Peach Pie Moonshine

Peach Pie Moonshine

Peach Pie Moonshine

Moonshine has become hugely popular lately.  Between the TV show Moonshiners, to Florida Georgia Line’s song “Get Your Shine On,” everyone seems to be drinking it.  I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan of straight “white lightining,” but I do enjoy the flavored shines out there.  I bought a couple of jars last year as Christmas gifts, but at $25 a jar, it was a little too pricey for me to buy very many jars.  This year I decided to make my own and give it out as gifts for friends and family.  Between the cost of all of the ingredients and the mason jars, it breaks down to about $6 per jar.  That’s something that I can get excited about!

A friend had made some peach pie moonshine for our New Year’s Eve party last year and I absolutely loved it, so I decided that was what I would make!  I made my first batch this weekend and it was amazing.  I adapted this recipe from one I had found online.  I then made up my own little jar labels in Pic Monkey and cut them out with one of my circle cutters in my scrapbooking stash.  The recipe yields about 7 quarts, so a good amount to give away and keep some for yourself:)  This isn’t technically moonshine, because it is made with everclear.  If you are lucky enough to get your hands on some real moonshine (not the lower proof store-bought kind), then that would make this even more authentic!

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Here’s the yummy recipe below.  I hope you enjoy it and that whomever you gift it to loves it as well! Remember to also drink responsibly.  

~Katie

p.s. You can now find my recipes for Apple Pie Moonshine here, and my Cherry Pie Moonshine here.

4.7 from 18 reviews
Peach Pie Moonshine
 
Ingredients
  • 2 - 64 oz bottles white grape peach juice
  • 2 - 15 oz cans sliced peaches in heavy syrup
  • 2½ - 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 - 7 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 750 ml bottle everclear
  • 1 750 ml bottle peach schnapps
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, bring juice, peaches w/ syrup, sugar, and cinnamon sticks to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Take out the cinnamon sticks Let cool to room temperature, then add the peach schnapps and everclear. Stir well, then pour through a strainer layered with a cheesecloth to strain out the peaches and any bits of the cinnamon sticks. Ladle into jars. Peaches can be divided between the jars. Yields 12-14 pint-sized jars and 6-7 quart-sized jars.

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Comments

    • 13

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I would say around 20%, but that is just a guess. It is definitely stronger than wine and weaker than vodka.

  1. 14

    says

    Thanks so much for this! I found you via #sitsblogging and this is perfect to fit the theme of a party I’m having soon. I’m responsive for drinks and it’s a country theme so it should work perfectly.
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      • 18

        Amanda says

        Yes I noticed after I posted that. I am so sorry that you had to repeat yourself! It is awfully cold here in Kansas so we are coming up with inside ideas to keep us busy! lol
        Thanks for replying back,
        Amanda

  2. 20

    Kenzie says

    Hi! After this is made and put in the mason jars it doesn’t have to the refrigerated? Just stored in a cool dark place! I really want to make this for my husband but am pretty limited on fridge/freezer space!

  3. 24

    Peggy says

    Question…you said you prepared this in January and then drank the last in March. How long do you think it will last into the year? Also, what about making this recipe with another fruit like strawberries?

    • 25

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I assume it would last fine throughout the year. I’ve never had it last that long:). You could certainly try making it with other fruits. I’ve tried making it with blackberries, but I need to play around with the recipe a bit more to really get a good blackberry flavor.

    • 31

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I do and it tastes great. The longest I’ve had it last is a little over 2 months. It’s usually drank fairly quickly when I make it for parties:)

      • 32

        beth coblentz says

        So do you need to “can” it, like put in a canner and bring to a boil to seal the top to make it last a couple months? Or just twist the lids on and put in a cool dry place?

