Crock-Pot Apple Pie Moonshine Recipe (2024)

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Apple cider and cinnamon sticks are simmered in the slow cooker and then added to Everclear or Vodka in this recipe forCrock-Pot Apple Pie Moonshine. Delicious flavored adult beverage that is perfect for fall and winter sipping!

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Slow Cooker Apple Pie Moonshine

In my husbands family this recipe forCrock-Pot Apple Pie Moonshine is a traditional Christmas Eve beverage. My husbands grandfather has made this mixed drink, or flavored beverage, for years and all the men in the family sit and gather in the basem*nt laughing, telling jokes and sipping on this drink.

It is also given as gifts to all the adults in the family so that we all can sip and savor it all year long.

Once the jars are open you can keep this drink in the refrigerator to drink cold (I think it tastes better cold) and will last all year long (or longer).

Please remember that this is a strong alcoholic adult beverage and it goes without saying that you should keep it away from children and of course, drink responsibly.

Our family uses Everclear which is 195 proof (95% alcohol) which means it is STRONG. Everclear is not always available everywhere, so if you cannot find it at your local liquor store then feel free to use another strong proof alcohol such as vodka.

This recipe makes about 105 shot sized servings. And are these Mason Jar Shot Glasses are PERFECT for serving in!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this recipe really moonshine?

Because you are not distilling moonshine in your slow cooker this recipe is not true moonshine. Instead you are flavoring a strong distilled spirit to make a highly alcoholic flavored co*cktail.

If I cannot buy Everclear where I live what I can I use instead?

In some states in the US and some countries Everclear is not available. If you do not have access to moonshine or Everclear then we suggest using a high proof vodka.

How long can I store this apple pie moonshine?

When stores in a dark cool place this apple pie moonshine will store for many years. The high alcohol content makes it hard to spoil. You will drink it before it goes bad.

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Crock-Pot Apple Pie Moonshine Recipe

Heidi Kennedy

Sip away on this hillybilly co*cktail. Made with just three ingredients (apple cider, Everclear and cinnamon) this apple pie moonshine is full of flavor and punch! If you don't have access to Everclear you can use vodka!

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Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Cook Time 8 hours hrs

Total Time 8 hours hrs 5 minutes mins

Course Beverages

Cuisine American

Servings 105 Shots

Calories 41 kcal



  • Add apple cider and cinnamon sticks to a 5-quart or larger slow cooker.

  • Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.

  • Turn off slow cooker and allow the cider to cool to room temperature.

  • Once the apple cider is cooled to room temperature. open the lid and add the Everclear (or vodka if using).

  • Ladle apple pie moonshine into five clean 1-quart canning jars (or bottles of your choice) and place lids and rings on just until finger tight.

  • Let the jars sit in a cool dark place for 30 days to allow the alcohol to take the flavor of the cider.

  • This is shelf stable and can be kept on the counter, or if you prefer it chilled, in the refrigerator.


NOTE: This is a strong adult beverage. Serving size is one shot glass.


Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 0.03g | Fat: 0.04g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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Does apple pie moonshine need to be refrigerated after opening? ›

Storing opened flavored moonshine in the refrigerator prolongs its shelf life. The refrigerator temperatures slow down when the sugars and added flavors go bad. Unopened flavored moonshine can last for years, un-refrigerated and away from sunlight.

Why is my apple pie moonshine cloudy? ›

Apple cider often has sediment in it, so do not be alarmed if it looks cloudy. Let sit undisturbed for at least 5 days, although I consider a week the minimum. The product must remain cool during aging and storage thereafter.

How many apples does it take to make moonshine? ›

Ingredients: 12 lbs apples (tart apples work best) 3 cans 100% apple juice concentrate (frozen) 6 lbs white sugar 6 gallons spring water 2 packets dry yeast (4 ½ teaspoons using bulk yeast) Directions: 1.

How do you know if apple pie moonshine has gone bad? ›

Foul Taste

If the container is sealed and kept in a secure location (assuming that the manufacturer properly distilled the moonshine), it won't hurt you to take a sip to evaluate the flavor. Although technically safe to drink, moonshine that “goes bad” will have an unpleasant taste.

Does moonshine get stronger with age? ›

No, in fact the longer any distilled spirit stays in a barrel (which is the only time that it ages for) the more alcohol is lost to evaporation.

How can you tell if homemade moonshine is bad? ›

Moonshine does go bad, and you can determine this by taking a small sip which will have a foul taste or taste worse than you expected. Drinking moonshine that is old or contaminated can result in adverse effects.

Does Ole Smoky apple pie moonshine go bad? ›

- Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. “How long will a jar keep unopened.” Different flavors will have different life spans. Generally they will last two years unopened and about six months after opening.

Why did my moonshine come out brown? ›

There's two possibilities, one is that you had some junk left in the still (what is your still made from?) or you ran the boiler too hard and the product bubbled up and "puked" where the mash bubbles and goes up the still.

How long to store apple pie moonshine? ›

How long does flavored moonshine last. It all depends on how you store your apple pie moonshine. In an airtight container, it should last 3 - 4 months in the back of your refrigerator. If you seal your jars properly in your mason jars, they can last up to three years.

How do you make moonshine taste smooth? ›

If you think your distillate is a little sharp or has a bit too much of that 'alcohol burn,' adding a few drops of glycerine can reduce the harshness, add mellowness and improve mouthfeel. Glycerine is also used by homebrewers to round out the flavour and reduce the ageing time of the spirit.

Where do you store apple pie moonshine? ›

You can store your apple moonshine in sealed mason jars in a cool, dry place, rather than the refrigerator. And, if you used liquor with a high percentage of alcohol, it should stay fresh for years. Just be sure to keep your jars completely closed and out of the sun.

Does moonshine go bad in heat? ›

Keep it at Room Temperature

And while it won't make the liquor “go bad,” heat — especially from direct sunlight — can increase oxidation rates, causing a change in flavors and loss of color.

How long does it take for apples to ferment into alcohol? ›

Fermentation will usually take three to six weeks, depending on temperature and yeast, and once it has ceased, immediately siphon the cider off the sediment into a clean fermenter. Repeat this process after a few weeks or when another sediment has formed. The cider should clear naturally.

How do you can moonshine in mason jars? ›

If you are canning, be sure your jars are sterilized before adding the moonshine to them. Fill your jars with moonshine being sure to leave at least 1/2 inch at the top. Wipe the rim of the jar with a clean towel. Add the canning lids.

How long is apple pie moonshine good for after opening? ›

How long does flavored moonshine last. It all depends on how you store your apple pie moonshine. In an airtight container, it should last 3 - 4 months in the back of your refrigerator. If you seal your jars properly in your mason jars, they can last up to three years.

Does moonshine go bad if not refrigerated? ›

Typically moonshine doesn't require refrigeration for storage. Storing your moonshine in the fridge will not damage it. Direct sunlight, heat and oxygen are going to be the biggest issues you will face. So you need to keep your bottle closed and in the dark if you can.

What happens if you don't refrigerate moonshine? ›

Keep it at Room Temperature

Thanks to their high alcohol content, most distilled spirits — including whiskey, vodka, gin, rum, and tequila — do not require refrigeration. However, if the temperature gets too high , the alcohol will expand and evaporate.

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