Instant Pot Apple Pie Moonshine

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Looking for that perfect drink to serve up this holiday season? Or maybe a gift for that person who has everything? This Instant Pot apple pie moonshine will warm you up from the inside out, with a nice smooth flavor of apple pie. This sweet and boozed up apple pie moonshine recipe will be the talk of any party or holiday gathering you take part in this fall.

Instant Pot Apple Pie Moonshine

Looking for that perfect drink to serve up this holiday season? Or maybe a gift for that person who has everything? This Instant Pot apple pie moonshine will warm you up from the inside out, with a nice smooth flavor of apple pie. This sweet and boozed up moonshine will be the talk of any party or holiday gathering you take part in this fall.

apple pie moonshine

Now, before we get started, this isn’t moonshine like in the olden days. If you watch Moonshiners on television, you are not going to go through the process they do of making mash, finding a good water source, and so on. This is a modern take on moonshine made in your Instant Pot! You will create the apple pie base, and then once it has completely cooled then add in your alcohol portion to give it that moonshine flavor!

instant pot apple pie moonshine

The Best Apple Pie Moonshine Recipe

Instant Pot Apple Pie Moonshine is my very first time having moonshine. I must admit I was a little scared at first.  I am not the world’s biggest drinker and more often than not it is because I do not like the taste of it. I have nothing against feeling a little tipsy but can not get past the taste of the alcohol.  Since I realize that most adults love a little cocktail every now and then I decided to make this Apple Pie Moonshine give out as gifts this holiday season. I picked Apple Pie Moonshine because how bad can anything be with apple pie in its name?

instant pot apple pie moonshine

I searched high and low and did as much research as I could about moonshine. Since we are working with Everclear (grain alcohol) you have to be safe.  You NEVER want to heat Everclear. Please NEVER heat the Everclear. Add the alcohol portion of this recipe after the moonshine has completely cooled.

Is Everclear Moonshine

So to make a legal moonshine, Everclear is the choice of alcohol! Here is why. Real moonshine has around 180-190 proof, which is around 85-95% pure alcohol depending on the batch. To be legal, Everclear has to be your alcohol, which can range anywhere from 150-190 proof. You will end up with a similar taste at the end of it.

Instant Pot Apple Pie Moonshine

How Long Will Apple Pie Moonshine Last

Since this is my first batch of moonshine (definitely will not be my last) I decided to turn to google for some advice on how to store our moonshine and how long can we expect it to last.  Generally, they will last two years unopened and about six months after opening. They will generally last longer if you store them in the fridge after opening as well.

Instant Pot Apple Pie Moonshine

Is Moonshine Dangerous

Here is the thing with my moonshine recipe, when you follow the instructions it is safe. You never want to pour Everclear into hot liquids, so you HAVE to allow your ingredients to cool completely before you put your alcohol into the mix. My Instant Pot moonshine is totally safe if you follow the directions properly.

Instant Pot Apple Pie Moonshine

Give Apple Pie Moonshine As A Gift This Holiday Season

If you know someone who loves to sip on the harder drinks, consider grabbing a mason jar and pouring them some, and top with a bow. You can even get cute labels to decorate to show it is a gift. I know quite a few people in my life, that has everything, so a good old container of moonshine would be a nice gift option. You could even pair it with some nice mugs or glasses for them to pour it into.

I think many of you are as in love with the music in this video as I am.  The song is Rattlesnake, by Jonny Houlihan.

instant pot apple pie moonshine pin

Why Use The Instant Pot For Homemade Apple Pie Moonshine

The beauty of the Instant Pot is it seals up nice and tight. So when I am making the flavoring of the apple pie moonshine, it really locks in all the flavors from the ingredients cooking. This gives it that really rich and bold flavor as it simmered for days on low. When you go to mix it with the alcohol once it has cooled, you get that bold moonshine taste with a smooth apple pie taste. I just find the Instant Pot really speeds up the cooking process and makes it so much easier on me.

If you are looking for a different and unique drink, this is it! Let me know how you like it.

Instant Pot Apple Pie Moonshine

Instant Pot Apple Pie Moonshine

apple pie moonshine

Instant Pot Apple Pie Moonshine

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
This Instant Pot apple pie moonshine will warm you up from the inside out, with a nice smooth flavor of apple pie. This sweet and boozed up apple pie moonshine will be the talk of any party or holiday gathering you take part in this fall.


