This fall twist on the classic mule cocktail creates a refreshing sipper great any time! Apple Cider Moscow Mules are easy to prepare and even those who don’t love mixed cocktails will love this due to its light, crisp flavors. Mocktail version included.
If you love the refreshing flavors of a classic Moscow Mule cocktail, this fall spin will become another favorite. Flavors of apple and ginger in a light, fizzy drink are always a win.
It’s an easy fall cocktail to prepare with simple ingredients and no cocktail shaker required.
An apple moscow mule is a perfect fall cocktail that is a perfect way to celebrate the season.
What is a Moscow Mule?
This refreshing cocktail has become widely popular. The traditional version is a combination of vodka, lime juice and ginger beer (which is non-alcoholic).
They are traditionally consumed in a chilled copper mug which is related to an original partnership between a vodka maker, ginger beer maker and coppersmith.
For holiday sipping this Cranberry Moscow Mules is another festive cocktail.
Unlike the heavy, creamy spiked Egg Nog or Hot Buttered Rums, Moscow Mules really are light and fresh-tasting making them a great seasonal bright point on the cocktail horizon.
Apple Cider Mule
As well loved as the standard Moscow Mule is, this apple cider cocktail is one of the favorite fall cocktail recipes.
This apple cider moscow mule recipe is actually made with hard cider instead of fresh apple cider.
It’s a fresh and fizzy version of an apple drink. Combined with the traditional Moscow Mule ingredients the cocktails become a refreshing choice, and one that is not overly boozy (so those who are not so into cocktails might take a fancy to them as well).
Hard cider is usually naturally gluten-free too but always check the ingredients of the brand being used if this is important for your needs.
Recipe Ingredients + Notes
Vodka. We use regular plain vodka not flavored vodka. We recommend using a decent quality.
Hard Apple Cider. This fizzy alcoholic apple cider gives the cocktail its signature apple flavor.
Lime Juice. Always use fresh lime juice for the best flavor. Squeeze by hand or use a hand held juicer which does a great job extracting the most juice.
Ginger beer. Non-alcoholic ginger beer is a carbonated ginger drink. It gives the traditional ginger flavor and some fizz. Spicy ginger beer has a far stronger ginger flavor than ginger ale which is why it’s used. Ginger ale can be substituted if desired.
Garnish: serve with an apple slice (we love honeycrisp apples and cinnamon stick (optional). A lime wheel or lime wedge is good too!
Moscow Mule Variations
Add some cinnamon. Consider a splash of Fireball whiskey for a delicious autumn twist. Fireball cinnamon whisky is always a favorite!
Use apple vodka. If you want a stronger apple flavor try apple vodka instead of regular vodka.
Caramel vodka. Another complimentary flavor that will turn this into a Caramel Apple Mule.
How to Make a delicious Apple Cider Moscow Mule
Divide the vodka, hard cider and lime juice between two 16-ounce copper mugs or glasses.
Fill with ice and ginger beer. Garnish with a lime slice and fresh apples as desired.
How to Make a Mocktail Moscow Mule
If you’d like to make a true apple cider version of this apple cocktail for younger sippers or holiday parties, that’s easy!
Substitute real apple cider for the vodka and hard cider (so 3 1/2 ounces), and make the rest the same (including the great copper mugs)!
Copper Moscow Mule Mugs
A frosty copper mug are not required for Moscow Mules but are traditional (a regular glass can be used). I purchased the mugs in this post on Amazon.com.
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Apple Cider Moscow Mules
- 3 ounces Vodka divided
- 4 ounces Hard Cider divided
- 1 ounce Lime Juice divided
- 12-16 ounces Ginger Beer
- Ice to fill
- Divide the vodka, hard cider and lime juice between two 16-ounce copper mugs (or equivalent).
- Fill with ice and with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedges or apple slices if desired.
Originally published: November 4, 2016
Sarah Bailey says
This looks like such a yummy cocktail. I am going to have to give it a try.
Amanda Love says
This looks like a really refreshing drink! I love that it’s easy to put together as well. The flavors are perfect for the season! Definitely a drink worth serving at parties.
Ann Bacciaglia says
The Moscow Mule looks so delicious and easy to make. It would be a perfect drink to relax after a night of trick or treaters.
Melissa @ The Staten Island family says
I desperately need a good drink for my thanksgiving feast one that is a little out of the ordinary and this one fits the bill! Thanks so much for the recipe!
Annemarie LeBlanc says
The drink looks so refreshing and would be great to enjoy with a small group of friends! Those copper mugs look so nice too. I think I will get a few of them.
Louise Bishop says
MMMMM! I love cider and so does my husband. I have no doubt this would go over well in our house.
Kita Bryant says
I could use a bit of that right now. Dang, it looks and sounds divine.
Sounds delicious! I’m not much of a drinker, but think this sounds pretty tasty! I love the cups they are in, so pretty!
This sounds like something I’d like to try. Light and crisp seems like something I would like.
I love the addition of cider to the traditional Moscow Mule. This sounds delicious and so festive!