Apple Pie Moonshine Cocktail

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Calling all apple pie lovers! Get ready for one of the best fall cocktails you can make this season. With the crisp taste of apple and the warming effects of moonshine whiskey, the Apple Pie Moonshine Cocktail is exactly what you need to serve on an icy cold day.  

Apple Pie Moonshine cocktail ingredients

There are endless options to consider while you’re figuring out what to mix Apple Pie Moonshine with.  Mixing up, tasting, (and sometimes pouring out) drinks is half the fun of cocktail making. If your creations work, bottoms up! If not, try again. Keep going until you reach that ‘a-ha’ moment. And when you do, make sure you write down every single ingredient. Magic doesn’t happen every day.

So let’s chat about the Apple Pie Moonshine cocktail ingredients. First up is apple liqueur. When choosing one, we suggest an apple forward schnapps. Made with Granny Smith apples, it will add a crispy and slightly tart taste, and won’t be overly sweet.

Next up is the apple cider – and you want to keep this in your fridge. When choosing a bottle, look for an apple cider that’s low in sugar and free of any artificial flavors. Fresh is best, and you’ll know it’s starting to turn if it becomes darker, starts frothing, or has a sour vinegar taste. When that happens, throw it out (or make a salad).  

The last very important ingredient worth mentioning is moonshine whiskey. This spirit dates back to the 18th century and is named after the sneaky tradition of creating alcohol at night to avoid detection. The good news is that moonshine is no longer considered contraband, so you won’t get into any trouble. Today, moonshine simply refers to unaged whiskey bottled straight off the sill. You should easily (and legally) be able to buy a bottle in most liquor shops. The original recipe calls for apple pie-flavored moonshine, but you can use a non-flavored version and amp up the recipe with apple schnapps instead.  

Apple Pie Moonshine cocktail recipe

Once you have all your Apple Moonshine Cocktail ingredients, the recipe couldn’t be simpler. If you’re not a country bumpkin and don’t have any farm-style jars lying around then go ahead and serve these in garnished highball glasses instead.  



For an extra burst of spicy cinnamon flavor, use a teaspoon of infused simple syrup instead of ground cinnamon. 


Once opened, apple cider should last in your fridge for around 7 – 10 days. When the cider turns darker and has a vinegar-like smell, it’s time to throw it out.


Brush your apple slices with lemon juice to keep them from browning. 



1 Person

5 Oz

150 Ml

5 Parts

Apple liqueur
3 Oz

90 Ml

3 Parts

Apple cider
1.5 Oz

45 Ml

1.5 Parts

Moonshine whiskey
Pinch of cinnamon
Drops of vanilla extract
Apple slices, cinnamon stick, and caramel sauce for garnish (optional)



Half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice 


Add all the ingredients (except the apple slices and caramel)  


Shake for around 30 seconds or until ice cold


If you want to go the extra mile, drizzle caramel into a mason jar or highball glass 


Strain the liquid into your ice-filled serving glass and drop in a few apple slices and a cinnamon stick

Expert tips for making the Apple Pie Moonshine cocktail

Every cocktail has some tips and tricks to make it better and the Apple Pie Moonshine is no different. Here are a few handy tips to keep in mind when mixing up these delicious apple-flavored drinks.  

  1. If you can’t find Apple Pie Moonshine, opt for a normal bottle of moonshine instead and add apple schnapps to your recipe. 
  2. Brush your apple slices with lemon juice to keep them from browning. 
  3. For an extra burst of sweet cinnamon flavor, use a teaspoon of infused simple syrup instead of ground cinnamon. 
  4. Turn your apple pie moonshine cocktail into a winter sipper. Leave out the ice, warm up all the ingredients in a saucepan and decant into a glass mug. Top with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon.  

How to store the apple pie moonshine?

If you’re making your own apple pie moonshine, you can store it in an airtight jar in your fridge. It should last for up to 4 months.  

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Apple Pie Moonshine is very apple-forward with lovely notes of cinnamon. It tastes just like apple pie

Different flavors will have different shelf-lives. As a general rule, when stored correctly and sealed tight, flavored moonshine will last around 2 years. Once opened, it will last for about 6 months if stored in the fridge.

There are loads of options when it comes to moonshine mixers. Some of the most popular are cola, grapefruit juice, apple cider, ginger ale and iced tea.

You can serve your Apple Pie Moonshine cocktail chilled or warmed up.