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Homemade Peach Moonshine

  • Author: Alex Morgan
  • Total Time: 20 minutes


In the heart of the South, where the sun-kissed orchards bear the juiciest peaches, there lies a cherished tradition – the art of making peach moonshine.


  • 12 cups peach juice
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 12 peaches, peeled and quartered
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks (optional)
  • 4 cloves (optional)
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) Everclear (190-proof grain alcohol)
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) peach schnapps


  1. Prepare the Peach Base: In a large stockpot, combine the peach juice, brown sugar, quartered peaches, cinnamon sticks, and cloves (if using). Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Add both the seeds and the pod to the pot.
  2. Simmer to Perfection: Bring the mixture to a gentle boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 1 hour, or until the peaches are soft and the liquid has thickened slightly.
  3. Cool and Strain: Remove the pot from the heat and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth, pressing down on the peaches to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids and transfer the peach liquid to a clean container.
  4. Infuse with Spirits: Stir in the Everclear and peach schnapps until well combined. The addition of these spirits not only enhances the flavor but also acts as a preservative.
  5. Bottle and Age: Pour the peach moonshine into clean, sterilized jars or bottles with tight-fitting lids. Seal the jars or bottles and store them in a cool, dark place for at least 2 weeks to allow the flavors to meld together and mellow.
  6. Savor the Fruits of Your Labor: After aging, your peach moonshine is ready to enjoy! Serve it chilled over ice for a refreshing sip or get creative and use it in cocktails to elevate your mixology game.


Please remember to drink responsibly and be aware of the alcohol content of this beverage. Enjoy in moderation and savor the unique flavors of homemade peach moonshine.

  • Prep Time: 20 min


  • Calories: 150 kcal
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g
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