This apple pie moonshine cocktail really resembles the flavors of apple pie. The cocktail is super smooth and ridiculously easy to drink.
Farewell, Summer Pimm’s Cup and Stone Fruit Sangria, it’s all about apples now!
I really want to go apple picking this weekend.
Where can you pick apples in Los Angeles?
There are quite a few orchards to choose from in Oak Glen and Yucaipa (about 90 minutes each of LA!).
Until I can go apple picking, I’ll happily sip on apple pie moonshine cocktail!
Apple Pie Cocktail
Are you excited?! You should be.
APPLE PIE moonshine cocktail. This is one crazy drink.
This cocktail actually tastes like liquid apple pie!
I didn’t think it was possible, but this apple pie moonshine by Junior’s Midnight Moon is the real deal.
This is the kind of cocktail where you can’t taste the alcohol.
Plus, the cocktail is super smooth and ridiculously easy to drink.
It smells wonderfully delicious, like freshly baked pie.
The addition of cinnamon simple syrup kicks up the autumn flavors.
Plus, if you make a big batch of cinnamon simple syrup, you can use it sweeten your coffee or tea!
- Apple Pie Moonshine
- There are many varieties of apple pie moonshine now available.
- I created this recipe using Junior’s Midnight Moon. It is occasionally sold at Costco.
- Apple Juice
- Use regular plain apple juice (fresh, juice box, bottle, etc.)
- Pressed apple cider and non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider are also great options.
- Cinnamon Simple Syrup
- Simple syrup is equal parts water and sugar cooked together.
- Cinnamon sticks are steeped in the mixture for to create a delicious infused simple syrup.
- Simple is great for sweetening coffee, tea, or other drinks!
- Lemon Juice
- Fresh squeezed juice is BEST.
- Stay away from those pre-packaged bottled lemon juice sold in lemon shaped plastic containers.
While I prefer to serve this cocktail chilled, it is equally amazing warm with fresh apple cider.
You could even add a dollop of cinnamon whipped cream to make this drink even more heavenly.
And if you really want to booze it up, spike the drink with a little bourbon.
As with all alcoholic beverages, please enjoy in moderation.
This cocktail smells too much like apple pie, and the alcohol doesn’t hit you until it’s too late!
Apple Pie Moonshine Cocktail
Yield: serves 2, multiply as needed
- 4 oz apple pie moonshine*
- 4 oz apple juice
- 2 oz cinnamon simple syrup recipe follows
- 1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
- apple slices, to garnish
- cinnamon sticks, to garnish
Cinnamon Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- In a cocktail shaker, combine apple pie moonshine, apple juice, cinnamon simple syrup, and lemon juice. Fill shaker 2/3 full of ice. Stir for 10-15 seconds to chill drink. Strain ice. Serve cocktail with new ice. Garnish with sliced apples and cinnamon sticks.
Cinnamon Simple Syrup:
- In a medium sauce pot, add water, sugar, and cinnamon sticks. Set over medium heat and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Cover pot and let mixture steep for 30 minutes. Strain out cinnamon sticks. Allow cinnamon simple syrup to cool to room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge until ready to use. Keeps in the fridge for 2 weeks.
- There are many brands of apple pie moonshine. I prefer the one by Junior’s Midnight Moon.
- Use any apple juice (fresh, juice box, bottled). Apple cider and sparkling apple cider are also great options.
- Fresh squeezed lemon juice is best. Stay away from those pre-packed bottle lemon juice that is sold in a lemon shaped plastic container.
- Simple syrup keeps in the fridge for two to four weeks.
Reader Questions and Reviews
Gorgeous styling! These look super delicious too!
My husband makes apple pie moonshine! This looks and sounds fabulous. I’m so glad I discovered your site! Pinning this and the fig tart for sure. (Hubby is making fig wine as we speak…)
Homemade apple pie moonshine?! LUCKY! And fig wine?! When can I come over? ;)
Apple pie MOONSHINE?! With CINNAMON STICK flavors?! How am I just now learning this is a thing? I’ve added it to my shopping list,!
It’s amazing! I can’t wait to try their other flavors!
Wish I had one of these cocktails to devour right now – they look and sound absolutely delicious. I adore your presentation of them too!
I love any drink that involves apples but this one looks truly amazing! Beautiful pictures, thanks for the recipe!
Thanks Monika! Cheers!
Do you use apple juice (like Motts) or apple cider you would purchase at an Orchard?
Fresh apple cider from an orchard would be best, but regular store-bought apple juice works fine. Apple juice (like Motts) tends to be a little sweeter, so adjust the amount of simple syrup to taste.
Can we use ground cinnamon instead of cinnamon sticks for the cinnamon simple syrup? I already have ground cinnamon and the sticks were $9 at the store :(
Unfortunately, you won’t get the same results with ground cinnamon. Instead of a smooth simple syrup, it will be a muddy and chunky mess. You can usually buy bags of cinnamon sticks for less than $5 at ethnic markets.
I’ve made it with ground cinnamon but you have to strain it through a coffee filter, which is a huge hassle and you go through about a dozen filters before your done. Definitely better to just use sticks.
This looks fantastic, and I want to make it for an upcoming party! Can you make a big batch of this by just scaling up the ingredients proportionally, or would it need additional adjustments?
Hi Erin! Yes, to make a large batch simply double/triple/etc ingredients as necessary. I would mix it all in a large container (without ice). Let it sit the fridge until party time. Add ice once you’re ready to serve!
We found it too sweet. Cut the simple syrup by half and it was perfect. Huge hit at our outdoor summer gathering. Thanks!
we made a enough t=for 16 people then put the pitcher in the freezer for few hours. Just started to turn slushy when we served it over ice. Perfect.
Amazing flavor! Followed directions as listed- definitely a crowd favorite!
(SN: we did also add caramel drizzle for an extra twist of flavor)
Thank you for trying the recipe! I’m glad you enjoyed it! Nice twist with the caramel drizzle!