Crock-Pot Cherry Pie Moonshine

Crock-Pot Cherry Pie Moonshine

Crock-Pot Cherry Pie Moonshine

I found the cans of  Cherries in Heavy Syrup in by the pie fillings section of the grocery store. Not every store carries this and it took a couple of stores before I found them. The cherry juice was another issue in finding it. I finally found an organic cherry juice.

If you make your own juices and can your own fruit, that would work too.

Grain alcohol is sold locally as Everclear. It is 190 proof and carries quite the punch. If you choose not to use grain alcohol you can use vodka instead. The taste is pretty similar and vodka does not have quite as much proof.

You can drink this Cherry Pie Moonshine immediately, or allow it to sit in the refrigerator or on a shelf for 2 or more weeks. The longer it sits, the better the flavor. Strain out the cherries before you drink it…but do not throw them away! The cherries will have a high alcohol content and are tasty! It is shelf stable so there is no need to seal the jars or worry about the liquid going bad.

This is one of those recipes that is fun to make and bring to a gathering. It is an adult beverage.

Check out our other Crock-Pot Moonshine Recipes:

Crock-Pot Cherry Pie Moonshine

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Crock-Pot Cherry Pie Moonshine


2 (15 oz.) Cans Cherries in Heavy Syrup (such as Oregon Brand
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 (32 oz.) Bottle Cherry Juice
2 Cups Grain Alcohol or Vodka (Pint size)


  1. Add the sugar, cherry juice and both cans of cherries to the crock-pot.
  2. Cook on low for 1 hour to 2 hours or until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is heated.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool.
  4. Once the liquid has cooled , add in the grain alcohol or vodka.
  5. Pour mixture into jars with lids.
  6. Makes about 3 Quart Jars

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  1. Scott says

    What would happen if you added the grain alcohol/vodka and then warmed it for the alloted time? Would it infuse the cherry taste more? Thanks!

    • Lady Katie says

      Your alcohol will burn off. You wouldnt get more taste at all, just less alcohol. That and heat can cause the alcohol to catch on fire.

  2. says

    Does this have to be stored in a dark place for 30 days is it better if it has at least 30 days for alcohol to take the flavor, I see some call for dark space is that needed, new to all this but want to try it out. want to know also the longer it sits the better?

    • Lady Katie says

      the longer it sits, the more of a cherry taste the alcohol will take on. You want to store it in the fridge, or a cool dark place. If you store it in spot that is sunny, it can degrade it. You can drink it right away, but the longer it sits the better a flavor it is.

  3. Clive Burton says

    Just wanted to to say thanks for this recipe. I have just made my first batch of Cherry. I think its going to turn out awesome!!
    Now I just have to have patience! …this is the teicky

    I also made a modified verson of the lemon.. changed it to:
    5 small lemons
    3 large Oranges

    I wanted to share a pic. .. but dont see how..sso I will share one on the FB page.


      • Clive Burton says

        It really mellows out the lemon, and yes gives you a twist of orange. I was a little impatient. .and had a sample. I think its going to turn out awesome.. I have already had a few people ask me for some… its gonna be great sat around the fire pit in the middle of summer.

  4. Rick says

    AWESOME Crock-Pot “moonshine” recipes!!! My question is… If I am making the Crock-Pot Cherry Pie Moonshine, which cherries do YOU suggest?? I saw that OREGON brand offers Dark Sweet Cherries & Royal Anne Cherries, packed in heavy syrup. I’ve failed to locate tart/sour cherries packed in syrup. Any thoughts/input??

    • Lady Katie says

      either of those will work. I think the Dark Sweet Cheeries will add something different to the mix but a “different good” taste. I used the Royal Anne Cherries in mine.

  5. Shirley says

    I tried Cherry Pie Shine for the first time at the Sparks America Bike Rally and absolutely loved it. Today I will attempt to make it myself. I found all the ingredients I needed at my local Walmart! The cherry juice was in the juice section and the cherries in heavy syrup was with the canned fruits. I am using 48oz of juice since that was the smallest that I found. And using Everclear for the alcohol.

  6. Cissy Vaughn says

    Hi, is it correct that this can sit on a dark shelf at room temperature just fine for 6 months, or does it need to be refrigerated in order to stay good?

  7. Patti says

    I canned fresh semi-sweet Door County (pitted) cherries with a light syrup (boiled water & sugar). I stored in a dark place for a month. There is a “fizz” like taste; almost like alcohol but alcohol was not added. Any idea how or why this happened? Are they safe to eat and/or make cherry bounce?

    • Lady Katie says

      they probably started to ferment similar to wine. If the lids did not seal, this is more than likely what you have. me personally, I would try it. But I am sure the recommended standards for canning would say toss to be safe.

      • Patti Bruss says

        I have eaten a few and haven’t gotten sick. So, I think I will try it. And that makes sense that they started to ferment. Thank you VERY much for your reply :)


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