Dave’s Lemonade Moonshine Recipe AKA Dave’s Harder Lemonade

We found a great buy on Fresh Lemons today at our local WalMart.  I had pleasing thoughts of Fresh Lemonade, and Ice Tea with Fresh Lemon Slices . . . but Then It Came to Me . . . Like a Flash of Burning Everclear . . . Lemonade Moonshine!  What a perfect solution for all those Lemons.  And so the experiment began with me squeezing lemons.  I decided to use the same proportions as I did with my Sour Mix Recipe.  On this experiment I am using 151 Proof Everclear for two reasons, number one, many of our readers only have access to 151 Proof and number two, its all my liquor store had.  Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:
2 cups Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
6 cups Water
2 cups Granulated Sugar
2 cups 151 Proof Everclear

1: Put the water and sugar in a small pot, heat over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the water starts to clear.  It does not need to boil. Stir occasionally so you do not burn the sugar.  Now let it cool.

2:  Add the Lemon Juice and the Everclear to your syrup, stir it all together and bottle it.  Like all other liqueurs it mellows with age, a few hours, a few days, a few weeks . . . it’s up to you!

This recipe yields about 3 quarts.

This recipe is a little tart, but it’s what I prefer.  If it’s too sour for you add a little sugar, a tablespoon at a time until you get the taste you want.  This is the Joy of Making Your Own, you customize it to your taste.

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61 Responses to Dave’s Lemonade Moonshine Recipe AKA Dave’s Harder Lemonade

  1. City Shiner says:

    Hey Dave I was wondering could you use the lemonade recipe and make a iced tea moonshine?

    • City Shiner says:

      Hey Dave I was wondering could you use the lemonade recipe and make a iced tea moonshine?

      Brew sweet tea and add moonshine?

      • Dave says:

        That’s one possibility. I like Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea, my own version of it is very simple: 1 bottle of cheap vodka 80 or 100 proof, your choice! I use Black Tea from Walmart, each bag makes 1 quart. Pour the vodka into a 1 quart or larger canning jar, toss in two bags of tea and let it sit for 48 hours, remove the tea bags and sweeten to taste.

    • Dave says:

      Why not? Be creative!

  2. missjl says:

    Could you please send recipes for moonshine to miss_jl@yahoo.com. Thank you.

  3. Anthony says:

    Dave – Loved the Apple Pie, going to try the Lemonade next weekend. Have you ever made a Mojito-flavored moonshine before (with everclear instead of rum of course :) . I was thinking the same ingredient proportions as your lemonade only with lime juice and steeped mint leaves instead of the lemon. What are your thoughts??

  4. msbacktowork says:

    Dave could you send me the spreadsheet everyone is talking about. Love your recipes

  5. cindyfussell says:

    Hey Dave,
    Love the moonshine recipes! Will you please email the spreadsheet? Really interested in the pumpkin pie moonshine recipe. Thanks!
    Cindyfussell@yahoo.com

  6. melissad says:

    Could I substitute cranberry juice concentrate for some or all of the sugar? If so, should I add it with the water and sugar?

  7. olinray329 says:

    Loved the peach recipe could I get a copy of the
    Spread sheet thanks. rayroton@gmail.com

  8. harmpit says:

    Can I have a spreadsheet? harmpit@gmail.com. Thanks!

  9. D Brown says:

    Hi Dave,
    Did the Apple and Peach pie several times. All I can say is it’s the greatest. Can’t wait to try the Lemon aid. I seem to have added a bunch of new friends since I started making it.
    May i please have a copy of the spreadsheet?

  10. blbradford says:

    Hi Dave. Can you email me a copy of your spreadsheet? Thanks!
    Meanpale@gmail.com.com

  11. shane007f says:

    Hi Dave,

    I made a batch of your apple pie moonshine a couple of weeks ago and love it. I’m about to try making your harder lemonade next. I can’t wait to taste it. I was wondering if I could get the spreadsheet to try some other tasty drinks.