        • 33

          Addicted 2 DIY says

          Just twist the lids on and cool. If you “can” it, you’ll burn off the alcohol

  4. 34

    Stacy Groce says

    my question is can you use PINNACLE® WHIPPED® FLAVORED VODKA instead of ever clear i don’t want my alcohol flavor to be real strong. i saw a peach pie moonshine where they used this vodka instead of ever clear but i wanted to get your thoughts on this matter i want my moonshine to be really sweet and peachy.

    • 35

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      This actually is very sweet and peachy. I actually don’t taste the everclear, which is a good and a bad thing;) You could certainly swap the everclear for the vodka. I don’t know what the exact proof of my recipe is, but it is probably around 15% or so. Not very strong.

  5. 36

    says

    We made it yesterday and calculated it to be 28% proof and it made 12 pints (equivalent to 6 quarts). As you said, you really can’t taste the alcohol in it. If you want a more peachy flavor, try using Welch’s peach medley instead of the white grape peach. I am not a fan of cinnamon or cloves so I left those out. We loved it!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • 37

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      Thanks for doing the math for me:). This last time, I didn’t cover the lid while it simmered and I only got 12 out of it too. I thought it tasted a bit stronger, but I liked it that way;)

    • 40

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      No, I used sugar, but I used no sugar added juice. You will definitely want to add the sugar:)

    • 42

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I bought mine at Walmart. It’s their Great Value brand. They also sell the Welch’s brand too:)

  6. 43

    says

    Katie,

    Walmart had the juice, thanks. The only way I could ‘improve’ on the recipe is to suggest that you have some vanilla ice cream on hand when you strain out the peaches – very decadent.

  7. 45

    Becky says

    I can’t get to your Apple pie moon shine recipe! I would love to try that o’m e! Can you help me out?

    • 46

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      Hi Becky, give it a try again. My site received so much traffic at once that it basically shut it down. It should be working now:)

  8. 47

    Rachael says

    So You Don’t Need To Deal This Any Other Way Besides Screwing On Mason Jar Kids? The Alcohol Keeps Germs Away?

    • 48

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I have never sealed the jars after making it. You certainly can, but I haven’t had it last long enough for that to be a necessity. I usually make it for parties and as gifts. I think the longest I have had a jar is 2 months before it was drank.

    • 50

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I’ve never sealed them. I have had one reader do the math and she said they figured the alcohol content to be 28%. The longest I’ve had a jar before it was drank was 2 months. If you plan to keep it for a long time, you could seal it. I just never have it last long enough, as I make it for parties and such:)

      • 51

        says

        Don’t try to boil the jars. The alcohol begins to boil at 173* and evaporate well below the juice boiling point. Then you just have pricey juice mix. :)
        I wait till the pie mix has cooled to around 110* then add my booze. Jar up leaving a half inch air space in top of jar and the residual heat will draw a seal on the lids.

  9. 52

    Chris says

    Katie,

    This sounds so good! I love peaches, but I don’t see what size of the cans of peaches that you used, other than you listing 2 cans in the recipe. Can’t wait to try this!

    Thanks, Chris

  10. 54

    Adana Fishback says

    I wouldn’t suggest trying to boil them, as once you add the alcohol it becomes flammable. This is just my opinion though, but I woukd be afraid to try it. I made Apple Pie moonshine in November of last year (quite a lot of it actually! Lol), just recently opened the last jar and it was fine! Only thing that might happen is for it to get stronger!

      • 57

        Daniel Clark says

        You can find it in some liquor stores. It’s not always available! In NH where I live you can only get 150 proof. But surrounding states have 190 proof.

  11. 58

    stramgemurse says

    We just made 2 more batches this afternoon. I like the white grape peach juice but my hubby likes Welch’s peach medley which I buy at Dollar General. He also likes to “soup it up” a bit. We are still in the testing phases but this go round he added an additional 16 oz. of Everclear in addition to the 750 ml bottle that the recipe calls for (last time he added an additional 1 oz. per quart jar). Everyone we know that has tried it absolutely loves it!! Funny thing…my mom actually sent me this website today thinking I might like the recipe. I had to confess that I had already made it….now she wants me to bring her a jar! LOL!

