohol like Everclear or you can use moonshine if you can find it. Most of the moonshine that you’ll find has been cut down to about 80 proof. If that’s the case, then you’ll have to add a little more than twice as much 80 proof moonshine, about 2.5 liters, to get the same alcohol content as when you use grain alcohol. That is unless you know for a fact it is 190 proof (in which case you probably know the dude that made it.)
Everclear comes in two strengths: 190 proof and 151 proof. In some states you can only buy the 151 proof product. It is altogether illegal in a few other states. Check the list of states (from Wikipedia):
In the United States, it is illegal to sell the 190-proof variety in California, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina,  Ohio, Washington, West Virginia, and Virginia.
It is legal to sell Everclear 190 in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, and in some military stores within the continental United States.
The 151-proof variety is legally available for sale in California, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and some other states.
Moonshine Quick Tip:
You can get a rough idea of how strong moonshine is by checking the “bead.” Shake up a bottle of liquor and watch how fast the bubbles dissipate. This is known as checking the bead. The faster the bubbles dissipate, the higher the alcohol content.The bubbles in 190 proof liquor are large and will disappear almost instantly, while the bubbles in 80 proof liquor are smaller, foamier and will take more than a few seconds to disappear. The next time you’re in a liquor store you can check this out for yourself. Grab a bottle of high proof liquor like Everclear and shake it. Then shake up a regular bottle of 80 proof vodka and compare the bead.