    Thanks

  12. cityshiner says:

    DoG,

    If you would could u help me find a blueberry recipe I haven’t bn able to find one n I think I’m goin to try n figure one out if email at lgjaquetjr@Gmail.com thx

  13. killerb025 says:

    Dave,

    Can you send me the spreadsheet. Thanks

    Killerb025@yahoo.com

  14. Dreamer58 says:

    Dave, made the Apple Pie & Peach Pie Moonshines, turned out great !! Getting ready to try the Lemonade w/everclear… I was wondering if you could send me some of your other recipes ? What do you put the honey in, I love honey !! Thank YOU for the recipes !! (sally.dreamer@gmail.com).

  15. teddykgb says:

    Dave,
    Made about 10 quarts of lemonade shine last wkend for the 4th. Damn tasty & great sippin’ during dog days of summer. Seems I’m like the Pied Piper of Shine; I’ve got a following. Thanks Dave for the recipe. Seems the ladies like to cut it w/ a little club soda over ice w/ a lemon wedge. We get ‘tucky fancy w/a sprig of mint on occasion. I got a request for a ” lite” shine recipe…. ever heard of swapping out cane sugar for sugar substitutes? Not quite sure if will taste the same,but thought I would pose the question to the ‘shine brotherhood. Happy Independence Day; God bless America.

  16. brrengr says:

    Dave – made a batch of lemonade and after a few days noticed that a thick whitish “glob” had formed in the bottom of the jar. Any ideas? Don’t think it is pulp as I had strained the mix thru a paper coffee filter as it was going into the jar.

  17. spott-on says:

    I just made the Lemon with Simply Lemonade 1.5 gal, 2 cups 191, .5 cup Lemoncello, .5 cup Peach liquor, 1 cup simple syrup. Let you know in a couple weeks!

    • spott-on says:

      Adjustment, 2 bottles of Simply Lemonade
      2 cups 151 Everclear
      1 cup Peach Scnapps ( Charles Regnier)
      1 cup Caravella Limonchello
      3/4 cup +/- simple syrup
      2 slices of lemon in each jar
      2 maraschino cherries on bottom of jar
      Makes 11 pints

      Delicious!

  18. smith.jon22 says:

    I wonder if anyone still has a copy of the spreadsheet so many are talking about? I would like to have a copy sent to smith.jon22@aol.com !

  19. KFowler says:

    Hi Dave,
    We are experimenting with several different flavors of moonshine at the moment. Thank you so much for getting us started. I was wondering if we may be able to get a copy of the spreadsheet. kristareichert@hotmail.com

    It would be greatly appreciated. thank you

  20. joshwd says:

    Hey Dave, I was wondering if you had any recipes for a pecan flavored moonshine? I see everything else uses some sort of juice….I’m guessing I would need to use some sort of pecan extract? Any thoughts on this?

    • teddykgb says:

      Dave,
      Made about 10 quarts of lemonade shine last wkend for the 4th. Damn tasty & great sippin’ during dog days of summer. Seems I’m like the Pied Piper of Shine; I’ve got a following. Thanks Dave for the recipe. Seems the ladies like to cut it w/ a little club soda over ice w/ a lemon wedge. We get ‘tucky fancy w/a sprig of mint on occasion. I got a request for a ” lite” shine recipe…. ever heard of swapping out cane sugar for sugar substitutes? Not quite sure if will taste the same,but thought I would pose the question to the ‘shine brotherhood. Happy Independence Day; God bless America.

  21. corinne1783 says:

    Hi Dave –

    We love your apple pie recipe, and can’t wait to try the lemon. I was wondering if you have a recipe for strawberry moonshine?

    Thanks!
    Corinne

  22. Ratchili says:

    Wanted to share that I took your lemonade recipe and created a Key Lime Pie Moonshine. Here is the recipe if you want it:
    6 Cups of water
    2 Cups white sugar
    2 Cups bottled Key Lime juice
    1/2 Cup Whipped Cream Vodka
    1 1/2 Cups 190 proof Everclear

    Dissolve the sugar in the water. Then add the juice and liquors. Like the lemonade recipe, you can add sugar a teaspoon at a time if it too tart. I only added maybe a 1/4 tsp extra. This made exactly 3 quarts. I have made the Apple Pie, Peach Pie and Cherry Pie versions and my wife said the Key Lime was her favorite.

