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Apple Cider Moscow Mules

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This autumnal mule cocktail combines tangy apple cider, sweet cranberry juice, vodka and ginger beer for the perfect fall sipper. With just 5 easy minutes of mixing, one can have this stunning ruby red mule ready to serve.

Using 100% fresh juices is key for the best flavor impact. A good quality ginger beer provides the signature spice kick. Vodka allows the fruits to shine as the star ingredients.

Read on for a simple recipe and pro tips on selecting ingredients, garnishing ideas, and scaling up this mule for your next Thanksgiving gathering. Cheers!

Equipment Needed

Here are some Equipment needed for this recipe:

Mix the Cocktail

  1. Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add vodka, apple cider, and cranberry juice.
  2. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds until well chilled.
  3. Strain cocktail over ice into chilled copper mugs.
  4. Top with 2-3 ounces ginger beer. Stir gently to incorporate.
  5. Garnish festively with apple slice skewers with cranberries. Enjoy!

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 cocktails

Tips for Delicious Mules

  • Seek out 100% pure juices without added sugars.
  • Use a bold, spicy ginger beer like Fever Tree or Q brand.
  • Shake vodka mixture first to properly blend and chill.
  • Add ginger beer last and stir gently to preserve its fizz.
  • Adjust apple cider to cranberry ratios to taste.

Apple Cider Moscow Mules

Presenting Cranapple Mules

  • Serve in copper mule mugs or tall glasses with plenty of ice
  • Skewer fun garnishes like cranberries and apple slices
  • Provide festive paper straws in seasonal autumn colors
  • For parties, preset rows of frozen copper mugs for frosty sipping

Scaling the Recipe

For a big batch:

  • Multiply ingredients x 8-10 and make in a large drink dispenser
  • Add ginger beer and stir just before serving
  • Provide a garnish bar with chopped fruits, herbs, flowers
  • Let guests help themselves and customize ratios

The perfect seasonal sipper for Thanksgiving and holiday gatherings!

Yield: 2 cocktails

Yield: 2 cocktails

prep time
2 minutes
total time
5 minutes


  • Cocktail shaker

  • Moscow mule mugs or copper mugs

  • Spoon for stirring


  • 1 1⁄2 ounces (3 tablespoons) vodka

  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh apple cider

  • 1⁄2 ounce (1 tablespoon) cranberry juice

  • 2-3 ounces ginger beer, chilled

  • Apple slices and cranberries for garnish


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