Cranberry Moonshine

Cranberry Moonshine- so delicious and easy to make!

If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you probably know that I am all about making fun, delicious moonshines in all sorts of flavors. So far we’ve perfected an apple pie moonshine, peach pie moonshine, cherry pie moonshine, as well as rhubarb moonshine. Today I am super excited to share one of the most festive batches we’ve made yet- Cranberry Moonshine!

This is a great group gift. I like to hand out flavored moonshines for Christmas gifts for my husband’s employees because I can make a large batch all at once, and they are so beautiful!

A lot of people ask about canning the moonshine. We’re not actually sealing the jars- just bringing all of the ingredients except the alcohol to a boil, letting it cool, and then adding them to sterile jars with everclear. It is important to use everclear for this recipe since it has such a high alcohol content. This helps keep everything from going off! It’s best to make these ahead and let them sit, as the moonshine will sweeten and become more flavorful over time.


This makes for delicious cocktails when mixed with sprite, ginger ale, or tonic. It is HIGHLY alcoholic- do not drive after drinking. It is not worth the risk- let’s keep the holidays happy! Please also keep well out of the reach of children. This is such an alcoholic drink it could be very dangerous if ingested by a child.

Cranberry Moonshine
  • 2 gallons cranberry juice
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 package cranberries, fresh
  • 1 liter bottle of 190 proof grain alcohol (everclear)
  1. Bring ingredients EXCEPT everclear to a boil.
  2. Cover and remove from heat. Let cool.
  3. Get sterile jars ready.
  4. Mix everclear into cooled juice mixture.
  5. Ladel into jars, let sit for 2 weeks or up to six months.

Cranberry Moonshine- a delicious Christmas gift you can make in big batches for friends!

13 thoughts on “Cranberry Moonshine”

  1. So to be clear, label it into jars once the mixture is cooled. 2.You leave in the cranberries and 3.Does this need to be refrigerated?

  2. I just bought Everclear here in PA, and didn’t realize that it was a lower alcohol percent than what you buy in NY. How much more Everclear to you add, and do you then reduce the amount of the juice? Or is it better to just make it as shown above and add less mixer to it when served? I want to be sure that it will still be enough alcohol in it so that it will have at least a several month shelf life.

    1. It’s all up to you- but I generally do 2-3 parts tonic or ginger ale to moonshine- or even more. Just remember that everclear is extremely strong. One ounce is equal to about 3 5% beers- all at once. So adding lots of mixers is a good idea- or just consume a little and move onto the ginger ale for the night 🙂

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