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This apple cider Moscow mule is the perfect fall cocktail. Made with lime, mint, vodka, apple cider, and a touch of spicy ginger beer. You’ll love this flavor-packed cocktail!

Apple Cider Moscow Mule in a metal mug.

Are you searching for the PERFECT fall cocktail?

Well, look no further. I got you covered with this apple cider Moscow mule!

It’s packed full of flavor and only takes 5 minutes to make!

Plus, it’s the perfect little spin to the classic Moscow mule.

Which of course I already love but I think I might love this fall version even more.

Who can say no to sweet apple cider mixed with vodka, mint, lime, and a touch of ginger beer?

Apple Cider Moscow Mule in a moscow mule glass.

What is a Moscow mule?

A Moscow mule is a simple cocktail that is typically made with vodka, fresh-squeezed lime, and ginger beer.

It’s a sweet and tart cocktail that not only tastes great but comes served in cute copper mugs.

Of course, the mugs are not totally necessary BUT they do make it very traditional.

For this version, I put a fall spin on the cocktail by adding some fresh mint and apple cider.

It’s the perfect fall twist!

Apple Cider Moscow Mule on a table surrounded by ingredients.

Ingredients for an apple cider Moscow mule

  • Fresh lime juice – This is common ingredient in Moscow mules and brings a nice bright tart flavor to the cocktail. I personally thing fresh squeezed lime juice is the best!
  • Mint leaves – You only need a few fresh leaves but I wouldn’t skip on it!
  • Vodka – Use whatever vodka you love. Stay away from cheaper watered down vodka as that is not good in anything.
  • Apple cider – I love to buy fresh apple cider made by my local cider operation because it’s packed full of apple flavor. However, if you don’t have anything like that in your area you can easily buy apple cider at the grocery store.
  • Ginger beer – I used fever tree in these photos but if you can get your hands on a spicy ginger beer give it a try. It’s so darn good!
Apple Cider Moscow Mule garnished with a cinnamon stick.

What is the best ginger beer to use?

For this recipe, I used Fever Tree which is a great-tasting option that can be found at most grocery stores or liquor stores.

However, I have also made this drink with spicy ginger beer and it’s so good. I love that extra kick as it balances out the tartness of the lime and the sweetness of the apple cider.

In a pinch, you can use ginger ale but I find most common ginger ales do not hold a ton of ginger flavor.

Can I use apple juice instead?

Yes, BUT it won’t have the same depth of flavor.

I really recommend trying to find some apple cider instead.

You can typically find it in the cold section of the vegetable department or you can find shelf-stable apple cider from brands like Musselman’s and Martinelli.

Apple Cider Moscow Mule served on a table.

Love this apple cider Moscow mule?

Why not try a few of my other delicious fall cocktails?!

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes

This apple cider Moscow mule is the perfect fall cocktail. Made with lime, mint, vodka, apple cider, and a touch of spicy ginger beer. You'll love this flavor-packed cocktail!


  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 mint leaves
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 3 ounces spicy ginger beer


  1. In the bottom of a cocktail glass or mule glass add lime juice and mint leaves.
  2. Lightly muddle the leaves to release some of the mint flavors.
  3. Fill the glass with ice.
  4. Pour in the vodka and apple cider and gently stir.
  5. Top with ginger beer and gently stir.
  6. If desired, garnish with apple slices, lime wedges, cinnamon sticks, and whole star anise.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 1g

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Wednesday 24th of November 2021

Can I use hard cider?


Tuesday 30th of November 2021

Sure! It will change the taste slightly (a little less apple cider taste) but I bet it will still be delicious! If you give it a try let me know how it turns out. - Brandy

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