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Fall Cocktail: The Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Apple Cider Moscow Mule | Umami Girl

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.

Apple Cider Moscow Mule | Umami GirlThe 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.

Carolyn xx

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Preparation 00:05 Total Time 0:05
Yields 1 cocktail     adjust servings


  • 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.


Recipe Notes

I found Infuse Spirits vodka at Whole Foods and really liked it. You can use cinnamon vodka if you can't find apple cinnamon.

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Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.