Does anyone else around here watch Justified? If so, you should already know about Mags' famous apple pie moonshine. If you haven't seen it, you should! I wasn't too impressed by the third season but the first two were awesome. Anyway, this recipe is in honor of Mags and her crazy family. Technically this one can't really be called moonshine because it uses Everclear which is the legal version of moonshine. It's the closest you can get to the real stuff without breaking the law though.
You would think that this recipe came from my Dad's family in Kentucky but we actually got it from a some frat guys that we know in Minnesota. Those boys know their hooch though and this recipe is really tasty. When you hear "moonshine" you may think that just a sip of this will knock you on your butt. However, it is actually just a pre-mixed drink and the alcohol content is only around 12%. The problem is that it tastes amazing and the alcohol is well-hidden so you can easily drink too much without realizing it.
*Please drink responsibly. No underage drinking.*
Apple Pie Moonshine
adapted from Noel F.
3 quarts Apple Juice
1 gallon Apple Cider*
750ml bottle of Everclear 190 Proof**
8 Cinnamon Sticks
3 cups Sugar
16 pint size Mason Jars, sterilized
In a large Dutch oven or stock pot, combine 6 cups of apple juice and 10 cups of apple cider. Heat to a light boil. Add sugar and cinnamon sticks. Heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Stir occasionally and wait for cinnamon sticks to open up. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
Remove cinnamon sticks from cider mixture and cut in half. Place one half in each mason jar. Fill each jar with: 2oz Everclear, 7oz cider mixture, 3oz apple juice, and 3oz apple cider. Tightly replace lids and rings.*** Serve chilled.
Store in a cool, dark place. Some people have reported drinking their pie shine years later but I would recommend drinking it within one year.
Makes 32 (8oz) Servings
* We used the good apple cider from our local apple orchard and I think it made a big difference but you could also just use the stuff from the grocery store.
** 190 proof Everclear is illegal in some states because it is so strong. You may want to check and see if it is allowed in your state before you waste your time trying to track it down. When necessary, 151 proof could be used but your drink won't be as strong and it may affect the flavor.
*** I have looked at other apple pie 'shine recipes and none of them say that you need a water bath to seal the jars. The alcohol content should be enough to preserve it. I'm no canning expert though so if you feel better sealing the jars, feel free to. Just be aware that doing so may reduce the alcohol content. You can also keep it in the refrigerator if you are more comfortable with that.
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