Lemon Drop Moonshine

Here’s a lemon drop moonshine recipe that anyone can enjoy. And you don’t need a still to make one!

Sure, sounds like a shortcut, but the pleasant citrus tang atop the hefty spirit hit will make it up in full. The ingredients are easily source-able from any grocery store, preparing and mixing the moonshine takes about 30 minutes, so it’s definitely worth trying it out.

Just make sure to keep the mixture in the fridge for a couple of days at least. The longer it sits, the mellower is the taste.

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Lemon Drop Moonshine
A refreshing summer-time infusion!
  • 2 Cups of Sugar (granulated)
  • 6 Cups of Filtered Water
  • 2 Cups of Moonshine (or Everclear if you're lazy!)
  • 2 Cups of Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice (about 8 lemons)

    Equipment - See our guide here!
  • Mixing Vessel (a cleaned out fermentation bucket works well)
  • Mixing Spoon
  1. Pre-heat water to about 86°F.
  2. Mix the sugar into warm water with a spoon until is completely dissolved.
  3. Let the mixture cool to ambient temperature.
  4. Pour in Everclear and lemon juice.
  5. Let the mix mature – the longer it stays the mellower it gets but feel free to get a taste test!

3 Great Ways to Enjoy Your ‘Shine!

Backwoods Sippin’

If you’re the type who likes to keep it classic and pay their respects to the ol’ fashion way, these cheap mason jars are great for storing your bulk moonshine and sippin’ on!

Pour for the Gang

A neat twist on the classic mason jar style. These pour spouts make it easy to share and prep drinks from your stash in a jiffy.

Shoot em’…Down!

A super fun way to pass around taste testers, or go round-for-round with your buddies. These little shot glasses match the theme great with their mason jar inspired design!

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Lemon Drop Moonshine Recipe

24 thoughts on “Lemon Drop Moonshine”

  1. You DO need to seal the jars so that outside air doesn’t get in, this allows the flavors to meld during the steeping process.

  2. So I live in Missouri where it is legal to make moonshine can I make the lemonade in the Moonshine then add the other ingredients to it will be ok

  3. I put it in empty glass booze bottles or canning jars and keep it in the refrigerator or freezer. I’ve kept the apply pie moonshine in the frig for over a year with no problem.

  4. It is better if you store it in a dark cool place. Doesnt need to be in a fridge. Also if you add a cinn stick when cooking, it will help take some “bite” out of it if you cant wait to drink it.

    I have never sealed any of my moonshine jars. I fill them to the top. The everclear will kill any germs in the jars. A hot bath in my opinion is not recommended as the liquor can start to evaporate.

    • Todd….I’ve never used lemon drop candy but it should work. I’ve made Jolly Rancher shine and it came out real good. Take 20 pieces of candy and put in a pan with a small amount of water.Heat on stove until the candy melts.Add this to a pint jar of shine.Shake…The longer it sits the better it is but you can drink right away

  5. Want an even nicer lemon flavour?
    Wash 2 lemons really well with warm soapy water and then rinse them clean. Zest both lemons. Get ALL of the zest, but make sure you don’t get any of the white pith underneath the outer zest.
    Put the zest in the Moonshine (or Everclear) into a glass sealer jar and let it sit for a month. Every day put the jar into the freezer in the morning and pull it out at night. This will pull all of the natural lemon oils out of the zest, and permeate them into the liquor.
    After this month, then heat and mix your water and sugar mixture.
    Let it cool and add the lemon infused liquor to the sweetened water.
    You may want to add more sugar if you like it sweeter.
    The natural oils from the zest give a much richer flavour than the lemon juice.
    Yes, this takes longer, and a bit more effort, but the end result is a MUCH better product.


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