I wanted to make more homemade gifts this year and well, I have a stock of mason jars! Ha ha. I searched the net for recipes so this is my own gathered from around the internet.
This recipe makes about 2 1/2 gallons of moonshine. Costs about $65 total using Everclear 190 proof.
Great gift on a budget if your friends and family like adult beverages. While not ‘real’ moonshine its still mighty tasty!
1 Gallon apple cider
1 Gallon unsweetened apple juice
3 Cups dark brown sugar
8 Cinnamon sticks
1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 liter bottle of 190 proof grain alcohol. If only 150 proof is sold. Add another 1/2 liter.
4 Apples. Two red and two green apples
You’ll need a big pot!
Add cider, juice, sugar, and cinnamon sticks to the pot, bring to a slow boil. Make sure and the sugar is dissolved. I let this slow boil/simmer for about 15-30 minutes or so stirring frequently.
Let pot cool to room temperature then add your alcohol and vanilla extract. The alcohol and vanilla extract should be added when cooled as heat will evaporate it.
Now gather up your clean mason jars and fill them!
I used my glass Pyrex liquid measuring cup to fill the jars, use what you need like a funnel or the like. I kept stirring the as I filled the jars. I added a cinnamon stick to each jar(well 8 jars) then cut the apples into slices and added those too.
I used red and green apples for some color. One slice of each color apple, add more if you like.
I did four quarts and seven pints. I probably could of had eight or nine pints if I didn’t fill some of the jars so high and some spillage! Ha ha.
You’ll get a bit more stuffing the jar with extra apples as a fill. Learn as you go. 🙂
I used local made apple cider and unsweetened natural apple juice. There is already a sugar overload so opted out of a sugary apple juice.
I used dark brown sugar for added color and I just like brown sugar! 😉 You could use regular brown sugar. Many recipes I found used just sugar or a mix of both.
You could throw in some vanilla beans instead of extract. Some recipes I found added vanilla vodka instead.
The Everclear is enough kick and I want to keep the cost $65 or less for this project.
I added some twine, a bell, and some gift tags I made.
Its so good, tasted great before I added the alcohol and smelled delicious while simmering! Perfect for a holiday party with kids too. Spiked for adults and the NA for the underage, serve warm in a crock for a party. Great cold on the rocks.
The longer this sits the better it tastes.
I personally keep mine in the fridge or just store in a cool area away from sun like a pantry or cabinet.
Have you made moonshine? How was it? What flavor? Im going to try some other flavors, blueberry and cherry are next!
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