    • 61

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      That’s awesome! I’m glad that you like it! I’ve contemplated adding more everclear, but then I would have to drink less of it;)

    • 62

      Ej says

      strangenurse To make additions to the peach pie, you can add a bottle of blended whiskey, any cheap brand you want. It will def. add an extra kick. I’ve been doing this for several years and it will warm your heart. DRINK RESPONIBLY.

  12. 63

    Chico Manzie says

    When making real moonshine we try to get rid of the water content for better alcohol percent. Therefore when we mix a fruit shine, we use straight frozen concentrate fruit juice which has most of the water content removed.

    • 69

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      You could always use the moonshine they sell now in liquor stores, but it’s not as strong. Only 100 proof vs 190 proof.

  13. 72

    Amanda Wolfe says

    Hi Katie, thanks for the recipe, I shared it with some guys at work yesterday saying that it looked good, and they pitched in for me to make it. After Brandon tried it at home last night, he said it “Could be dangerous”. We will definitely enjoy. I’ve been enjoying checking out the rest of your website too, fun stuff! Love it!

  14. 75

    MARSHA says

    can you use fresh peaches? we have a ton of fresh one & i am trying to figure something to do with all of them.

  15. 79

    says

    My husband and I are planning to make this tonight. However, I am planning on doing fresh peaches so I assume I need to prepare them such as I was going to can them w the thick syrup and all and then make this recipe. Do you agree? Have you ever made this into pint jars and not quarts? If so how many did you get? Thanks can’t wait!!!

    • 80

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I would probably use the peaches with syrup, yes. I’ve made the. With pint jars as well. The last batch I made yielded 12 pints. I believe the time before that yielded 13 or 14 pints, but I simmered it with the lid off this last time. That probably concentrated it a bit.

  16. 81

    wendy says

    I love this idea! gonna make it for christmas gifts. I have a question about the labels. yours are perfect! I would
    like to make something similar. on that Pic Monkey, what do I look for? are they stickers or do you cut and glue? thanks!

    • 82

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I printed my design on adhesive sticker sheets and then used a round hole punch to cut the labels out.

    • 83

      Josh says

      I just recently made some labels online at vistaprint.com they have some neat premade templates that can be customized. Very good quality for a great price!

  17. 84

    Don Johnson says

    Made it last night, did not make as if canning. Just fresh peaches. I think the two I picked though were a bit too big. Turned out great I made 1/2 a batch and came up with 8 jars. One is gone already with everyone trying it.
    Thanks
    Don

  18. 88

    Mary Stewart says

    OMG! I linked over from Pinterest to read your article on the HomeRight PaintStick EZ-Twist Paint Roller and Quick Painter set and now I’m gonna be making me some MOONSHINE! I’m posting this to Pinterest like so many others have and signing up to get emails. I can see in my future some Orange moonshine for Halloween, Cranberry moonshine for Thanksgiving, Pomegranate moonshine for Christmas etc. So basically, I’m gonna be experimenting a lot over the next few months! I have a dozen friends who are gonna be drafted as taste tasters and a ton of raspberry tea bags from our summer parties. So, guess my first order will be RASPBERRY MOONSHINE and I’m off to Walmart…YEE HAW!

    • 91

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      You can. It will just make it a lot stronger. I’ve had a friend mix it with flavored vodka like churro flavor

    • 93

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I’ve drank it right away, but you can let it set as long as you like. Most people seem to prefer 2 weeks to a month.

  19. 96

    Laura says

    What is the purpose of straining the peaches after simmering if you are going to add them back into the jars? Is that step necessary?

    • 97

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      Straining everything removes any bits of of the cinnamon sticks that may come apart during the simmering process. Depending on the types of cinnamon sticks you use, this could happen. You don’t necessarily have to do it though.