  • 10-12 Pint Mason Jars (sterilized)
  • 64 oz Apple Juice
  • 64 oz Apple Cider
  • 3/4 cup White Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Everclear (Grain Alcohol) *
  • 1 1/2 Cups Caramel Vodka (you can use another complimentary flavor) **
  • 14 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 TSP Pumpkin Spice


  1. Combine the apple cider and apple juice, by pouring it into your pot.
  2. Add in the white sugar, brown sugar & pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Add in 4 Cinnamon Sticks
  4. Turn on Saute feature to start warming the mixture.
  5. Once sugars are all dissolved, cover the pot and turn to sealing.
  6. Set your pot to manual high pressure for 45 minutes. Do a natural release
  8. Add in Everclear
  9. Add in Vodka
  10. Remove cinnamon sticks that were used for cooking.
  11. Fill a mason jar (also not a hot one, if you have sterilized it allow it to cool completely) with moonshine and drop one cinnamon stick in.
  12. Close the lid tightly
  13. Put pretty ribbon on and give the gift of love this year


* ** If you would like a stronger moonshine, add some more of Everclear/grain alcohol or the vodka. Just please add responsibly, Everclear/grain alcohol does not play. 🙂

*you should have enough for aprx. 10-12 pint sized Mason jars

Thank you I Save A to Z for your delicious Apple Pie Moonshine recipe that was used as a guide to create this Instant Pot version.

This post includes a recipe for alcohol. Drink responsibly. Sparkles to Sprinkles and it's authors are not responsible for the actions of our readers should they choose to make this recipe and consume it. Please drink responsibly.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 31Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g

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    1. In your video you have a song playing in the background. Can you tell me who it is singing it and what’s the name of the song? We love the song and the singers voice.

        1. I’m obsessed with that song after hearing it on your video! I cannot find it anywhere to listen to (other than your video)!

          1. I love the song as well. I have a link to Johnny’s Facebook page to hopefully help you track down a copy of it. 🙂

    1. Hello, I have made this before with a different recipe. After letting it cool and adding alcohol how long do you let it rest before opening? My recipe said to wait 4-6 weeks.

    2. @Melissa, My 6 qt doesn’t quite fit all the cider. Probably a 1/2 C shy. FYI. I still made it and it worked fine. I just stopped at the fill line.

  1. So what would I do if the cinnamon sticks that I used completely broke down?? I mean there are still chunks but not whole by any means.

    1. Just strain completely. I threw away my cinnamon sticks that I cooked with and replaced with new ones to store in the jars.

  2. I know this is for an alcohol drink, but I also wonder if I could make it kid friendly? Would love your input on what I might need to add after cooking in instant pot. Thanks in advance

      1. I’m new to the instapot world. Do you need a certain model to do this? I have the newest version of the Duo-Nova, 6QT.

        1. It will work in any one. you should be fine with a 6 quart as well, just make sure you are not going past the max fill line.

  3. Every recipe I’ve seen for moonshine in the instant pot or crockpot said to let it sit in the dark for approx 30 days before drinking, do I need to store with this recipe or is it okay to drink right off the bat?

    1. yes it is safe to drink right away. It will get better with fine but it is delicious from the start. 🙂

  4. I’m imagining a three pack or four pack for Christmas gifts of one of each of the moonshine flavors you have on this page, with a pretty ribbon and cute packaging, I think it would be adorable! Thanks for the recipes, can’t wait for your lemon drop flavor.

    1. I LOVE your idea Kerri!! It sounds like an amazing gift. Try out lemon drop for sure, we just served it at a party yesterday and it was a huge hit. <3

  5. I just made this last night! It is wonderful! My question is, could you put fresh apple slices in it? Would it store as well? I think they would be delicious !

    1. My local liquor store sells it. I know in some states it is not sold. If you are not able to get the grain alcohol you can use all vodka. 🙂

  6. I can’t wait to try this…. But I’m commenting because I went to high school with Jonny and I was thrilled to see you link to his music! So cool!

  7. Making this right now bit think I missed up! Do we turn off the IP once the 45 mins are up? Are will it depressurize with it still on?

  8. Good morning made this last night and added the vodka this am and has a strong taste of apple cider and suggestions.

  9. Made a batch. Would not put cinnamon sticks in jars. Also would cut cinnamon sticks by half in cooking. Otherwise I really thought it’s good.

    1. you can definitely do in the crock pot as well. See my response to a comment just above or below this for the details. 🙂

  10. This is so yummy!!! Thank you for sharing. Do you happen to have a recipe for pineapple moonshine you would share?

  11. Looking forward to trying this. The only problem is Everclear is not available in Canada Can I substitute regular Vodka? Or would I have to get a special high alcohol % content of Vodka? Any special brands u would reccomend that we have in ? Thanks!

    1. Since the vodka is lower proof you can add a bit more. Just base using a taste test. You don’t want an over powering vodka taste.

