Apple Cider Moscow Mule

This Apple Cider Moscow Mule puts a Fall twist on the traditional cocktail. Apple cider, lime juice, vodka and ginger beer are all you need for this delicious cocktail.

*** This post was originally published in 2018. It was updated in 2021 to add new photographs. The original recipe remains the same. Enjoy!

Today I’m putting a twist on the traditional moscow mule by throwing some apple cider into the mix. I thought it would be perfect for Fall and would make a fun and festive cocktail for Thanksgiving.

If you’ve ever made a Moscow Mule, you know that it is a super simple recipe. There’s basically no measuring involved, no cocktail shakers needed and no fancy ingredients.

How do you make a moscow mule cocktail?

  • Making a traditional moscow mule cocktail is simple! You just need three ingredients – vodka, ginger beer and lime. Fill a mug (or glass) with ice, add 1 shot of vodka, the juice of ½ a lime and top it off with ginger beer.
  • For this apple cider moscow mule, I added in 4 ounces of cider and cut the lime back to just 1/4 lime.

How do you measure a shot of vodka?

In the United States, a shot of liquor is generally considered to be 1.5 ounces. Here are three ways to measure a shot of vodka:

  • Use a tablespoon. A tablespoon holds about ½ ounce of liquid. So just pour three of those into your moscow mule.
  • Use a shot glass. A standard shot glass holds 1.5 ounces. Pour one of those into your moscow mule.
  • Learn to free pour. If your bottle of vodka comes with a pour spout on it, or if you have a pour spout at home, a three-count pour should give you about 1.5 ounces. Have fun practicing at home with a shot glass and an empty bottle filled with water. See if you can get really accurate with this. It’s a tip that I learned from my old bartending days and it definitely makes fixing cocktails much easier!
Overhead shot of ingredients for moscow mule cocktail.

Can you make a moscow mule with ginger ale?

  • While it will still taste good, ginger ale will make a much sweeter moscow mule and the ginger flavor will not be so pronounced. I definitely prefer ginger beer in my moscow mules because I like the bite of the ginger flavor and like my cocktails on the not-so-sweet side.

I don’t like vodka? Can I use a different liquor in my Apple Cider Moscow Mule?

You sure can! My friend Hillary made this delicious Spiced Apple Cider Mule using a combination of bourbon and Fireball cinnamon whisky. You could also swap in these liquors:

  • Tequila – This is also known as a Mexican Mule.
  • Gin – This is also known as a Gin Buck or Gin Gin Mule.
  • Rum – This is also known as a Dark ‘n Stormy if it’s made with dark rum.

To finish off my Apple Cider Moscow Mule, I dressed it up with a slice of apple and a cinnamon stick. This is totally optional, but super pretty. You could also garnish it with a rosemary sprig or lime wheel.

Side view close up of cider moscow mule cocktail.

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Apple cider moscow mule on serving tray garnished with apple slices and cinnamon stick.

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

This Apple Cider Moscow Mule puts a Fall twist on the traditional cocktail. Apple cider, lime juice, vodka and ginger beer are all you need for this delicious cocktail.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail


  • 4 ounces apple cider
  • 1 ½ ounces vodka
  • 1/4 lime (juiced)
  • 4-6 ounces ginger beer


  • Add apple cider, vodka, lime juice and ice to a copper mug. Top with ginger beer to fill. Enjoy!
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Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 114mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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