This apple pie moonshine cocktail really resembles the flavors of apple pie. The cocktail is super smooth and ridiculously easy to drink.
I really want to go apple picking this weekend. You may be wondering… where the heck do you go apple picking in Los Angeles? Well, about 90 minutes east of LA apple orchards exist! There are quite a few orchards to choose from in Oak Glen and Yucaipa.
My go-to apple orchard in Oak Glen offers the most delicious freshly pressed apple cider as well as scrumptious mini apple cider doughnuts. (If I get to go this Saturday, I’ll be sure to share photos on Instagram!)
In the meantime, I’ll be sipping on this apple pie moonshine cocktail.
Apple Pie Cocktail
Are you excited?! You should be. APPLE PIE moonshine cocktail. This is one crazy drink. It actually tastes like 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. This moonshine cocktail really resembles the flavors of apple pie. 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 old plain apple juice. It can be fresh, from a juice box, bottled, etc. Pressed apple cider is also a great option. Non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider is another tasty choice.
- Cinnamon Simple Syrup
Simple syrup is equal parts water and sugar cooked to a liquid. Cinnamon sticks are steeped in the simple syrup for a delicious infused simple syrup.
Asides from cocktails, cinnamon simple syrup is great for sweetening coffee, tea, or oatmeal!
- Lemon Juice
Fresh squeezed lemon juice tastes best. I would stay away from those pre-packaged bottled lemon juice sold at supermarkets.
While I’m serving this cocktail chilled, I think it would be 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. Just be sure to keep this drink from kids. It smells too much like apple pie, and the alcohol doesn’t hit you until it’s too late.
Cheers! Have a great weekend, friends!
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.
If apple pie cocktail isn’t your thing, have a look at my apple pie!