One of my favorite new drinks is flavored “moonshine”. No, we’re not distilling (totes illegal- don’t do it), but flavoring grain alcohol with fun different creations. It’s a delicious (and super strong) drink base, it makes for a fabulous gift, and it’s pretty easy and inexpensive. This Cherry Pie Moonshine is beyond delicious and is perfect for Christmas or Valentines Day- and makes a great group gift! (you’ll get 8 mason jars full, so you can spread the love around!)
You can drink this moonshine straight, or mix it with sprite, ginger ale or tonic for a fizzy drink- or use as a base in all sorts of drinks!
One note- this is STRONG. Everclear is 190 proof- even though we’ve added juice to this, it is SUPER strong. Be careful because these can sneak up on you! Always be sure to drink in moderation, and have a designated driver. And if you are giving these as a gift, make sure your recipient is over 21!
I added super simple and fun embellishments from Martha Stewart’s crafts line at Joann Fabric and Crafts to the mason jars- I just cut enough ribbon to tie around the jars and made a simple bow. You could also add a gift tag to them for more festive fun!
If you like this recipe, be sure to check out my Apple Pie Moonshine!
And my Peach Pie recipe!
- 2 32 ounce jars all cherry juice
- 2 cans tart cherries in heavy syrup
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 liter bottle everclear
- 8 8 oz sized mason jars
- In a large saucepan, bring all ingredients but everclear to a boil.
- Stir to make sure sugar completely dissolves, remove from heat.
- Let cool.
- Pour in Everclear.
- Pour into sterilized mason jars.
- Moonshine can be consumed immediately, but gets better after time. 2+ weeks is ideal!