Toast autumn with this fall twist on a Moscow mule. Infused with apple and cinnamon flavor, the recipe is fun and simple—you'll love how easy it is to mix up.
Building on the Moscow mule base of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, the only extra addition you need to make is apple cider. It may sound like a small tweak, but what a difference it makes! The apple flavor plays perfectly with the spiciness of a ginger beer and the cinnamon garnish slowly infuses even more flavor into the brew.
This recipe comes from Ketel One, one of the best premium vodkas available. It offers a crisp, smooth taste that forms an ideal backdrop for a variety of drinks. While it's amazing in clean cocktails like the vodka martini, it does just as well in a spiced apple cocktail like this.
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the vodka, apple cider, and lime juice.
Strain into a copper mug filled with fresh ice.
Top with ginger beer.
Garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.
Serve and enjoy!
- Be sure to explore your ginger beer options. Each brand offers a different taste—some are spicier, while others are sweeter. The popularity of the Moscow mule has given this brewed beverage a new spotlight, so there are more choices than ever before. If you see an unfamiliar bottle, pick it up and give it a try!
- During the apple harvest, take advantage of fresh-pressed cider if you can find it. Many orchards offer it and you can find the unfiltered, cloudy version in a number of produce markets during the fall season. If you like a project, try making your own apple cider at home. It's a great way to use up excess apples.
- Prevent your apple garnish from turning brown by dipping it in a little lime juice after cutting it. Lemon juice is typically recommended, but since you're adding lime to the drink anyway, it will work just fine.
- On chilly days, serve the apple cinnamon mule warm. It's easy to do on the stovetop or in the microwave—follow the tips for the Christmas Mule—and the ginger beer really comes to life under the heat.
- Add an extra dimension of flavor to this cocktail by infusing the vodka with complementary flavors. Try making your own vanilla vodka or really turn up the autumnal flair by creating an apple-pear-cinnamon vodka. While experimenting, try just half a bottle and keep the rest of your Ketel One unflavored.