Apple Cinnamon Mule

Ketel One Vodka's Apple Cinnamon Mule Cocktail
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving

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.


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces apple cider
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice (fresh-squeezed)
  • 3 ounces ginger beer (or more to fill)
  • Garnish: apple slice
  • Garnish: cinnamon stick

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for the Apple Cinnamon Mule Cocktail
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  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the vodka, apple cider, and lime juice.

    Mixing the Apple Cinnamon Mule Cocktail
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  3. Shake well.

    Shaking the Apple Cinnamon Mule Cocktail
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  4. Strain into a copper mug filled with fresh ice.

    Straining the Apple Cinnamon Mule Cocktail
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  5. Top with ginger beer.

    Ketel One Vodka's Apple Cinnamon Mule Cocktail - Ginger Beer
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  6. Garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.

    Ketel One Vodka's Apple Cinnamon Mule Cocktail
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  7. 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.

Recipe Variations

  • 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.

How Strong Is Apple Cinnamon Mule?

Since the vodka is the only liquor in the apple cinnamon mule, it's a rather low-proof drink. On average, you can expect it to have an alcohol content of around 8 percent ABV (16 proof), so it's like enjoying a glass of wine.