Crock-Pot Lemonade Moonshine

Crock-Pot Lemonade Moonshine

With all the talk with the Apple Pie Moonshine, I was asked for recipes for a few others. One of which was Crock-Pot Lemonade Moonshine. I searched around the internet and found a few recipes and then turned to Great Grandpa to see what he thought. I then got this recipe. Simple enough. I did add lemon rind to the jars for a little more flavor to the final product. Everclear is a pure grain alcohol and is pretty strong. If your area does not sell this type of alcohol, or if you prefer to use something not as strong, use Vodka instead. The end result is still a flavorful lemonade alcoholic drink.

With New Year’s Eve just a few days away, You can make this now, and drink it then. Even after a few days, the flavor is nice.
Don’t forget:  Crock-Pot Apple Pie Moonshine


Crock-Pot Lemonade Moonshine

Crock-Pot Lemonade Moonshine


5 Lemons, juiced
6 Cups of Water
2 Cups of White Sugar
2 Cups of Everclear Grain Alcohol 190 Proof or Vodka


  1. In crock-pot, add water , sugar and lemon juice.
  2. Heat on high for 2 hours.
  3. Unplug crock-pot and allow the mixture to cool to room temp.
  4. Once liquid is cooled, add in 2 cups of grain alcohol or vodka.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Fill quart jars with liquid and place a lid and ring on jars.
  7. Allow this to sit for up to 30 days

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  1. Autumn Chavez says

    Is the alcohol content high enough that this can sit on the shelf without refrigeration like the apple pie recipe? (Though these usually taste better chilled) Thanks!

    • Lady Katie says

      I dont see an issue with it. The sugar in the recipe isnt used for fermentation, so supplementing a sugar substitute wont hurt.

  2. Jennifer Lehman says

    How long can this sit before being consumed? If I wanted to make it and give it as gifts can it sit for a while? How soon should it be consumed or should it be refrigerated until consumed to keep it ‘fresh’?

    • Lady Katie says

      You can consume it immediately if you want. The alcohol will keep it shelf stable without putting in the fridge. I have left them in a dark corner for months.

    • Lady Katie says

      Yes you can put this in the refrigerator. I have a wine bottle of the apple pie moonshine in the fridge that has been there for 2 years. We sip it every now and then. Still good. The alcohol will keep it shelf stable for some time.

    • Lady Katie says

      the alcohol takes on more of the lemon taste if you let it sit longer. but it does still taste good straight out of the jar!!

  3. Gary Neel says

    In the instructions (#6) you say “place” the lid and rings on the jar. Is that just put the lid on or tighten? Thanks!

    • Lady Katie says

      yes. Just put a lid on it so it does not spill. You can let it sit on the counter. The alcohol keeps it from spoiling.

  4. says

    Well .. It’s not moonshine .. Why would it be ? It’s just ever clear and lemons … Moonshine is when you take corn and work it into a mash then let it ferment and then cook it in a steal the steam goes through a copper tub that runs under cold water and it makes condensation and that is what makes moonshine

  5. Bill S. says


    Sorry, but this is not moonshine! This is made with nasty pure grain. Grain alcohol is some nasty stuff. You would need some real corn liquor to call this moonshine. Sorry, just tired of all of the people talking about having shine or apple pie shine, when it is just pure grain.

  6. says

    Why are you calling this moonshine? Moonshine is a completely different alcohol than vodka or everclear. Either you named this wrong or you don’t know what your talking about.

  7. Jenn says

    Thanks for the recipe, this will be a good change of pace from the Apple Pie that I usually make.

    For those of you who are getting worked up over the name of the drink, this is the “legal” way of making this since using “true” moonshine would require violating liquor laws in most states. This also gives an alternative to those individuals who do no like the strong taste of true moonshine and want something a little less harsh.

    • TeriB says

      THANK YOU, Jenn and Brandi! I, for one, don’t have a “fuzzy navel”, I am not a “Zombie”, nor am I a “Salty Dog”.
      I AM, however, as a law enforcement officer, looking in to the amount of people on this site who are so concerned that the terms “Moonshine” and “Everclear” are not being used properly.
      For the rest of you, enjoy the recipes! I plan to!

      • Lydia says

        I totally agree, thanks! I am gonna love making this lemon MOONSHINE. Please calm down folks and just enjoy your drink. Thanks Lady Katie

  8. says

    Geezeeeeee, thanks for the recipe. For all you other peeps with all the negative post, chill out.. we all know it’s just a title for a drink.. I don’t understand how ppl can be so hostile in a simple thing as a recipe with a similar title..

    • Ms Willie Meihls says

      I think I might add a few sprigs of fresh peppermint leaves that I have growing in abundance in my flower gardens for an added minty taste….plus it might look nice floating in the liquid!

  9. Barrence says

    What proof do you think this is? Is it weak? I’d like to make it about 80 proof. Think I would need more ever clear?

  10. Narina Hornung says

    I know it was asked, but would like to be clear because of the order of the post after talking about the apple moonshine…
    I would like to make it for gifts, but the directions say can sit up to 30 days. Can it sit for longer? I do not have fridge space, and would place it in the pantry.

