Apple Milkshake Recipe

Homemade apple milkshake with apple cider or apple pie moonshine for a boozy dessert. A delicious way to ease into the fall season! This milkshake is simple to make (kids can make this on their own) and delicious!

For the adults, booze your milkshake up with Apple Pie Moonshine. You are welcome!

Homemade apple milkshake in a clear glass topped with whipped cream.

Apple Milkshake

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve made a milkshake at home. If fact, the last time I blended up a milkshake was when my kids got their wisdom teeth removed!

Another time was when all the restaurants were open, and Alan and I went to a 50’s style hamburger shop.

Both Alan and I were craving milkshakes, and since I still have Apple Pie Moonshine we made homemade milkshakes that you won’t be able to get anywhere else!

This milkshake is going to knock your socks off and is super versatile to enjoy as a dessert with apple cider or as a boozy treat like we did!

Ingredients needed for apple milkshake.

What will I need to complete this recipe?

You will need the following ingredients:

  1. Vanilla ice cream: Feel free to experiment with different ice cream flavors to find a combination that you love. I use full-fat ice vanilla ice cream.
  2. Apple cider, juice or apple pie moonshine (boozy version): Fresh or from concentrate apple cider can be used. You can also use unsweetened apple juice as a substitute. See notes for further clarification.
  3. Spices; cinnamon and nutmeg or Apple Pie Spice.
  4. Whole milk (optional): The milk can be taken out altogether if you like the consistency. I found when testing this recipe that it tasted best when there wasn’t too much apple cider added. The whole milk helps get the right consistency without the overwhelming flavor of apple cider. Blend without the milk first, then add the milk if you would like.
Milkshake poured into clear classes before adding whipped cream.

You will need the following supplies:

  1. A blender
  2. Measuring tools

Milkshake topping ideas

Ramp of the flavors by adding a variety of toppings to your apple milkshake or leave it simple without additional ingredients.

To get your creativity going, give these options a try!

Apple cider milkshake topped with whipped cream and caramel topping.

What is the origin of a milkshake?

Curious to learn about the origin of milkshakes? A brief history from Hankering For History and Art of Drink explains that back in 1886 in Atlanta, their newspaper discusses a milkshake, where milk, ice, and flavoring ingredients were added in a tin can, then shaken vigorously to produce a frothy, chilled drink.

Later, the blender was invented in 1922, making a change to the original way to create the milkshake. By the 1940s, every restaurant and diner served a wide variety of milkshakes to incredibly happy customers.

I will always be forever grateful for the history of this creamy, sweet, delicious drink. YUM.

Top view of homemade apple cider milkshake with cinnamon sticks on the side.

How do I store my Apple Cider Milkshake?

Leftovers or want to finish the rest later? Store your leftover milkshake in the freezer by placing it in an airtight container with a little breathing room for expansion, and putting it in the middle of the freezer, not too close to the door. This will make sure it doesn’t fluctuate in temperature too much.

What is the difference between apple cider and apple juice?

Apple cider is created from the natural juices of a mashed apple. It’s easy to make at home (DIY Apple Cider). However, apple juice is basically filtered apple cider that has also been pasteurized to preserve it and extend its shelf life.

Apple cider will have a slightly more bitter taste than apple juice. However, you can also substitute apple juice for apple cider in recipes when you are in a pinch.

If possible, use unsweetened apple juice so the flavor stays similar.

Two clear glasses filled with vanilla milkshake on a brown board.

You also might like this Apple Spice Smoothie

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Homemade apple milkshake in a clear glass topped with whipped cream.

Apple Cider Milkshake

Creamy apple milkshake
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, apple cider, apple juice, dessert, milkshake, moonshine, vanilla ice cream
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 3 Servings
Calories: 586kcal
Author: Sandra Sandra


  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 ¾ cups apple cider
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup whole milk optional based on texture of milkshake
  • Optional Garnishes: Whipped cream caramel syrup, cinnamon


  • Add ice-cream and apple cider,
    cinnamon, and nutmeg into a blender and blend until creamy. Add milk if the
    texture is too thick.
  • Pour into a cup and garnish with
    whipped cream.
  • Drizzle caramel syrup over milkshake and top with cinnamon,


Serving: 1g | Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 344mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 84g


Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.


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