This Apple Cider Mule is the perfect easy fall cocktail that tastes amazing. Fall flavors are present in every sip of this easy variation of a classic Moscow mule.
Apple Cider Mule
I love this fun fall twist on the Classic Mule. This delicious apple cider Moscow mule recipe is one of my favorite ways to celebrate fall.
The combination of ginger flavor with the apple cider is just plain delicious! The fall season is my favorite time of year.
The changing leaves, holiday planning, warm sweaters, and cute boots make me happy.
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients needed to make an epic Apple Cider Mule Drink! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
- Apple Cider
- Fresh Lime Juice
- Ginger Beer
Garnish: Lime Wedge, Apple Slice, Ground Cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg, or a Cinnamon Stick
Vodka - You can use your favorite vodka in this recipe. The flavor of the vodka is not strong compared to the cider and ginger beer so you don't need to use an expensive brand.
- Copper Mugs - Cooper Mugs are the perfect glassware for a mule! The copper mugs get cold when you add in the crushed ice. They keep your drink cold and it just looks great when served in a copper mug.
- OXO angled jiggers - these are our go-to measuring tools for cocktails. They work perfectly for pouring in layers for cocktails.
How to make an Apple Cider Moscow Mule
I've included complete instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here's a quick version.
Step 1 - Add vodka, apple cider, and lime juice to a copper mug. Stir together.
Step 2 - Add ice to the Moscow mule mug and top with ginger beer.
Step 3 - You can keep the garnish simple with a lime wheel/wedge and a slice of apple or add in a bit of cinnamon or a cinnamon stick.
It really depends on the flavors you enjoy.
Preparation and Storage
Make Ahead + Larger Group/More Servings: You can make pitcher-style Apple Cider Mules ahead of time sans the ginger beer! We recommend adding ginger beer when serving your guests so you don’t miss out on the fizziness, as a flat Moscow mule doesn’t sound fun.
Storage: Mix the cocktail ingredients, minus the ginger beer, and refrigerate them for up to a few days before serving. Stir the mixture before pouring it into copper mugs to reincorporate the ingredients.
Freezing/How to Freeze: Apple Cider Mule Slushies are easier to make than you think! Combine the cocktail ingredients in an airtight, freezer-safe container and freeze them overnight. When it’s time to serve, leave the container at room temperature until you can scoop out the slushies and transfer them to copper mugs.
You can use your favorite vodka in this recipe. The flavor of the vodka is not strong compared to the cider and ginger beer, so you don't need to use an expensive brand.
For a boozier mule cocktail, you can swap out the non-alcoholic apple cider for hard apple cider.
Add an even more autumnal twist by changing the vodka for bourbon, apple vodka, or caramel vodka. You could even try a bit of Fireball cinnamon whisky in this cocktail.
If you can't find apple cider you can use apple juice for the apple flavor but it won't have the flavor of fall spices.
Vegetarian + Vegan Option: The ingredients in the Apple Cider Mule are typically vegetarian and vegan-friendly, making this a vegetarian and vegan-friendly cocktail recipe!
Gluten-Free: The ingredients in this cocktail are typically gluten-free, including ginger beer!
Alcohol-Free Option: Remove the vodka or use a zero-proof alternative to make Apple Cider Mule Mocktails.
Sugar-Free: The written recipe contains 14 grams of sugar per serving. Use sugar-free apple cider and ginger beer to make it sugar-free.
Tips for the Best Apple Cider Mule
- You can combine the vodka, apple cider, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker to ensure the flavors are well combined. Just make sure to pour it into a copper mug with fresh ice. We usually just stir them together in the cup.
- Check out all of our Spicy ginger beer cocktails for more Moscow mule fun!
- If you can find apple cider from a local orchard that would be amazing.
What to Serve with an Apple Cider Mule
This Apple Cider Mule contains all the apple and cinnamon goodness that we love about fall in an easy-to-make format you’ll prepare time and time again.
It’s an Oktoberfest must-have in our household! Here are some menu pairing suggestions to help you celebrate fall flavors.
Sides: Cheddar Bay Sausage Balls, Easy Hasselback Potatoes, Easy Frank's Buffalo Chicken Dip, Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower, Cheesy Bacon Potato Skins, CrockPot Reuben Dip, Buffalo Chicken Wontons, CrockPot Bourbon Glazed Kielbasa, CrockPot Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs
Main Dishes: Corned Beef Shepherd's Pie, Smoked Sausage Gnocchi, CrockPot Bourbon Maple Pork Loin, CrockPot Kielbasa with Potatoes & Green Beans, CrockPot German Bratwurst, Jalapeño Beer Brats, CrockPot Guinness Corned Beef & Cabbage
Desserts: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip, Ooey-Gooey Butter Cake, Caramel Apple Dump Cake, Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, Apple Cider Cookies, Apple Cider Muddy Buddies, Maple Monkey Bread Bites, Apple Pie Dumplings, Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies, CrockPot Fried Apples
Drinks: Candy Corn Jello Shots, Fireball & Ginger Ale Cocktail, Fireball Apple Cider, Apple Cider Margarita, Angry Balls Drink, Guinness & Cider Beer Cocktail, Apple Pie Shot, Washington Apple Drink, CrockPot Mulled Wine, CrockPot Apple Pie Moonshine
When to Serve
- Tailgating Parties
- Family and Friend Gatherings
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Apple Cider Mule Recipe
- Add ice to a copper mule mug
- Add in Vodka, Apple Cider, and lime juice. Stir
- Add in Ginger Beer. Garnish with lime wheel