Watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, and cherries my favorite summer fruits, however, once peach season starts in late summer I only have eyes for them! After I enjoyed a few perfectly ripe peaches a couple weeks ago (and yes the juice was dribbling down my chin and arms...the best), I decided to tinker with making a Fresh Peach Moonshine Recipe. And boy did it turn out delicious!
If you follow me on Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook or visit this site often, you know that I enjoy cocktails, wine and making interesting libations like my very popular Apple Pie Moonshine and Chocolate Moonshine. While my husband enjoys beer, bourbon, scotch, whiskey, and gin. Between us, I think we have all the bases covered, lol!
Last summer, I tinkered with a Blueberry Moonshine, however it didn't thrill me like the others I make, so I figured I would move on to peaches.
I grabbed a bunch of fresh peaches (from a New Jersey farm) and got down to it. I let the moonshine sit for a week after I made it and then I decided to strain out all of the pulp. One of my friends said she likes pulp and that I should leave it in, however, I just had a feeling that most would enjoy this moonshine better pulp-free.
I took the large jar of my homemade fresh Peach Moonshine to a barbecue a friend was hosting recently, and it was a hit!
You can control just how peachy you make this as well as how strong. Play around with it. Like I always say taste and adjust. If it's too strong, add water. Too weak add more of one of the alcohols.
If you are looking for something fun to make that has a kick! Try making a batch of this Fresh Peach Moonshine Recipe. I served it in disposable shot glasses. Just tell everyone to hold on to their glass, lol! Because the will most likely want more!
Ingredients to make Peach Moonshine
- Brown Sugar
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Peach Schnapps
- Everclear (grain alcohol)
- Peach juice
Tip - Always let your mixture cool down before adding the alcohol. You don't want any of the alcohol to burn off 🙂
Its really simple to make homemade flavored moonshines using grain alcohol (Everclear) as the base. I keep all my moonshines after I make them in the freezer since we love them ice cold and that pretty much keeps them indefinitely (even though they never last long). They never freeze fully due to the alcohol.
The more alcohol you add the less it will freeze. And they thaw and are ready to drink quickly, even if they do partially freeze like my Chocolate Moonshine may. If you enjoy slushie cocktails, try my Bourbon Slush, its always a hit, plus it cools you down!!
And as I always say...Taste and adjust to you preferences. Always start by adding less alcohol, shake/stir and taste. After it chills in the fridge or freezer, taste it again and add more alcohol at any time.
If you enjoy making homemade moonshines and other fun boozy recipes for parties and food gifts, check out my Apple Pie Moonshine (one of the most popular recipes of Souffle Bombay...an oldie but a goodie!). I call it "A party IN a jar!"
And my Chocolate Moonshine or Chocolate Liquor...whatever you want to call it, its INSANELY delicious and decadent! It's kind of like a boozy chocolate shake OR the chocolate martini of your dreams!
If you make any of the above...I would LOVE to see your creation! Tag me on Instagram with a pic of your creation at @SouffleBombay or #SouffleBombay!
Recipe originally published July, 2018. Some text updates were made September, 2020.
As I am not a dietitian or nutritionist. the nutritional information provided by a WordPress plug-in.
Fresh Peach Moonshine Recipe
- 4 cups of water
- 1 ½ cups brown sugar
- 4 large peaches each cut into six slices you can choose to leave the skin on or take it off.
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- ¾ cups Peach Schnapps
- 1 cup Everclear
- Peach juice - I used a 33.8 oz liter container of Ceres 100% natural peach juice (see notes)
- In a medium pot, combine water, sugar, peach slices and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to sit until cooled to room temperature.
- Pull out the cinnamon sticks and set aside.
- Strain liquid into a large jar or container (with lid), pressing on solids to get every bit of liquid.
- Add in the cinnamon sticks, Peach Schnapps, Everclear and Peach Juice.
- Shake well.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 days.
