A fun homemade shimmery cocktail recipe, this Shimmery Raspberry Moonshine tastes just like a jelly donut!
Raspberry Moonshine Recipe
Okay, so let’s just get this out of the way: this is not real moonshine.
This is a homemade flavored vodka recipe. Real moonshine is made from corn meal, sugar, yeast, and water and tastes like a mix between whiskey and tequila. It’s also illegal to make in most parts of North America, so I won’t be making the real stuff anytime soon!
Instead, this recipe is a fun way to flavor and color plain store-bought vodka to create a delicious Raspberry Donut flavor with a pretty shimmer. If you don’t like vodka, you can alternatively use any other clear spirit – they even sell moonshine in stores now so you can use the real stuff as the base for this recipe.
This Shimmery Raspberry Vodka is a fun homemade gift idea and is perfect for breaking out at parties or late-night get-togethers.
We used really strong (80-proof/40%) vodka so this is best for mixing or using for shots (even then, it’s pretty potent). You can use a lower proof alcohol for a more sippable vodka experience.
This recipe takes at least a week to really develop that vibrant color and flavor, so be sure to plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time before you want to drink or gift this homemade flavored vodka!
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Ingredients for Shimmery Raspberry Vodka
- 80% proof vodka
- White Sugar
- Vanilla Extract, optional
- Edible red or gold cake shimmer
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: most “moonshine hack” recipes use Everclear, which is stronger and preferable for mixing (as the other ingredients in this recipe reduce the amount of alcohol per shot).
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How to Make Raspberry Jelly Donut Vodka
Place sugar and water in a pan over medium heat and reduce until the liquid is halved. It will have a syrup-like consistency.
Divide the simple syrup and raspberries equally into the jars – you may want to add less syrup than indicated here (1/4 cup each jar) depending on your personal preferences. (You could also store the additional simple syrup separately and then add to the completed moonshine, to taste.)
Top each mason jar with vodka.
Place your mason jars in a fridge with the lid slightly open for up to two weeks. The raspberries will have lost their red color, but the vodka will be bright red.
After two weeks, remove the fruit by straining through the cheesecloth into a large measuring cup or bowl.
Pour the moonshine back into the jars and add the edible shimmer and vanilla to your personal preference.
Shake well before serving to redistribute the shimmer.
Grab your free printable for our Shimmery Raspberry Moonshine recipe:
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 74Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
This fun and glittery moonshine recipe is a fun take on the crazy Pinterest trend and makes a delicious homemade gift.