Apple Cider Shine

When it comes to Fall I am straight up your A-typical white girl. I enjoy the occasional pumpkin spiced latte, I get cuddly in my oversized sweaters, and I count down the days until Hocus Pocus comes on tv! I go apple picking at Carter Mountain or search for the perfect pumpkin to carve at the Ashland Berry Farm, and I hate myself for admitting this but I secretly love having an excuse to break out my ugg boots.

Although, above all else, my most yearned after seasonal novelty sits on a pedestal of autumnal glory. I absolutely can not live without pumpkin and apple flavored adult beverages! I’m talkin pumpkin beer, spiked cider, and all sorts of drinks that will keep your belly warm in the cooler months.

After many weeks of tasting dozens of different pumpkin beers, we decided to switch gears a bit. Jonathan had the great idea to make an apple cider shine using Belle Isle Moonshine which is made right down the street from us here in Richmond, VA! Not only does this recipe include an excellent local, artisan ingredient, but I guarantee that the scent of brewing cider will fill your heart and home with the spirit of the Fall season! Drink up my friends!

Apple Cider Shine

Servings: 8

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 gallon apple juice
  • 1/2 gallon apple cider
  • 750 ml moonshine
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3-4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 tsp apple pie spice
  1. Combine all ingredients except moonshine in a stove-top stock pot
  2. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat to simmer for approximately 45minutes to 1 hour or until liquids have reduced by 15-20%
  3. Once liquids have reduced, remove from heat and allow to cool.
  4. Once cooled, add moonsine
  5. Drink up and be festive!

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