An Apple Cider Moscow Mule is a delicious autumn twist on the classic cocktail with seasonal apple cider thrown into the mix!
Last month, our dinner club gathered to tailgate while listening to the Colts on the radio. Fall Alcoholic Drinks kicked off the party, and I fell hard with my first sip of this Apple Cider Mule! The traditional ingredients of vodka, ginger beer, and lime were enhanced with some top-notch apple cider.
Apple Cider Moscow Mule Recipe
This easy apple cider cocktail was delicious, not too boozy, and perfectly sippable. Copper mugs are classic, but not necessary as this apple cider mule is yummy in any sort of glass. Our mixologist and cohost served ours in thermal cups, and called them “Oktoberfest Moscow Mules.” Have you had any version of this classic cocktail? Or are you wondering what the heck one is???
What Is a Moscow Mule?
A Moscow Mule is a cocktail made by filling a glass with ice (Mike recommends crushed ice not cubes), then a good dose of vodka, then ginger beer, followed by a squeeze of lime juice or even lemon.
Said to have the “Kick of a Mule,” adjust your vodka as needed.
Why Are Mules Served in Copper Mugs?
It all started with a marketing ploy to sell Smirnoff vodka, ginger beer, and copper mugs. Back in the 1940s, the three retailers couldn’t move their products so they invented a cocktail that utilized all of them.
The Smirnoff Mule became quite popular in the 50s and 60s, and then got a resurgence in 1996 when it was reintroduced in a copper bottle. The copper mug became the iconic container for this cocktail since the cold metal keeps the cocktail well insulated and cold.
Are Copper Mugs Safe?
Most copper mugs are lined, so there is little danger of copper getting into your cocktail or beverage. And even if your mug is not properly coated, it’s highly unlikely you’d get copper toxicity from the mugs. You’d need to drink at least a liter of beverage that had been steeping in copper for a few hours in order for any ill effects.
Besides Vodka, What Other Alcohol Pairs Well with Apple Cider?
Gin, Whiskey, Bourbon and Gin all go well with Apple Cider if you’re looking to whip up other fall alcoholic drinks.
How Do You Make an Apple Cider Moscow Mule?
As with most cocktails, the procedure is rather simple. It’s always OK to tweak to your own specific tastes.
Step One: Use a chilled copper mug or glass.
Step Two: Fill the mug with crushed ice (or cubes). Mike recommends crushed ice.
Step Three: Add cider, vodka, and ginger beer.
Step Four: Mix, then add a good squeeze of fresh lime to taste (start with 1/4 lime), stir again, taste, and add more lime juice if desired. PRO-Tip: Always use fresh lime juice, never bottled.
Step Five: Garnish with lime slices and/or apple slices. Pomegranate arils add a pop of color and were my addition.
Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month’s theme is a Holiday Cocktail Party, and our host is Liz who blogs at That Skinny Chick Can Bake. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats it’s a virtual party. A theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out. Come along and see all of the delicious and inspired dishes!
- Apple Cider Moscow Mule – That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cinnamon Cider Whiskey Sour – The Red Head Baker
- Hot Chocolate with Rum, Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Drizzle – Creative Culinary
More Autumn Recipes You’ll Love:
- Apple Cider Sangria
- Mulled Apple Cider
- Arugula Salad with Butternut Squash
- Fresh Apple Bread
- Apple Brownies
- Plus, more Classic Cocktail Recipes
- Crushed Ice
- 4 ounces ginger beer
- 3 ounces vodka
- 4 ounces apple cider (I recommend North Coast Organic brand)
- Fresh lime use to taste, start with 1 ounce
- Apple and lime slices to garnish, if desired
Fill mugs with crushed ice.
Stir together ginger beer, vodka, and apple cider. Then add freshly squeezed lime juice to taste.
Garnish as desired and serve.
Use a chilled copper mug for the classic look.