I have to start this post by saying that my house smells AWESOME right now. This Peach Pie Moonshine is the last of my canning to-do list (though not my last recipe to post!), and it smells so good while it simmers, it’s almost worth making just for the smell. Although the taste is pretty awesome too. 🙂
I made moonshine (which is just a fancy word for blended liqueur) to use as Christmas gifts this year and for a few Halloween parties. And since it is going to be gifts, it needed a pretty crochet top! I thought of the beautiful lattice tops on a fresh peach pie, and viola! Peach Pie Moonshine and a Peach Pie Lattice Jar Cover to match.
But it wouldn’t be fair to offer up just the jar cover when I have this amazing peachy, cinnamon-vanilla smell wafting through my house. I am sharing the smell (and some really tasty moonshine!) with you as well!
It is great mixed with 7up or Sprite for a refreshing Autumn-themed beverage, and it is also awesome for a hot toddy when you get hit with one of those winter colds. It also makes an amazing addition to coffee or cocoa on a cold night.
Peach Pie Moonshine Recipe
1 64 oz bottle White Grape Peach Juice
1 cup brown sugar
4 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
3 cinnamon sticks
1/2 vanilla bean
1 – 1 1/2 cups Everclear 95% grain alcohol
3/4 cup Peach Schnapps
- In a medium pot, combine juice, brown sugar, peaches, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla bean. Bring to a boil. Simmer on low for 1 hour.
- Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. (DO NOT add alcohol to hot liquid! Wait until it is completely cool!)
- Once cool, add alcohol. Put in 1 cup of Everclear and then taste. Add up to 1 1/2 cups until moonshine is desired strength.
- Pouring through a skimmer or cheese cloth, pour into pint mason jars.
- Store in a cool, dry place for as long as you need. The alcohol will keep it preserved.
Tip: Toss the cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean, but SAVE THE PEACHES! Put them in the fridge, and put them over vanilla ice cream for a decadent dessert. 🙂
Next, to dress up the jars! I love making jar covers. They add so much personality to otherwise dull canned goods.
Peach Pie Lattice Jar Cover
Furls Odyssey G (4.5 mm) hook
Red Heart Super Saver or similar worsted weight yarn, 100% acrylic, Buff, less than 50 yds.
4-dc cluster: [Yo, insert hook into st and pull up a loop, pull through 2 loops] 4 times in the same st, pull through all 4 loops on hook.
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, 17 dc. Bind off and weave in ends.
Rnd 1: Working around the outside edge, work two sc in the end dc of each strip. (24 sts around) This will make the lattice scrunch up. That’s okay, it need to scrunch to stretch over the lid of the jar.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, 3 dc cluster in same st, 4-dc cluster in each st around. (24 clusters)
Bind off and weave in ends. Stretch over lid of jar.
If you wish, cut a strand of yarn about 24 inches long and thread in and out through the base of the cluster stitches. Tie in a cute bow.
I hope you enjoy your yummy moonshine, the amazing smell of simmering peach pie in your house, and the adorable gift-ready jars.
Kati is the designer behind Hooked by Kati. With thousands of patterns sold around the world, Kati prides herself in creating innovative, easy-to-follow amigurumi patterns. She has designed for several publications, including Crochet!, Crochet World, Simply Crochet, and I Like Crochet. Kati finds her inspiration in science fiction, video games, and numerous visits to the zoo — all passions she shares with her husband and two boys.