This recipe tastes amazing cold or warmed and the alcohol taste is very minimal. The longer it sits in the jars before you drink it, the better it will taste!

Recipe Summary

10 mins
20 mins
1 hr
1 hr 30 mins
75 servings


Original recipe yields 75 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine apple juice, apple cider, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, vanilla extract, and cloves together in a large pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until sugars are dissolved, about 20 minutes. Remove pot from heat and cool completely, about 1 hour.

  • Stir grain alcohol and vodka into apple juice mixture. Remove cinnamon sticks and set aside. Pour moonshine into bottles; add 1 cinnamon stick per bottle and seal. Store moonshine in refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

144 calories; carbohydrates 23.4g; fat 0.1g; sodium 8.3mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
This recipe was so delicious and smooth! The longer it sits the better the flavor. Who the heck can let it sit though? Cheers! Read More
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  • 4 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
This recipe was so delicious and smooth! The longer it sits the better the flavor. Who the heck can let it sit though? Cheers! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Wonderful recipe. However, it needs to be noted that Everclear grain alcohol (or Clear Springs, whatever brand) is NOT 151 proof. Grain alcohol is 190 proof. Don't waste your time searching for 151. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I hollowed the recipe to a t and I put a jar in the freezer and froze solid was not expecting that. I also put apple slices in it. Apples got dark looking after a month. Taste kind of got worse after that. Besides that a great recipe. Next time I'll do unpasteurized cider and possibly more everclear. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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Rating: 4 stars
I have made this recipe once as directed once with modifications. If making standard recipe size (75 servings) I would recommend only 3 cups of sugar and five cinnamon sticks as the cinnamon-sugar flavor is a little overpowering in the original. the liquor content is spot on. I am a heavy drinker and it often takes tons of (straight) rum to get me drunk. just 1-2 servings of this will get you DRUNK. if you are sensitive to the taste of alcohol no worries. If you make this properly you will not taste the alcohol at all. amazing recipe and a total hit at my Christmas parties! thank you!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Thia has become one of our go to recipes for the holidays. Our friends and family always ask if they are on the nice list to get some. This year we kicked up by putting them in cute bottle with corks and red wax sealing them. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I cut the sugar in half and it was still too sweet. I will consider adding less sugar next time. Overall great fall drink! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Cut back on white sugar to 1 cup and brown sugar to 1/4 cup. Still sweet but not too sweet. Makes it good to drink. Read More