Spicy Apple Cider Moscow Mule — A Drink With Kick

We love the gingery bite of a spicy apple cider Moscow mule. With warm spice and bright apple flavor, this is the mule we want to sip in autumn.

Updated January 24, 2024
Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Is there anything better than a cocktail that mirrors the fizzy taste of a soda? If you've had a Moscow mule before, then you know exactly what we're talking about. While the magic lies in the ginger beer, adding a bit of apple cider will give your cocktail the extra notch of fizz and spice. Treat yourself to a crisp apple cider Moscow mule that will make you fall in love with autumn again. 

How to Make Apple Cider Moscow Mule 

Give your apple cider Moscow mule an extra dose of alcoholic bubbly by using hard apple cider. For a sweeter and cozier cocktail, use salted caramel vodka. 


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces apple cider or hard apple cider
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer to top off
  • Lime wheel and mint sprig for garnish


  1. In a copper mug or highball, add ice, vodka, apple cider, and lime juice.
  2. Top off with ginger beer.
  3. Garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig.
Quick Tip

To keep your cocktail from diluting in flavor, freeze your apple cider into ice cubes. This helps to keep your cocktail iced and packed with flavor. 

Simple Variations and Substitutions to Try 

There are other options if you're short an ingredient or don't have one readily on hand. 

  • Consider using equal parts vodka and spiced rum to give your cocktail a touch of heat. 
  • Use a splash of ginger brandy or liqueur for a stronger ginger flavor.
  • Instead of apple cider, use sparkling apple cider for an extra bubbly mule.
  • Make it spicier or sweeter by replacing the vodka with these infused vodka flavors: ginger vodka, vanilla vodka, cinnamon vodka, or homemade apple pie vodka.


This recipe calls for the traditional lime wheel and mint sprig, but you can branch out and try the unexpected and unusual.

  • Consider apple slices and cinnamon sticks.
  • Pierce an apple slice with a couple of whole cloves. 
  • Use a sprig of thyme for an earthy look, especially with a slice of apple.
  • Skewer an apple slice and a sprig of candied ginger.

Related: 9 Hard Cider Cocktails That Take Cider to the Next Level

A Mule Cart of Apples

Whoever thought mixing apple cider with a Moscow mule could taste so good? This spicy and spiced cocktail gives you all the cozy fall feels. Grab your blanket because this boozy tipple will have you in festive cheer no matter what time of the year! 

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Spicy Apple Cider Moscow Mule — A Drink With Kick