Southern Comfort: How to Make Peach Moonshine

Peach moonshine, with its sweet and fruity notes, is a deliciously spirited beverage that captures the essence of ripe peaches. Crafting your own peach moonshine at home allows you to enjoy this Southern classic with a personal touch. As always, be mindful of legal regulations surrounding distillation, and prioritize safety throughout the process. Now, let's dive into the steps of crafting your own peach moonshine.

Ingredients and Equipment:


  • Fresh Peaches: 10-15 lbs (ripe and pitted)
  • Water: Variable
  • Granulated Sugar: 4-6 cups
  • Yeast: Wine or whiskey yeast strain
  • **Optional: Flavorings (e.g., cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans) for Infusion


  • Large Pot or Brew Kettle
  • Fruit Press or Juicer
  • Large Fermentation Vessel with Airlock
  • Distillation Apparatus
  • Thermometer
  • Heat Source (e.g., Stovetop, Electric Heater)
  • Collection Vessel
  • Mason Jars or Glass Bottles with Sealable Lids


1. Preparing Peaches:

  1. Wash and pit the fresh peaches.
  2. Optionally, slice the peaches for increased surface area.

2. Extracting Peach Juice:

  1. Press or juice the peaches to extract their juice. Aim for about 1 gallon (3.8 liters) of peach juice.

3. Creating Peach Mash:

  1. Transfer the peach juice into a large pot or brew kettle.
  2. Add granulated sugar and stir until dissolved to create a sweet peach mash.

4. Pitching Yeast:

  1. Allow the peach mash to cool to a temperature suitable for yeast (around 70-75°F or 21-24°C).
  2. Add a wine or whiskey yeast strain to the peach mash.
  3. Seal the fermentation vessel with an airlock.

5. Fermentation:

  1. Allow the peach mash to ferment for about 2-4 weeks or until fermentation activity subsides.
  2. Optional: Add flavorings (e.g., cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans) during fermentation for added depth.

6. Distillation Process:

  1. Set up the distillation apparatus according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  2. Begin the distillation process, heating the fermented peach mash gently.

7. Collecting the Distillate:

  1. As the mixture heats, alcohol vapors will rise and condense back into liquid form.
  2. Collect the distilled liquid in a separate vessel. Discard the initial "heads" and final "tails," keeping the desirable "heart" fraction.

8. Bottling:

  1. Carefully transfer the peach moonshine into mason jars or glass bottles with sealable lids.

9. Optional Dilution:

  1. Dilute the moonshine with water to achieve the desired alcohol content.


  1. Peach Ripeness:

    • Use ripe peaches for the best flavor. The sweetness of the peaches will contribute to the overall taste of the moonshine.
  2. Flavor Experimentation:

    • Explore different flavorings during fermentation to enhance the complexity of the peach moonshine.
  3. Temperature Control:

    • Maintain consistent temperatures during fermentation for optimal yeast activity.
  4. Safety First:

    • Adhere to safety guidelines during the distillation process and ensure compliance with local regulations.

Crafting your own peach moonshine is a delightful endeavor that brings a touch of Southern comfort to your spirits collection. As you savor the results of your homemade peach moonshine, may each sip be a celebration of the craftsmanship that went into its creation. Cheers to the art of distillation and the joy of crafting your own peach-infused elixir!

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