    • 102

      Ronna says

      We made the apple pie moonshine, had to add a bit more apple juice and strained it several times to get it to “perfection”. They turned out great and I think they will be my new extra Christmas gifts. Thanks so much :)

  20. 106

    Heather says

    This recipe sounds delicious, but I have a few questions…

    1. Do you actually seal the jars or just cap them?
    2. What is the shelf-life of the final product?
    3. Is it better consumed warm or cold?

    Thanks!

    • 107

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I just cap them. If you were to actually can them, you would burn off the alcohol. I don’t have a shelf life number to give you. The longest I’ve ever had any last is a few months before it was all drank. A friend had hers for a year and said it tasted great still.

  21. 109

    William olsen says

    I substituted the sugar with blue agave and it tastes amazing so far… still cooling in my closet right now! :D

  22. 110

    General Zod says

    Getting ready to try this for the first time, but, i am doubling the ingredients, and using a half gallon of everclear, and a half gallon of peach schnapps, so normally on a double up, it would be 1500ml of each this will be 1750, so this will be stronger, i will post back how it is.

  23. 111

    Stacy says

    How long do you let everything meld together before drinking it? I’ve seen some recipes that say to wait at least a month.

  24. 113

    Bob Spears says

    I checked several recipes, and this one looked the beat by far. I couldn’t find the white grape peach juice, so I took a chance and used white can peach by Oceanspray. It turned out really good. Peaches in heavy syrup and 3 cups of sugar. I brought to a boil and simmered for an hour and a half. Reduced it to a syrup almost but after adding the ever clear and the Peach schnapps, it filled five 750 ml bottles. I did the math on the percentages of alcohol, etc. I came out with a batch that is 22% alcohol witch is 44 proof. My next batch I will add an extra half bottle of ever clear to bring it up to about 30%. It truly depends on how much you reduce it while cooking. For those that fear the everclear, really it’s not bad. It ends up very sweet and even with no shelf time it’s fantastic. I didn’t bottle with the peaches as I wanted a very clear bottle of booze. I took the peaches from the cooking and put them in a decanter along with vodka and a bit of peach snaps to make a peach infused vodka. Its taste thus far is very promising! Great recipe!

    • 114

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for doing the math on the proof. It’s definitely hard to determine sometimes. The peach infused vodka sounds amazing!

    • 116

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I just screw the lids on. I don’t boil them to seal them. There is enough alcohol that the peaches are just fine.

  25. 117

    Joe D. says

    I suggest using closer to 2 gallons of juice if using 190 proof Everclear. Very strong stuff. This comes from making many batches of apple pie moonshine. Also peach brandy can be added to but not necessary. This should yeild over 9 Qts. Just my thoughts.

  26. 118

    Brooke says

    We just got a bushel of fresh peaches and I wanted to try this. I have peach cider. Can I use this in love of the white grape peach juice?

  27. 122

    Kerry Hay says

    I have a gallon of Real moonshine, want to make BoilO , apple Jack and peach Jack,
    So to make these just reduce recipie down to amounts say 1/2 or 1/4 of what they call for.
    Any suggestions for sugar or sweetener and juice for theses smaller amounts.
    Thanks

    • 123

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I’m not sure. If you are cutting it in half or quarter, then I would do the same for the measurements of the juice and sweetener.

  28. 124

    Daniel Clark says

    My buddy has been making “moonshine” for years so this is not something new.
    As for alcohol, people have used several different things. Everclear, rum, vodka…it’s a matter of personal preference. (Although Everclear is the actual alcohol preferred. 190 proof if you can get it.)
    I’ve made apple pie moonshine with a 750ml bottle of Everclear and added about a cup of vanilla vodka to the mix. This its Apple Pie ala Mode!
    You can experiment with pretty much whatever taste variations you can imagine.
    There is no “right” recipe!
    As I type this I have a batch of peach heating up on the stove.
    I’ve altered the base recipe by using two cups of granulated sugar and about half a cup of light brown sugar. I’ve also tossed in about a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
    I’m sure it will be delicious!

