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Apple Pie 'Moonshine'

I made this once before using half apple cider and half apple juice. It got rave reviews. I would like to try making it again using all apple cider. I can't find an actual recipe calling for all cider and no juice. Cider is merely unfiltered juice according to my research. Does anyone know if making apple pie liquor using all cider will work out? .... And yes, I know that apple pie is not real moonshine.

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  1. I have no clue what you are saying or asking.

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    1. re: JMF

      Sorry I was not clear. The question is: Can the apple liquid ingredient for apple pie be 100% apple cider or does it have to be 50% apple cider, 50% apple juice? Hopefully I have phrased myself clearly.

      1. re: wildgoosechase9

        No, actually you haven't really made yourself clear. What do you mean by "apple liquid ingredient for apple pie?" And what does "moonshine" have to do with apple pie?

        1. re: JMF

          There is a beverage known as apple pie moonshine because it tastes like apple pie. Get your pie crust free with a kick. It can be made with real "moonshine" or with ever clear or vodka, depending on how much of a kick you want.

          1. re: wildgoosechase9

            Actually some informed information I put forth has been removed for some reason.

            I may not be familiar with the recipe you ask about, but I know a bit about moonshine, distilling, spirits and cocktails in general. And yes, I do have disdain for junk recipes, and ones used to enable the mass consumption of alcohol for the sake of mass consumption of alcohol. I have a right to my opinion. You may not agree with me, but I still have the right to my opinion.

            1. re: JMF

              What surprises me is the thought that apple pie moonshine is something you're supposed to drink to get plastered.

              I mean, it's essentially just a simplified apple cordial. Personally, I don't see why it would be meant for binge drinking, which seems like what you were getting at, any more than a liqueur made from cognac infused with hand-picked apples. Although I might have just misunderstood your comments.

              But on that note, maybe you or one of the other experts here have a preferred apple liqueur recipe you could share? It seems like wildgoosechase9 might be interested, and even if not, I'm planning to start experimenting with making liqueurs soon, and apple seems like a lovely place to start, so I'd appreciate any advice I could get.

              1. re: A_Gonzalez

                "Apple Pie" is moonshine, end of story...apple liquer or cordial is a whole nuther animal. And it is a damn shame posts went missing because someone went away all butthurt

                1. re: BiscuitBoy

                  I'm not sure I see the chasm between the two. At least, as I understand it, a liqueur is basically a flavored spirit, water, and sugar. This apple pie business strikes me as a shortcut to a similar thing with a cute name added on. You're using flavored water (well, juice) instead of flavored spirit, but is the result someone's trying to produce that far off?

                  I just know that since we're all Chowhounders it's in our nature to want to help improve and add to recipes others are working with. I just thought, if anyone feels like they might not have something to contribute, it seems like wildgoosechase9 is looking to make a somewhat low proof, sweet, apple-and-cinnamon-flavored beverage. So while I understand people are being modest, it seems like sharing simple apple liqueur recipes might actually be very helpful.

                  Or maybe wildgoosechase9 could correct me if I'm mistaken; I don't want to seem like I'm putting words in anyone's mouth.

                  1. re: A_Gonzalez

                    Thanks A_Gonzalez. I went ahead and got the apple juice so I could follow the traditional recipe. The resulting concoction needs to age, but per my "sniff" test, I think it came out nicely.

                2. re: A_Gonzalez

                  Dude, the recipe is basically Apple Juice and Everclear, and a lot of sugar with a cinnamon stick in it. This sounds pretty much as JMF describes it.

                  1. re: A_Gonzalez

                    " I don't see why it would be meant for binge drinking"

                    Maybe because people tend to drink it out of quart Mason jars?

          2. It works just fine. I've done it with just juice and it tasted great. The finished product will be a bit cloudier, but no big deal. If you are planning on storing it for a bit, you might want to filter it after it "ages", but I don't like "chunkies" in my beverages

              1. Yes u can just use cider.that is all I ever use.it taste more crisp and if u really want it to taste like real apple pie add some vanilla bean to it.its like ur drinking apple pie with a scoop of icecream