It’s not technically moonshine, but it’s spiked with Everclear, and that’s as close as I’ll probably ever get. This stuff is pretty damn tasty, not to mention cheap and easy to make. There were a few recipes floating around the internet. Here’s what I did.
- 1 gallon apple cider
- 1 gallon apple juice
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 9 sticks cinnamon
- 1.25 liters grain alcohol 151 proof
Bring everything but the alcohol to a boil and then let it cool down. Pour into sterilized mason jars, leaving one of the cinnamon sticks in each. I filled nine quart-sized jars with this ambrosia. The house smells like I’ve been cooking apple pies filled with rubbing alcohol.
I’ve only had this stuff served cold, though it’s probably just as good heated up. It goes down nice and smooth; often a little too quickly. The mason jars are just to be consistent with the moonshine theme. They aren’t necessary, but they make storage easier, since you make such a big batch. They ought to last for months like this. You can give them away as gifts. Come to think of it, I’ve got a white elephant gift party in December. I think I’ve got my gift.
Here in Michigan, we can only get the 151 proof version of Everclear. All other sites recommend the 190 proof version and only using 1 liter. I think the 151 version oughta do the trick though. There were warnings all over the bottle about not getting it too close to an open flame. You don’t really taste much alcohol when it’s mixed in with this drink. It just tastes like grandma’s apple pies, giving you that nice and warm feeling of home while you get fucked up.