If you like to give homemade gifts for the holidays, we've got the perfect project for you with this moonshine recipe. Peppermint moonshine is a delightfully pretty drink and it's so easy to make. If you need a last-minute hostess gift, you can DIY a batch of this peppermint candy cane moonshine fairly quickly, let it chill while you get ready for the party, and then all you have to do is tie a shiny ribbon around the jar.

Take peppermint candy canes (use a package with 12 candy canes) and crush them up. You can use a food processor or blender, or if you need a little bit of stress relief, put the candy canes in a closed bag and use a rolling pan to smash or crush them. Bring 3.5 cups water to boil in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan or dutch oven, then add 2.5 cups sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Repeat with the crushed candy canes, making sure the candy is completely dissolved.

Mason Jars

Let the simple syrup mixture chill for about an hour, then divide it into six pint-sized mason jars. Add the moonshine (or Everclear, in a pinch) to each jar. It's best if you let it sit for a day or two before drinking, but like other infused moonshines, peppermint moonshine gets better the longer you let it sit! If you're not giving the moonshine away as a holiday gift, try using it in place of peppermint schnapps or other minty liqueurs in cocktail recipes for your holiday party, or simply add it to your hot chocolate or favorite coffee drink.

To go along with this candy cane moonshine recipe, check out our other moonshine recipes perfect for the holiday season, including apple pie moonshine and cranberry moonshine.

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Peppermint Moonshine 

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes

quart mason jars


  • 12 candy canes
  • 2 cups moonshine


Blend candy canes in blender until crushed and/or liquified.

Portion into mason jars, and pour in moonshine equally into jars. Store for 1-2 days, though the longer it sits, the better it gets!

Nutrition Facts
Peppermint Moonshine
Amount Per Serving
Calories 619
% Daily Value*
Sodium 3mg 0%
Potassium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 108g 36%
Sugars 106g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.