  11. thrumpin says

    Sounds like some of you “negative nellies” need to sip some of this stuff to settle your nerves & sterilize your mouths with. Geesh! Everclear has a very high proof. Don’t worry about making this stuff too weak or having it spoil! I would like to suggest you try using limes as an alternative to lemons. Also, try using it for a punch ingredient for adults by adding some lime (lemon) sherbet & 7UP or Sprite to it.

  12. says

    Funny that people get so bent out of shape over the name moonshine
    what about sex on the beach…i never had sand or sex in one of mine.
    buttery nipples don’t have real buttered nipples (thank goodness)
    mud slides, dont have mud…
    i mean really…it is just the name of a drink folks…

  13. Rob says

    Hi folks, great recipe, im making it right now and I think im going to use 80 proof vodka instead of the everclear….as far as the name, I think we could keep all people from getting their panties in a wad by calling it “Crock Pot Hard Lemon Ade”…that’s what im gonna write on mine as gifts :) or even “Poor Boys Lemon Shine” would work 😉

  14. Suellen Brown says

    I made this a few days ago. It is wonderful! Next time, and there will be a next time, I will add one more lemon. 5 medium lemons were good, but I would like it a bit more lemony. Thank you so much for the recipe. This and the apple pie will be my Christmas presents next year. Oh, I shaved off much of the rind – minus any pith, of course – and cooked it in the sugar syrup. Looks good in the jar and is tasty to chew on.

  15. Sherry says

    I am trying the lemonade moonshine as I am writing this post. Instead of regular vodka I am using raspberry vodka to make raspberry lemonade. I will let you know how it tastes. Also, I am slicing lemons and placing them in the jars.

  16. Phyllis says

    Love this. What’s wrong with some of you? Have you not heard about the banana split cake which is not a banana split. Lady Kate, you do not need to change the name. Some people try to find wrong in everything. This is delish. But I used the 80% also.

  17. Sean says

    moon•shine (ˈmunˌʃaɪn)

    1. Informal. smuggled or illicitly distilled liquor, esp. illicitly distilled corn liquor.

    Nowhere does it say it has to be made in a still like your lazy ass saw on TV.

    To the Author I love all these liquor recipes they are fast, easy, cheap, and above all taste great!

  18. says

    For those of y’all that are complaining that this recipe called for everclear and not shine must have something wrong with your brain. I’m sure you could sub the everclear for any other liquor including white lighting if that is what you want to do. Duh!

  19. Rebecca says

    This sounds great. Thank you for posting. Do I need to boil the jars, lids and rings? I am new to this and I want to make it. Thanks.

    • Lady Katie says

      If you are using ball canning jars, you need the jars and rings. But any jar that has a sealing lid is fine.

  20. Deb says

    Waiting for this to ‘cool’ right now…Can’t wait!!! Obviously, it’s NOT ‘MoonShine’ people…that would be illegal…CHILL OUT…It’s Fun and an Adult Beverage…Leave it at that!!! Must add, very Easy to make 😉 And kitchen smells Wonderful from the lemons!!!!!

  21. kathy says

    I’ve never tried doing this with a crock pot but similar to a plum cordial recipe I use all the time. Fill a gallon jar with wild plums and 2 cups sugar and add a bottle of vodka and let sit a few months till the holidays. Drain fruit and enjoy .( I shake /stir the jar once in awhile to help make the sugar dissolve and I’ve also tried it with grapes,pears, and cherry’s). Looking forward to trying this in crock pot cause the sugar would dissolve quicker.

    • Lady Katie says

      plums!! well I will try this come fall when I have loads of fresh plums. I think it would be great heated in the crock-pot and then add the vodka and let sit. thanks Kathy!

  22. Summer says

    What happens if you cook with the vodka in the mix? My friend made some today and Mixed it in before he realized

  23. Sherry Deiter says

    I wrote a comment in January about raspberry vodka. I tried it last night and it tastes awesome. Definitely something you should try.
    My next attempt is peach pie in the crockpot.

  24. Melanie N says

    It’s also called a Lemon Drop in the restaurants… If you add Raspberry liquor its a Raspberry Lemon Drop… very tasty! I use Vodka tho. Everclear is not sold where I live.

  25. colleen says

    And……Puppy chow is NOT made with real puppies! Just sayin’…
    Relax people! Holy cow! You must be fun to live with if you get so worked up over things like the name of a recipe!

  26. shawn says

    I see most all of the moonshine recipes call for ever clear alcohol I cant find it in my area is their any other kind of alcohol that will work just as good

    • says

      I don’t see why not Beverly! While we have not tested this recipe with sliced lemons in it I don’t foresee a reason why it would be a bad idea. In fact, I think it would add some lovely color and maybe some extra flavor to your Lemonade Moonshine!

    • Lady Katie says

      hmmm….you could do an Orange Moonshine with just Orange Juice. 3/4 Orange Juice then the other 1/4 Everclear

    • says

      Hey Anthony, our apologies for not seeing your question sooner. As long as your lids are clean (soap and hot water) you should be good not sterilizing the lids in boiling water as the alcohol will kill most germs. However if you want to boil the lids first you are of course welcome to do so.

  27. Erin says

    Great recipe, I added a little twist. I replaced one of the cups of sugar w/1/2 cup of “Countrytime Lemonade” powder mix. Turned out great. Really sour, like a sour lemonhead candy. The recipe above is great as is, just tried to kick up the sour a bit on one batch.

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