Cherry Pie Moonshine

cherry pie moonshine- this is a more delicious and less expensive gift than a bottle of wine!


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!)

Cherry Pie Moonshine


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 drinks to be super sweet, use cherries in syrup. If you prefer it more tart, use cherries in water. Both are good- just different sugar levels!

If you like this recipe, be sure to check out my Apple Pie Moonshine!

How to make apple pie moonshine- an awesome holiday gift!


And my Peach Pie recipe!

Peach Pie Moonshine - this is SO delicious and easy to make!


 As this is a pretty colored jar, and SO alcoholic, please store out of the reach of kids. This is NOT juice! A child taking a swig of this highly alcoholic drink might constitute an emergency. Seek help immediately.


cherry pie moonshine- this is so delicious and makes a great gift!


Cherry Pie Moonshine
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Serves: 68 oz.
  • 2 32 ounce jars all cherry juice
  • 2 cans tart cherries in heavy syrup
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 liter bottle everclear
  • 8 8 oz sized mason jars
  1. In a large saucepan, bring all ingredients but everclear to a boil.
  2. Stir to make sure sugar completely dissolves, remove from heat.
  3. Let cool.
  4. Pour in Everclear.
  5. Pour into sterilized mason jars.
  6. Moonshine can be consumed immediately, but gets better after time. 2+ weeks is ideal!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 ounces

awesome last minute gift idea for a group- cherry pie moonshine! Easy and inexpensive!





  1. ajaxster says

    I made half a batch of this and waited 2 weeks to drink. It turned out absolutely great. I will make a whole batch soon. It’s good!

  2. Jodi says

    I made a mistake and used I bottle of cherry juice and one bottle of cranberry juice. It’s not sweet enough and I already added the Everclear. Do you think I could add a tsp. or so of corn syrup to each bottle to sweeten it up?

  3. Sarah says

    Does this freeze in the freezer? I normally store my liquor in the freezer so it’s nice and cold but I don’t want to freeze it to an ice cube lol! Thanks! Can’t wait to try the receipt!

  4. Andrew mcconnell says

    okay here’s my question everywhere I go they only have tart cherry juice and dark sweet cherries in heavy syrup so what do I do

    • says

      Andrew- Id buy those, and mix them. Taste the mixture, and add more tart cherry juice or some sugar to get to a flavor you like. Some people like their drinks really sugary- some a bit more tart. So you can play around a bit and taste the mixture before boiling to get a flavor you like. Then you’ll just add the everclear after and be good to go!

    • Debra says

      I have sub Vodka for many Moonshine recipes. I do, however, suggest you buy the cheapest vodka and filter it in a Britta (or like) filter 5x or more to make it taste like the expensive kind.

  5. Claire says

    Sorry to be a killjoy but I am so concerned about the massively high alcohol content in this recipe, the pretty colour and sweet taste will appeal to children so please advise people to place the jars way out of the reach of little ones to avoid danger xx

    • says

      I will add that Claire. My kids smell anything slightly alcoholic and shudder (I know many kids ask for sips, but ours do not like the smell even remotely) so I didn’t think to add one. 😉

  6. Amanda says

    Hi! I’m very excited to make this but the virginia ABC store only sells Everclear White Lightinin which is 90 proof instead of 190 proof like your recipe calls for :( I can order some 190 online but is there a way to make the 90 proof work in the recipe?

  7. Debbie says

    I made this today and can’t wait to make some drinks.
    I got 6 pints out it with a lot of liquid left over. 1 quart of liquid & no cherries, so I opened another can of cherries and just put them in the jar with the cooked liquid (while still warm). Will these still be okay to put away like the rest of the jars?

  8. Lauren K. says

    Sounds delicious!! Thanks for sharing!

    Can I ask, what’s the name of that font you used for “Moonshine” in the first image? Been looking for that calligraphic font! Thanks :)

  9. Skye says

    Your recipe is delicious! The liter size bottles of Everclear aren’t available where I live in California so I just added cherry schnapps I had in my cabinet to make up the difference. I am planning to give trios (half-pint mason jars) of your flavored “shines” as gifts to my relatives this Christmas. Cherry, apple, and peach, oh my! That ought to make me popular. LOL 😉

  10. Jenni says

    I am hoping to try this over the weekend for our upcoming Independence Day celebration. I am not planning on using the 8oz jars because I am planning on making about 2 gallons and I would go broke purchasing 50-60 jars I would need to accommodate a 4 oz serving. What would you reccommend storing a larger portion in until party time when it will be served in a pinch bowl or something of that nature. Thanks I’m advance

      • Jenni says

        Thank you so very much for getting back so quickly! I am VERY much looking forward to enjoying this and if all goes well with the cherry maybe even a bit of the peach pie recipe you have shared as well.

      • Ronnie caud says

        Hi..can you let me know if this needs to be kept in the refrigerator after making? thanks much!!

        • says

          I don’t refrigerate it. There is so much alcohol in everclear it’s hard for anything to grow in it. But you certainly can if you’d like to, it wont hurt it.

  11. smoky gordon says

    I have tried it using a pint of everclear one can of cherries in heavy syrup and 32 ounces of welches fran cherry Juice it made eight 8 ounce jars just waiting until the weekend to taste it thanks thanks for the recipe.

  12. Whitney says

    How long will these last? I wanted to make them but not give them away for a month or so and was worried if they didn’t drink it right away either. Thanks in advance :)

    • says

      Whitney- I am not the authority on food safety- but let me just say we’ve had some that we held onto for over a year, and they were still just as yummy! Since everclear is so alchoholic, and you’re boiling the mix (not the everclear) beforehand, it should stay very germ-free.

  13. Laurie says

    I can’t find tart cherries in heavy syrup at my local store. Would sweet cherries in heavy syrup work as well?

  14. mickey says

    everclear comes in 190 and 151 proof..depends where you live.some states is illegal to purchase 190 but some you can

  15. Janet Baden says

    this sounds like what i’ve been looking for for a good cherry recipe. i am going to try as is, and may try to add some vanilla vodka to it to make that ala mode taste next time if i like it..thanks, i’ll let you know how it turns out.

  16. Sandy says

    I am really wanting to try this recipe but I would like to know a few things please.
    Could you please clarify the yield.
    This recipe can not possibly make 8 1/2 quarts and if you meant 8-1/2 quarts that is 8 pints and that is 16 cups. But you have 8 8oz jars list under ingredients which is 8 cups.
    From my calculations this should yield between 14-16 cups depending on the size of can of cherries you use. Your pictures are showing it in pint jars.
    Could you please clarify the ounces on the cherries also.
    Thank you, I can’t wait to try this out!

    • says

      You could, but it’s really just heating the liquid to make it come together, so it would be a long time. I’d just mix it all and skip the heating, and go straight to bottling it.

    • says

      Hi Kristina!

      I got these at sprouts, but any brand cherries and cherry juice will work. Or even cherry cider. If you did want the exact brands I used, any health food store should have them (I like less sweet cherry juice, but if you like more sweet really any brand will work!) Hope that helps!

      Also- cherry cider would be AMAZING in this- but I have a hard time finding it for a good price in winter.

  17. Kristina says

    Hi! This looks amazing, where can I buy the Cherries and all cherry juice? I tried my local super market, stop and shop and they didn’t sell them. Thanks!

  18. Sharon B. says

    Do you have the ounces for the jars or bottles in these recipes? Not all countries have the same size jars , bottles or cans so it would help for the recipe traveling around the web. Thank you


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