- Taste and adjust to your liking by adding more Everclear or Schnapps OR if you feel its too strong, add in ¼ cup of water (or more) until it's to your liking.
- Using a mesh strainer, slowly pour your mixture through it to remove the pulp. Pressing on solids as you do. Discard solids and repeat.
- I like to serve this as cold as possible, so I put it in a cooler of ice or in the freezer for an hour before serving. I serve it in shot glasses.
- Keeps in your fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Jamie Ostland says
My wife thought she was a hillbilly like her late father. She put 5lbs of peach slices split in 2 pots. She used yeast and sugar and say sealed on porch two months maybe
We strained pulp with cheese cloth
and Walsh,sour water after months
Is there a reason this wouldn’t keep longer?
I am being conservative. Plus it never lasts long. I am sure it would keep longer. Especially if stored in the freezer.
It sounds to me like your yeast died. This happens when there is not enough sugar. The recipe being used has to be exact, do perfect measurements. For gallon of water of water being used, it goes the same for your ingredients. For instance if you are using 5 gallons of water, u need 5 lbs of sugar, 5 lbs yeast, and 5 lbs fresh or canned fruit. On top of 5 gallons water. If u boil all ingredients together it will cut down the fermentation time. Its 7 - 14 days to ferment. Then strain and enjoy
5 lbs of yeast or yeet?
You definitely do not need 5 lbs of yeast
Boyd Kobe says
That sounds like a delicious drink! Definitely, want to give this a try. cheers!
Hi Charlotte and Thank you! I can print them out fine by hitting the print button without an issue. Let me ask a few friends to try it as well and see what happens. I AM about to change the software for my recipe cards, hopefully, that fixes the issue for any that are having it. In the interim, maybe just a cut and paste for you to see it clearly?
I was at a tasting at Kalifornia distillery, and bought some peach pie moonshine. Can you tell me the ingredients for a cocktail with that? I tried once and did not have the right equivilants., So would appreciate a recipe
Thanks for your time!
I just prepared it and it made my house smell so nice
The taste is amazing thanks...It was easy to do....and my family will enjoy it this weekend
Rebecca Alvarado says
What does 1 cup + everclear mean?
Hi Rebecca, I must have hit the plus symbol by accident! I removed it, thanks for pointing that out. It's just 1 cup of Everclear.
Since we don’t mind the pulp I used Peach nectar juice and it was delicious! Next time I will leave a few peach pieces in the jars as well 😃
Perfect! Glad you enjoyed Ann!
How long will this peach moonshine keep in the fridge I kept others in a fridge for up to a year
I always keep my homemade shines in the freezer, I have had some there for up to 5 months.Problem is they never last long.
Big Willy says
Yeah.... This is not moonshine. This is, at best, a cocktail. At worst, this is cinnamon and schnapps flavored turpentine. You want to make some good peach shine, soak the peaches - sans skin, unless you like carpet in your drink - in a good quality high-alcohol moonshine such as white lightening or ole smokey blue fire for a few weeks. Everclear is for frat-parties and making extracts, but that's another story.
I know its not real, made-in-the-woods moonshine, lol! However for home cooks this is delicious and better than the super-strong real shines I have had the chance to taste. Just having fun with booze here 🙂
Jersey Girl Cooks says
I want some peach moonshine! This looks fabulous!
You've got this!! Thanks!
jonah hill says
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Lynne E Odom says
what do you think about adding a 1/2 cup french vanilla coffee cream to the mixture to make it peaches and cream...do you think that would work or be ok to do?
Hi Lynne, I have no experience with coffee cream sadly. It does sound yummy however. Maybe experiment with it after its made as is and make that by the glass?
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dunkin donuts says
That sounds like a delicious drink! Definitely, want to give this a try. cheers!
What process would I go about if I want to can it where I don't have to put it in the refrigerator?
Hi Dianna, I don't know. I have never canned food other than a quick pickle.