    • 125

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      Yes, there are definitely so many flavor combinations. I mixed cinnamon twist flavored vodka with my apple pie moonshine last year and it was amazing! But you definitely need to use caution when you’re mixing them together. Don’t drink too much of it;)

  29. 132

    LouieMondo says

    So, I made this recipe this past weekend so I can give them as Christmas gifts this year. I wanted to make them a bit stronger so here is what I did. I kept everything the same except I used a 1 liter bottle of Peach Schnapps and 1 and a half bottles of Everclear… I also added an extra can of Peach Slices in Heavy Syrup. They are AMAZING… I have a hard time believing that they will last until Christmas, but I will try. Next I am going to make the Apple pie recipe. Thank you so much!

    • 135

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      One quart is close to a liter, so you could use the whole thing if you like. If you want it stronger, cut back on the juice and sugar.

  30. 138

    Jennifer says

    I’m having trouble finding the white grape peach juice at my grocery store. Any suggestions on what I could substitute?

    Thanks!

    • 139

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I’m not entirely sure. I buy mine at Walmart. I haven’t always had luck finding it at grocery stores. There’s the Welch’s brand or I buy the Walmart Great Value brand as well. Hopefully you can find it!

    • 140

      SHalma says

      My husband prefers Welch’s Peach Medley to the white grape peach juice when making the peach moonshine. I buy it at Dollar General.

    • 141

      Kendra says

      I also was unable to find white grape peach juice, but I DID find an apple-peach-mango juice that i used instead.

    • 143

      john dougherty says

      So it DID say “White Grape Peach Juice.” I’ll have to try Wal-Mart in the future, but at my local grocery store the ONLY juice with peaches in it was the “White Cran Peach Juice.” I assumed I copied the recipe down wrong and/or got that word wrong. I can say that the White Cran Peach Juice worked great. I’m assuming the “cran” is for “cranberry” but all I could taste was peach.

      So that works just fine for a substitute if you can’t find the White Grape Peach Juice – substitute “White Cran Peach Juice.” It’s from Ocean Spray (naturally), but it’s clear (maybe a little peach colored – which is not the same as the color of peaches). It worked perfect for me. I’ll have to pick up some of the White Grape Peach Juice and do a side-by-side comparison. I do know that I’ve never tasted any kind of peach juice before AND didn’t even know there was such a thing.

      Thanks for the enlightenment.

      • 144

        Addicted 2 DIY says

        Lol! I honestly didn’t know there was any sort of peach juice sold in stores for the longest time, either! I’m glad you inadvertently found a substitute!

  31. 145

    Nickster42606 says

    I read through all the comments, hoping to see other peoples recipes. My apple pie is pretty much like yours other than I don’t use nutmeg, going to try that with next batch. Reading trough these post is terrifying though. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCE SHOULD YOU EVER TRY AND CAN (BOIL) ANY LIQOUR! By trying to can liquor you are working with a potential very explosive device. Please people do your research first before any new adventure.

  32. 146

    chrissy says

    Do you think you can use a bottleif peach nectar and abottle of white grape juice if they do not have white grape peach juice? . Has anyone tried this using peach nectar??

    • 148

      Nuqwnd says

      THANK YOU!!! I would LOVE to make authentic moonshine but the way my life is set up I LOVE my freedom more. That being said Thanks for this recipe. Like many others I couldn’t find the white grape peach juice. I used white grape and some peach nectar. I also used half white and half brown sugar (ran out of white). My liqour store had 90 proof peach schnapps so I used a bottle of that in addition to the 190 proof everclear. Oh I also used a pumpkin pie spice blend I had on hand instead of cinnamon. I’m excited and so are my friends in aniticipation of the finished product. I plan to allow it to sit for a month…maybe…or at least a couple of weeks. THANKS again!!!

