Fall is my favorite season and now that’s officially here, it calls for a cocktail in celebration!
Apple Cider Moscow Mules are perfectly refreshing this time of year, when it’s still too warm outside to sip hot apple cider. This apple version of a Moscow Mule makes for a delicious fall twist that celebrates autumn with some seasonal flavor, when you’re craving hayrides and cider!
If you’re not familiar with a Moscow Mule, it’s traditionally made with vodka, spicy ginger beer and lime juice. Despite its name, Ginger Beer is not a beer and has no alcohol, but adds a zippy ginger flavor that’s more robust than ginger ale, pairing perfectly with apple cider. I used an apple vodka for this cocktail for some additional apple flavor that I had left over from mixing up some apple sangria a few years ago.
The copper Moscow Mule mug keeps your cocktail nice and frosty and is essential when the heat and humidity are in the sweltering range. You can find them just about everywhere these days (I found mine at Target) just make sure they’re lined with stainless steel that won’t react to the acid in the lime or fruit juice.
Apple Cider Moscow Mule
This is the type of cocktail that I don’t usually measure, mixing to taste.
Fill copper mugs with ice, to each mug add:
2 oz. apple vodka
Add equal parts apple cider and ginger beer to top off. Add a squeeze of lime, stirring to combine. Garnish and serve with a cinnamon stick and apple slice.
Mix, drink, repeat. . . which I might have done this weekend when my sister was in town for a visit ;)
It goes without saying that you can alter the ingredients to your taste or what’s in your liquor cabinet. Use regular vodka if you don’t have apple-flavored vodka or substitute a hard cider. For a refreshing mocktail, eliminate the vodka and mix the cider with ginger beer and lime or substitute a nonalcoholic sparkling cider if you prefer.
If you’re looking for an easy seasonal cocktail for a crowd or tailgating, mix up a pitcher of Apple Cider Sangria, as easy to mix as it is to drink!
Join me on the porch for an Apple Cider Moscow Mule and DIY Fall Arrangement with Apples and Sunflowers.