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Apple Shine Sangria

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Apple shine sangria is taking the world by storm. A refreshing and crisp apple cocktail made with apple pie moonshine, fresh apples, warm spices, Pinot Noir, apple cider, and more. A tasty apple pie sangria with a delicious twist.

Apple shine sangria in a mason jar with slices of apples and lemons.

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If you are looking for a new moonshine drink recipe to try out, this moonshine cocktail will win you over. The perfect cocktail for fall!

  • Made with fresh sliced apples
  • Warm spices add depth to this sweet cocktail
  • Real apple cider paired with cocktail
  • Apple Pie Moonshine makes this sangria stand out above the rest

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients for apple shine sangria include apples, moonshine, and cinnamon sticks on a wooden table.

How to Make Moonshine Sangria

Collage of creating apple shine sangria.
  1. Start by adding your apples, lemon, and cinnamon sticks to a pitcher. Pour your cider in, brown sugar, moonshine, and Pinot Noir, and ginger ale. (Photos 1 & 2)
Collage of mixing the ingredients for apple shine sangria.
  1. Use a wooden spoon and mix up the cocktail drink, and store in the refrigerator for 2 hours to overnight. This is going to give the mixture time for the flavors to blend together. (Photo 3)
  2. Serve in glasses with ice, and garnish with a cinnamon stick or two and sliced apples. (Photo 4)
Apple shine sangria in a glass mason jar sitting on a wooden table.


This apple shine sangria can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Make sure the pitcher is sealed, or it can take on odors from the fridge.

If you leave the sangria moonshine in the fridge for more than 2 days, remove the lemon rinds, as it can become bitter as it sits. Feel free to remove the apples as well and replace them with fresh ones right before you go to serve them.

Expert Tips and Variations To Recipe

  • If you want a bubbly apple pie sangria, then leave the ginger ale out until right before serving.
  • Make sure to stir well before serving to mix the drink up well.
  • Ensure you allow the moonshine cocktail to sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Otherwise, it won’t allow time for the flavors to blend together.
  • Use a mix of Green apples, Honey crisps, etc. This will add dimension to your drink.
  • Reach for your favorite red dry wine to replace the Pinot if you would like.
Apple shine sangria in an airtight container.

Apple Shine Sangria Recipe FAQs

What if my red wine isn’t sweet?

If you do not use Pinot Noir and find the red wine you are going to use less sweet, simply add a bit more brown sugar. This will help reduce the tart and dryness and replace it with some sweetness.

What is the difference between apple cider and apple juice?

The process of how apple cider and juice are made is a lot different. Apple juice is a very clear and sweet liquid. Where apple cider can have a tart and sweet flavor with warm spices. You will also find cider is a different color and slightly thicker texture than plain juice.

Where to buy unfiltered apple cider?

Head to your grocery store’s produce section you can find it there and shop in the refrigerated section. Or if you live near an apple orchard, you could head in and buy it that way. Check your local farmer’s market.

Where do you buy apple pie moonshine?

Apple pie moonshine can be purchased online at designated shops, or at most liquor stores. There are a handful of brands that sell this flavor of moonshine. So buy what you think you will enjoy the most. It is delicious alcohol to sip on in the fall months.

The best variety of apples to use?

Reach for Gala, Green Apples, Honeycrisp, and Red Delicious apples. All of these apples work great and each one can bring something new to the drink. I used gala and red delicious. But feel free to try out different varieties.

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Let me know if you try this apple shine sangria! It has been a hit every single time I serve it up!

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Mason jars of Apple Shine Sangria.
5 from 15 votes

Apple Shine Sangria

Author: Kim Schob
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Yields 6 Servings
Apple Shine Sangria is a must-make fall cocktail. Warm spices, apple flavor, in every single sip. Moonshine and sangria collide in the must-make fall cocktail! 



  • Fill a large pitcher with sliced apples, lemons, and cinnamon sticks. Pour apple cider, brown sugar, pinot noir, moonshine, and ginger ale over the sliced fruit. *If you prefer more fizziness in your sangria, wait to add the ginger ale until right before serving.
  • Using a large spoon, stir the sangria in the pitcher until mixed. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. I prefer waiting that extra time to get the best cinnamon flavor.
  • Before serving, re-stir the sangria to make sure all of the flavors are incorporated and pour into your glass, over ice. Garnish with sliced apples and/or cinnamon sticks.


Recipes including or referencing alcohol are intended for adult consumption only (21+). Drink responsibly!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 210kcal (11%) Carbohydrates: 31g (10%) Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 1g (2%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 9mg Potassium: 162mg (5%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 22g (24%) Vitamin A: 30IU (1%) Vitamin C: 21mg (25%) Calcium: 42mg (4%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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  1. 5 stars
    I’ll definitely be making this one again. I served it to my book club the other night and the ladies loved it!

  2. 5 stars
    This was such a fun and festive recipe for fall! Easy and sweet with the perfect kick; the best way to enjoy apples, indeed!

  3. Omg this is right up my alley! I loooove anything with apples and apple cider and this looks so tasty and fun. Thanks for the ingredients. I have a ton of mason jars that need this to fill them for the summer.

  4. I love apples so I just know that this is going to taste good. I’m going to have to make this soon.

  5. 5 stars
    I love all the flavors you have in here with the cinnamon and the apples. What a great fall twist on sangria!

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