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13 Best Moonshine Cocktails and Mixed Drinks

Moonshine cocktails have been gaining popularity in recent years – and for good reason!

They’re boozy, fun, and sure to liven up your next party.

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Moonshine became pretty mainstream during Prohibition when people started making alcohol at home, usually at night – hence the name.

Today, it’s still illegal to make moonshine without government permission.

But many distillers have taken the name to create something similar. And that’s what you’ll need for these terrific moonshine cocktails.

It’s usually made from corn and has a high alcohol content, so be sure to drink responsibly!

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1. Apple Pie Moonshine Cocktail

What’s more American than apple pie? Apple pie moonshine, of course!

Brimming with apple and cinnamon goodness, it’s super crisp and refreshing.

You can prepare two glasses in five minutes or less, and you won’t believe how smoothly they go down.

Despite the moonshine (which is robust), this fall-flavored cocktail barely tastes alcoholic.

But don’t wait until the fall to enjoy it. The bright apple flavor and gentle sweetness make it the ideal drink for any season. 

2. Moonshine Margarita

If you want something bright and zesty, you have to try this moonshine margarita

It features the classic marg flavors of orange and lime. To that, you’ll add some grapefruit soda and Virginia Moon white whiskey.

It’s tart and tangy with just a hint of sweetness. If you’re a margarita lover, this drink is for you. 

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3. Moonshine Mule

Even a traditional Moscow Mule can benefit from a bit of moonshine.

And if you’re a fan of the classic cocktail, you’ll know from the name exactly what goes inside – moonshine instead of vodka.

It’s still full of zippy lime and a nice ginger kick. The moonshine just makes the overall taste a little darker and warmer.

Remember to serve it in the classic copper mug for aesthetics! 

4. Key Lime Pie Moonshine Cocktail

Do you love key lime pie? If so, you’ve got to try this key lime pie moonshine cocktail.

It has some sensational bold flavors that really taste like the delicious dessert. And it all starts with a base of moonshine and key lime juice.

Add a dash of vanilla simple syrup to help sweeten it, then serve it over ice with a lime wedge. 

To finish that pie effect, rim the glass with crushed Graham Crackers!

5. The Harvest Moon

Here’s another incredible apple-infused fall cocktail to make for the holidays.

The Harvest Moon uses only three ingredients, but they pack enough flavor to fill a room.

You’ll combine apple pie moonshine, apple cider, and seltzer water. The result is a fizzy, golden drink that looks (and smells!) as good as it tastes. 

It’s certainly a drink any apple cider fan will appreciate. Make a few and enjoy them the next time you have a bonfire. 

6. Cherry Limeade Cocktail

Remember those fantastic cherry limeades you drank as a kid? These cocktails taste just like that, and they’re crazy easy to recreate. 

You’ll need three ingredients (plus a lime wedge garnish) and about two minutes – tops! 

And remember, the alcohol in these is all in the cherries. So don’t forget to indulge in those. They’re scrumptious and very boozy. 

7. Lemonade Moonshine

Is there any drink more perfect for summer than lemonade? It’s pretty hard to beat, but so is this lemonade moonshine.

It’s a sweetly tart masterpiece featuring 151-proof liquor. 

It has all the perks of lemonade too. It’s refreshing and gives you a nice sugar rush without being overly sweet.

The alcohol’s kick is strong, but its taste fades into the lemony yumminess. 

It’s the same great lemonade you enjoyed as a kid. The only difference is that this one is definitely for adults only

8. Mojito Moonshine

When you think of moonshine, what comes to mind? A dark, amber-colored drink with a potent sour mash taste? 

Yeah, not this moonshine. 

It’s light, bright, and full of lime and minty goodness. Of all the options here, mojito moonshine is probably my favorite.

It tastes so fresh and clean. It’s one of the best mojitos you’ll ever try. 

Give this simple recipe a try, and thank me later.

9. Pineapple Moonshine

You won’t be surprised to hear this pineapple moonshine is sweet, tropical, and wonderfully fruity.

To make it, you’ll combine orange juice, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and more. 

It’s the kind of cocktail you’d drink while lounging on a Hawaiian beach with waves lapping at your toes.

It’s definitely not your Uncle Willy’s Tennessee moonshine, that’s for sure. 

Whip up a few the next time you’re on vacation. Or make several for you and your guests to enjoy for brunch. Either way, you won’t be disappointed. 

10. Sinful Dark Chocolate Moonshine

Want something a bit more decadent? Check out this recipe for dark chocolate moonshine.

As the name says, it’s sinfully delicious. 

Full of rich, sweet flavor, it’s incredibly versatile. You can add it to your (mid)morning coffee, hot chocolate, or even ice cream!

Of course, you can also enjoy it by itself. 

It requires a bit of easy cooking, though, so don’t wait until the last second to make it. Budget for at least half an hour. 

11. Orange Creamsicle Moonshine

This recipe takes everything you loved about Flinstone’s Push Pops as a kid, liquefies it, and adds booze.

Need I say more?

Creamy, dreamy, and impossible to resist, it’s like the classic Screwdriver, only 10,000 times yummier.

Try it if you’re looking for the perfect breakfast or brunch drink

12. Basil Peach Moonshine Cocktail

First of all, how stunning is this drink?

The slippery golden peaches look lovely pushing against the white ice cubes and green basil leaves. 

Needless to say, it smells incredible too. The peach and basil complement each other flawlessly, giving you a warm sweetness in every sip.

Then, there’s the moonshine and a bit of simple syrup to balance the whole thing. Every sip is like a cool breeze on a hot summer day. 

13. Strawberry Moonshine Jam Cocktail

Yes, you read that right. Strawberry moonshine jam cocktail.

There’s real jam in the mix, so expect something sweet (super sweet) and fruity with a wallop of strawberry flavor.

It’s not thick and sticky, though. Instead, it tastes like a typical strawberry cocktail

The jam takes the place of simple syrup, adding sweetness and flavor without thickening the texture. 

I know it sounds a little weird, but try it anyway. You might be surprised by how much you like it. 

And hey, feel free to use another kind of jam. Raspberry, blueberry, peach…the sky’s the limit!

13 Best Moonshine Cocktails and Mixed Drinks

Moonshine cocktails have been gaining popularity in recent years – and for good reason! They’re boozy, fun, and sure to liven up your next party.


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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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