If you're drinking old school, there's nothing like a Cape Cod (cranberry juice, vodka and a squeeze of lime). But there's something even better than a Cape Cod, and that's our cranberry moonshine. By itself or as a cocktail mixer, this tart and sweet moonshine recipe is one you'll love all through the winter. As pretty as it is tasty, try serving it at your end of year holiday parties. It also makes a lovely hostess gift.

Your first step is to combine two cups of fresh cranberries, 1/4 cup sugar (white sugar works best in this recipe), and the same amount of water. Cook the mixture for about five minutes, or until the sugar dissolves. Let it cool about 20 minutes, or until it's room temperature. Then carefully pour both the cranberry syrup mixture and the bottle of moonshine into a large mason jar (two jars, if you need them).

The cranberry and moonshine mix needs three days to infuse, so let the jar sit in a cool, dark spot (not in the refrigerator) for that long. Then strain the liquid through a fine-mesh strainer and discard the cranberries. Pour the moonshine into a clean mason jar (or several if you're giving some of it away) and store it in the refrigerator for up to two months. When you're ready to serve your infused moonshine, make a cranberry moonshine cocktail by mixing equal amounts of the cranberry moonshine and ginger ale.

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Cranberry Moonshine 

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes



  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 750 ml bottle moonshine
  • To Make 1 Drink
  • 3 oz cranberry moonshine
  • 3 oz ginger ale


In a small saucepan combine the cranberries, sugar, and water and heat until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Let cool about 20 minutes.

To a jar add the cranberry syrup and the moonshine, stirring to combine. Cover and let the moonshine infuse for three days at room temperature. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer, discarding the cranberries. Transfer the moonshine to a clean jar and keep in the fridge for up to 2 months.

To Make 1 Drink

In a glass filled with ice combine the moonshine with ginger ale. Garnish with a lime if desired.


If the moonshine doesn't fit in one jar, divide the mixture evenly between several jars. If fresh cranberries are not available, use frozen cranberries.

Perfect Pairing

Serve this Cranberry Moonshine with Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Moonshine
Amount Per Serving
Calories 49
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1mg 0%
Potassium 0.3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Sugars 7g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.