Apple Cider Shine

This homemade moonshine recipe combines apple cider, juice, sugar, and spices with a high-proof alcohol, delivering a flavorful and powerful drink that's reminiscent of a warm slice of apple pie. The mix of apple flavors, cinnamon, and vanilla creates a smooth and potent concoction perfect for those who enjoy a kick with their sweet treat.

Apple Cider Shine

A potent apple cider moonshine with a kick of cinnamon and vanilla.

4.97 from 59 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins


  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup light apple juice
  • 2 tbsp Imperial sugar
  • 2 tbsp Imperial brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp Rodelle Gourmet Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 oz Everclear or other grain alcohol (180+ proof)
  • 1 apple wedge
  • 1 quart sized mason jar


  1. In a large pot, combine apple cider, apple juice, sugars, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until the sugars have dissolved.
  2. Reduce to a simmer and let it simmer for 1 hour. Let it cool completely.
  3. Remove the pot from the stove and pour in the Everclear, stirring to combine. Discard the cinnamon sticks.
  4. Place an apple wedge into the mason jar. Pour the moonshine into the jar and seal. Refrigerate until cold.