Cranberry Moonshine

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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. Today I am super excited to share one of the most festive batches we’ve made yet- Cranberry Moonshine!

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Spunky Cranberry Moonshine

This cranberry moonshine makes 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!

For this recipe you will need

  • Cranberry juice – cranberry juice has a super sharp flavor that pairs well with the alcohol and makes this moonshine give drinks a sharp hit.
  • White sugar – you need sugar to balance out the intensity of the cranberry flavor.
  • Fresh Cranberries – fresh cranberries give this moonshine a beautiful look and a fresh intensity.
  • 190 proof grain alcohol – I use everclear for this moonshine. It mixes well with the intensity of the cranberries.

How to make Cranberry Moonshine

  1. Bring all the ingredients except the alcohol to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. Don’t let it heat for a long time or else the fresh cranberries will split into cranberry sauce.
  2. Cover and remove from the heat, let it cool. Sterilize your jars and prepare them while you are waiting.
  3. Mix the alcohol into the cooled mixture. Label it into the prepared jars, label them with the date, and let them sit for 2 weeks to 6 months.

Tips and Tricks

Tip 1 – We’re not actually sealing/canning 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 bad!

Tip 2 – It’s best to make the moonshine ahead of time and let it sit, as the moonshine will sweeten and become more flavorful over time.

Tip 3 – Remember this moonshine 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.

FAQs

What can I mix this with for cocktails?

This makes for delicious cocktails when mixed with sprite, ginger ale, or tonic.

Can I substitute another alcohol for Everclear?

Yes but make sure its 190 proof so the mixture keeps well.

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Cranberry-infused moonshine in a mason jar.
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Cranberry Moonshine

This tart delicious cranberry moonshine is the perfect holiday gift!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry, cranberry alcohol, cranberry moonshine, holiday drinks, moonshine, Thanksgiving moonshine
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 14 days
Total Time 14 days 30 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 808kcal
Author Courtney ODell

Ingredients

  • 2 gallons cranberry juice
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 package cranberries fresh
  • 1 liter bottle of 190 proof grain alcohol Everclear

Instructions

  • Bring ingredients EXCEPT everclear to a boil.
  • Cover and remove from heat. Let cool.
  • Get sterile jars ready.
  • Mix everclear into cooled juice mixture.
  • Ladel into jars, let sit for 2 weeks or up to six months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 808kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 18mg | Sugar: 45g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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27 Comments

  1. Fayleen says:

    Do you keep the moonshine in the fridge or will it keep on counter?

  2. Benny O. says:

    5 stars
    Made it and converted it to use one gallon of cranberry juice
    And can’t wait to use it for Christmas gifts and the party we are having

    1. JessR says:

      How did the 1gal turn out.. 2 gal seemed like a lot, per one bottle of everclear.. I was thinking about doing just a gallon as well

  3. Deborah clevenger says:

    What size jars and how many did you need for this recipe?

  4. Sue says:

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

  5. Maryann says:

    Help what kind of cranberries juice do I use