  23. snowball says:

    Co worker told me bout banana shine, said it tasted just like banana runts, sweetest taste. I was wonderin how would you make that? Banana puddin mix? If anybody has anything I’d appreciate some help.

  24. travisb08 says:

    Do you need to seal the mason jars

    • Dave says:

      Just screw the lids on and you’re done!

      • bootheel shine says:

        Dave, I am brand new to your site and have been enjoying every bit of the useful information. I am also a new shiner, I tried your “harder Lemonade” recipe am and loved it! Thanks so much for sharing. I would love to have a spreadsheet with your recipes for Apple pie , strawberry, blackberry, and the lemon, if at all possible. Please let me know what i need to do, to obtain them. Thanks again for this great site, and thanks ahead of time for the spreadsheets. Email rsn777@att.net

  25. City Shiner says:

    Dave. Got a ? about the lemonade the first time I made this it was perfect. The next 2 times I made it it separated. What would cause thi and is it still ok if I shake it up and serve it?

    Thanks,

    City Shiner

  26. Retta says:

    Have you ever heard of a recipe using Everclear, 7 UP and lemonhead candy? I have heard of this but do not have the measurements or the recipe.

  27. ladybugs says:

    do you have a recipe for grape moonshine?

  28. Jackson says:

    Wow, love this recipe. Got home and could not wait to make it. Here’s how I did it fast and with only half the stuff….Ran the faucet till it was Hot. Put 3 cup in a pan. Put 1cup sugar in and stir’d till clear…Almost had 1 cup lemon juice in the fridge, squeezed 3 lemons into it with pulp. I had 1 cup of EC left in a bottle. In the pan it whent. Cut 3 lemon wheels drop’d them in the mason jar… then fill’d her up. There was just enough to pour in a Red Solo over ice while the Jar whent in to the fridge. Did it in under 5 min. Will be maken more this weekend for the cookout.

  29. osterr1999 says:

    What is the alcohol percentage on this? I used 190 proof and it definitely has a kick. It tastes great over ice though.

  30. DaRedneck3 says:

    Just made my second batch using 1 extra cup of sugar, pint of Strawberry preserves, and a couple of healthy squeezes of honey. Lemme tell you my friends and I cant get enough of what I call “Summer Punch”…….with alot of emphasis on PUNCH. Dave thanks for the recipes and keep it up.

    • Dave says:

      What is the complete recipe?

    • Crawdad says:

      So my buddy had made the Apple and peach pie and then showed me the site. They both made for good nights by the camp fire. When I saw the Lemonade recipe and this summer punch recipe I had to make it. I will say I didn’t have any honey and had to make due with the 195 proof Everclear I had and let me tell you, I think I’m in trouble. What didn’t fit in Jars went over ice and I don’t think it can get much smoother.

    • jkkin21 says:

      Just made a batch of this. May have found my new favorite. Best yet.

  31. dixiegirl1986 says:

    I have also tried both your apple and peach and they are awsome. I cut up fresh peaches and apples and boiled them with it and put them in the jars and then ate them afterwards and they were great. I was wondering if you could come up with a recipe for pinneapple moonshine ?

    • Dave says:

      I do not have a pineapple recipe, why don’t you create one using the apple or peach as a starting point but use Pineapple instead of Peaches and Peach Juice! Making your own is nothing more than putting together ingredients you like to get a taste you like.

  32. warcat220 says:

    Hi there, I have tried your apple pie & the peach we love them both I was wondering if you knew about a mooshine recipe that is down south right now that is being made with some kind of fruit punch? I will be trying the lemonade today.. Thankyou so much have a great day
    ~cathy

  33. jcvinyl says:

    Ive made the peach and apple moonshine and loved them both. But I was wondering if you had and idea how i could make it with gooseberries? Thank You

  34. Jim says:

    I’m new to moonshining and am very interested so I have what may be stupid questions. When do you add the fresh squeezed lemon juice? In with the water and sugar before heating, after heating?

    Thanks.

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