Apple Pie in a Glass :: The Tipsy Treat that Makes a Great Holiday Gift

Several years ago, my mother-in-law shared a recipe for Apple Pie Moonshine with me. It’s not a true moonshine, it’s more like a big batch cocktail that’s super strong. It’s got an incredible apple cinnamon flavor with a hint of vanilla, just like a slice of apple pie. Its very high alcohol content is masked the longer it mellows, so it is as dangerous as it is delish!
Make a batch and bottle it up as gifts this holiday season! I have the supplies needed below as well as a few cocktail recipes you can make with it!

Apple Pie in a Glass

This VERY LARGE BATCH recipe makes just under 2 and a half gallons of moonshine. If you’re using the 5-ounce bottles I suggest below, you’ll have enough to fill 60 bottles with about 2 cups left to spare.

1  bottle (750-ml) of Everclear (I used Total Wine’s Emerald Springs 190 because I couldn’t find Everclear anywhere)
2 cups Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
2 cups vanilla vodka or whipped cream vodka
1 gallon apple cider (you can substitute apple juice if you can’t find cider)
1 gallon apple juice
3 cups brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
12-15 cinnamon sticks

In a large stock pot, add your apple juice, apple cider, and cinnamon sticks. Bring it to a simmer and then add in the brown sugar and the white sugar.

Stir slowly for about 5 minutes until the sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat and let the liquid cool to room temperature. This will take several hours. I like to cover mine and leave it overnight. It is very important not to rush this step — if the mixture is too warm when you add the other ingredients, some of the alcohol will evaporate (and we don’t want that!).

Once the mixture has reached room temperature, pour in the Everclear, Captain Morgan, and vanilla/whipped cream vodka and mix well.

Now you just need to bottle it however you’d like. Some people like mason jars, but we like to use these bottles from Amazon. (I like to wash my bottles in the dishwasher and let them dry on the counter overnight prior to filling.) They’re actually hot sauce bottles, but I like that I can seal them with shrink capsules using a hair dryer or heat gun and make them look less homemade. I like to make a pretty label and print it on full sheet label paper, then cut the labels and apply to the bottles. (I found a free stock photo online and made my own labels in Photoshop.) In the past, I’ve also made little recipe cards with cocktail recipes and attached them to the necks of the bottles.

Caramel Appletini

1 1/2 oz. Apple Pie in a Glass
1 oz. caramel vodka
1 1/2 oz. whipped cream vodka
1 oz. ginger ale

In a shaker with ice, add ingredients, shake and strain into a chilled martini glass rimmed in caramel and graham cracker crumbs.

Hot Apple Pie

3 oz. Apple Pie in a Glass
1/2-1 oz. Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey

In a shaker with ice, add ingredients, shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Apple Pie with a Cherry on Top

3 oz. Apple Pie in a Glass
3 oz. apple cider
1 oz. Amaretto

Pour into coffee mug and heat for 45 seconds. Top with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.


Joey Yearous
Joey is a New Orleans native, Dominican alum, and LSU grad who joined the ranks of motherhood in the summer of 2019. She and her Colorado born-and-raised husband, Phil, left their Mid-City apartment for a house on the Northshore about ten days before they welcomed their son, Sam, into the world. A short 19 months later, their daughter Sloane arrived and their caboose Nicholas completed their family 17 months after that. Though she’s always had a passion for writing, it’s her work in whole-home generator sales that pays the bills. Her 3 kiddos keep her busy, but when she’s got a free moment, you can find her cooking, trying new restaurants, and listening to true crime podcasts. A consummate Pinterest fanatic, she’s always looking for her next DIY project or recipe to try. She believes good senses of humor and random acts of kindness make the world go ‘round.


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