You guys, Thanksgiving is RIGHT around the corner. I’m not gonna sugar-coat this. It’s next Thursday. What EVEN?
I 100% cannot comprehend how it’s the middle of November right now, but that’s a story for another day. (“How about never? Is never good for you?” you might be thinking. And fair enough.) Today’s story is about a fall cocktail that would make a really great start to your Thanksgiving celebration — the Apple Cider Moscow Mule. Even though it’s vodka-based, it’s nice and light, so Great Aunt Googlypuss can have one without passing out, and if Great Uncle Frankenschmutz starts acting like an asshole, it’s not the cocktail’s fault.
If you want something stronger but equally fall-friendly, try The Fifteen.
The Apple Cider Moscow Mule retains all the bright, tasty balance of the original cocktail and adds a nice, autumnal layer of apple-cinnamon goodness. Plus, you get to use crushed ice, and if the mood strikes you can make it yourself with a couple of plastic bags and a mallet. It’s fun. Just sayin’.
Okay, turkeys, have a great few days. Talk to you soon.
Apple Cider Moscow Mule
- 1 1/2 ounces cinnamon apple vodka (see note)
- 4 1/2 ounces apple cider
- 3 ounces ginger beer
- Big squeeze of fresh lime juice
- Apple slice, cut crosswise
- Cinnamon Stick
Fill a copper mule cup most of the way with crushed ice. To crush your own ice, place regular ice cubes in a double layer of gallon-sized zip-top bags and smash ice with a wooden rolling pin or a mallet until crushed. (After a tough day you may find you start preferring your cocktail with homemade crushed ice.) Stir in vodka, apple cider, ginger beer and lime juice. Garnish with apple slice and cinnamon stick.
I found Infuse Spirits vodka at Whole Foods and really liked it. You can use cinnamon vodka if you can't find apple cinnamon.