  33. 149

    Lane says

    Found this googling, and it looked like a good recipe. Made it about a month ago and just cracked open a jar last night and it’s great!! I did add more everclear, I used a 1.75L bottle instead of the 750ml. It’s got that strong smell when you crack it open but after a month it is perfect. Almost no bite what so ever. Great Recipe! Thanks!!

    • 151

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I am a bit impatient, so I actually will drink mine the next day;) A lot of people will wait a month or so, but I think it actually tastes pretty good the next day.

  34. 152

    Chris says

    I’m going to make this next week, what size strainer works best and u just pour through cloth to another pot or wats best way

  35. 154

    Skye says

    There is a batch of your recipe for Peach Pie Moonshine cooling on my kitchen counter as I type this. It smells wonderful! Your recipe is so easy to follow. Thank you for posting it! Since most of this will be for gifts, I plan to put the peaches and with the half of the batch of Peach Pie in jars and bottle the strained remainder in wine bottles. Some of my family and friends have a casual approach to life and others are less low-key. :) I might even enter some of the jarred Peach Pie in the local County Fair. :)

  36. 156

    skye says

    This turned out a success and is absolutely delicious! I am thinking this treat will make a great Christmas gift. :)

  37. 157

    Sarah Conley says

    Hi! I’m making this next month so they’ll be ready for some summer events we have lined up, but I wanted to ask if you HAVE to strain the batches? You strain & then put the peaches back in the jars correct? =) So excited to make thus yumminess!

    • 158

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I strain them because the cinnamon sticks inevitably break apart a little bit and I don’t want those pieces ending up in the jars:)

  38. 159

    Skye says

    Just a quick update…I gave bottles of peach pie as host gifts while I was travelling recently. All the recipients were delighted! It is so good my friends offered to save empty wine bottles for me for my Christmas gift batch. :-) I will definitely make this again. I did use raw sugar so it was slightly sweeter than I anticipated. I might cut back by 1/2 a cup and add a couple more cinnamon sticks in the next batch but that is just personal preference. My family tends to be heavy-handed with cinnamon. Your recipe is great as is and will make nice holiday gifts paired with a bottle or jar of Apple Pie Moonshine. :-) Again, thank you for posting this recipe.

    • 160

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I’m so glad you and your family are fans! I sometimes cut back on the sugar by about a 1/2 cup as well, so you’d be completely fine doing that:)

  39. 161

    john dougherty says

    I had to come back to this site and your recipe after I made my batch. It is definitely at least 28% alcohol or 56 proof. Now this is the way I like it and my Apple Pie Moonshine I used someone else’s recipe and upped the Everclear (I actually used grain alcohol from a local distiller here in Iowa, which was same proof, but several dollars cheaper then Everclear). I don’t know if it’s just an Iowa thing or the same all across the country, but I believe Everclear used to be around 180-190 proof (90-95%). Now the strongest grain alcohol we can get in Iowa is 151 proof (Hmmm… the same as 151 Bacardi, imagine that) or 75%.

    Anyway… when I mixed in all the liquor, stirred it up and then tried a sip, it was Mmm Mmm Good for me, but there are others who wouldn’t want or drink something that strong. I did notice with the Apple Pie Moonshine that it did seem to mellow with age. So I imagine after a week or two this will taste like nothing but sweet Georgia peaches on a sunny day.

    I do believe I saw mention of a Cherry Pie Moonshine above. “Honey, I’ve got a new shopping list for you.”

    • 162

      Addicted 2 DIY says

      I’ve noticed that some stores here in AZ will carry the 151 proof Everclear, but others will carry the 190 proof. I will say that I was pretty ticked off the day I brought a bottle home and didn’t notice it until after I’d poured it into the juice. After that I made sure to pay attention to the proof on the bottle.

  40. 163

    dan says

    Made this today ! Used Everclear ,99 Peaches and Vanilla Vodka !! So good and increased the alcohol level ! Bottoms up !

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