  12. This recipe is awesome! It will be on my holiday table for the adults from now on! I only used 4 cinnamon sticks and it is plenty spicey. There was cinnamon in my pumpkin pie spice blend ( I use Penzey’s). And I used some whipped cream vodka because that’s what I had on hand. I can’t tell you how much we love this!

  13. I made this last year as Christmas presents for friends and family! Wow! Everyone loved it! Definitely gonna have to make a lot more this year! It’s been a long year and need to spread some major cheer! Love love love your recipe!!!! I just added a bit more alcohol for my group.. lol! I need a pumpkin spice one! Please!! And it’s not even October and they’re asking for more! Well it’s super tasty and “fun” all year!!

    1. Yes, add all the ingredients as done in the instant pot. Not adding the Everclear to anything hot. Cook it in your crock pot for a few hours and you can pick up the recipe from the spot after removing it from the heat and letting it cool.

    1. If it’s sold in your state, you would find it at a liquor store. Everclear is not sold legally e dry where so if it’s not available to you, just use vodka to replace

  14. I see you lost Apple cider as an ingredient. Can you be more specific? Are you meaning a cloudy apple juice or a hard cider? I don’t think American style Apple cider exists here… thanks!

  15. I live in Canada and we can’t get everclear here. Do you have any suggestions on what I can use and the amts. I really want to try this recipe but don’t want it to flop. Thanks for any help.

    1. You can use vodka instead. I would start with an equal amount and you can add more from there after taste testing it.

  16. Hey thanks for this I just made it. Alas my ever clear substitute was on 28% and I put it in the fridge before adding it so maybe that messed it up?

    Also you ask for 14 cinnamon sticks but then only add 4. Is that a typo?

    1. @Ben Allan, I think it’s 4 sticks in the instant pot and the remaining sticks are reserved to add to each of the mason jars.

  17. I made this last week, intending to give a jar to my sister for a Christmas gift exchange that didn’t happen. I just tasted it now (was letting it age ) and it’s delicious! I cut the recipe in half, used homemade apple pie spice instead of pumpkin and put in a little less Everclear than called for in the recipe. No other changes and none needed! Can’t wait to try some of the others.

  18. This is really good! I followed the recipe exactly except for using a bit less Everclear. I made a half batch. It’s an easy recipe and makes a great gift. The friends who got a pint loved it!

  19. I do a little different apple pie moon shine:

    On day one:

    1gallon fresh apple cider ( from your local orchard
    3 whole cinnamon sticks

    Cook in slo-cooker for 8 hours.
    Let cool to room temperature.

    The next morning, strain through fine strainer, or several layers of cheesecloth. Cinnamon sticks will not be used in finished product)

    Have prepared, 6 quart canning jars (no need to sterilize).
    Divide 1 750 ml bottle Everclear equally between the 6 jars
    Divide cider equally between the prepared jars. Securely place lids and rings on jars.

    Use original box from the jars to place jars, and store for about 1 month before using.

    I make mine Thanksgiving weekend and they are ready for gift giving at Christmas! You have one month to decide how you want to decorate for giving
    (I add a label, 6 disposable shot glasses on top of the jar, and secure with a circle of bridal netting [can be found in a craft store]
    Store at room temp; DO NOT HEAT!
    Suggest to drinkers not to drink more than 2-30ml shots, as this is very strong!

  20. Hi!! I am so excited to try this. I am new to the mason jar world- how/what is the best way to sterilize? Thank you!!

    1. Just wash the real good with soap n hot water. Because of the everclear in this you won’t be able to get a deal on them but the everclear will keep the shelf life on these for quite some time

      1. I did not since the Everclear will keep these shelf stable for about 2 years but that certainly is a good idea to give it a try. Just make sure you are keeping heat away from the liquid so no heating the entire jar but i think maybe heating the seals to soften them and potentially maybe get a decent seal would be extra protection.

  21. I’m making this right now in my 6qt duo. It fills right to the max full line. I’m also using 100 proof vodka as everclear is not available in my state. Super excited to taste this!!

    1. You can not officially seal them because you can not have heat near the Everclear. But the Everclear also keeps it shelf safe for quite some time. Generally, 2 years unopened and 6 months refrigerated once opened.

  22. I bought fresh pressed apple juice for this recipe as well as a good quality apple cider. There was a lot and I mean a lot of apple sediment after being pressured. I strained it through cheese cloth but this did not remove all of the apple pulp. I think it would have be better if I had used plain Motts apple juice because it lacks pulp. My thought was it would be better if I used good quality ingredients but…..it’s moonshine using ever clear….the apple ingredients don’t need to be top shelf. It would have been better and less work to use plain cheap apple juice with no pulp.

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