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How to Make a Cinnamon Apple Moscow Mule

Add apple cider to a traditional Moscow Mule to transform it into a Cinnamon Apple Moscow Mule. Serve this delicious drink ice-cold in a copper mug, and garnish it with lime and apple slices to create a beautiful, tasty drink!

Fall Cocktail

These Moscow Mules are fizzy and have the obligatory lime juice–two things you expect in a mule. What turns them into a fall drink is apple cider and a secret ingredient to enhance the apple cider flavor. These mules are easy to assemble and are perfect for fall entertaining. Your guests will love them!

Cinnamon Apple Moscow Mule

Make Apple-Flavored Vodka for Cinnamon Apple Moscow Mules

These mules have apple-flavored vodka in them. You can purchase apple vodka or make your own with plain vodka. It is unbelievably easy to do and has only three ingredients–vodka, apples, and cinnamon. To infuse flavor into vodka, let it sit for about a week. So, if you plan to make cocktails on the weekend, start the infusion process the weekend before. Click here to go to the Cinnamon-Apple Infused Vodka recipe. 

Cinnamon Apple Moscow Mule

Secret Ingredient for Cinnamon Apple Moscow Mule

This recipe has a secret ingredient that enhances the apple cider flavor. The secret: use an apple cider drink mix (shown below). There are other brands besides the one I show below. However, use an apple cider mix instead of a mulled cider mix. Many mulled cider mixes do not have any apple flavor in them. For this recipe, you will want the apple flavor!

Use Fresh Apple and Limes to Garnish

The most visually appealing thing about this Cinnamon Apple Moscow Mule is the fresh apple slices floating on the top. Use small to medium-sized apples and cut large slices to place in the mugs (as shown below). Cut limes into wedges. Be sure to squeeze some lime juice all over the apple slices to prevent them from turning brown. Put a couple of apple slices and a lime wedge into the finished drink. Then, add a sprig or two of greenery. I used a sprig of basil and mint for these drinks.

Cinnamon Apple Moscow Mule

Mocktail Cinnamon Apple Moscow Mule

I like this drink as a mocktail without the alcohol. It has ginger beer in it, which sounds alcoholic but is not. I prefer to use Barritt’s Ginger Beer for the best taste. However, Fever-Tree Ginger Ale works well too. If you have a favorite brand, use it instead. If you make mocktails, use the apple, lime, and greenery garnish as you do for the cocktails. You can also place a stick of cinnamon in the mug.

Cinnamon Apple Moscow Mule

Copper Mug for Cinnamon Apple Moscow Mule

For the best taste, use copper mugs for these mules. They become chilled with the crushed ice and will stay that way for a while. You could use an insulated mug if you don’t have copper mugs. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Apple Moscow Mule

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Cinnamon Apple Moscow Mule

Cinnamon Apple Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule with cinnamon apple-flavored vodka and apple slices.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 146 kcal


  • copper mug


  • coarsely crushed ice
  • cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider instant drink mix
  • 1 lime, cut in half
  • 1-2 ounces cinnamon-apple vodka (omit for a mocktail mule)
  • 1 Barritts Ginger Beer
  • ¼ apple, thinly sliced
  • Sprig of greenery like mint or basil for garnish
  • cinnamon or cinnamon stick (optional)


  • Fill a copper Moscow mule mug half full with coarsely crushed ice.
  • In a drink shaker or a jar fitted with a lid, place the cider, instant cider drink mix, juice from 1/2 of the lime, and vodka. Shake to mix. (If you don’t have a shaker, measure the ingredients in a measuring cup and stir to dissolve the drink mix.
  • Pour the mixture over the crushed ice into the mug. Then, pour ginger ale to fill up the copper mug. Stir to mix.
  • Cut the leftover lime into two wedges. Place the first piece into the drink. Then, squeeze the other lime wedge over the apple slices to keep them from turning brown. Add the apples to the cocktail and sprinkle with cinnamon (or use a cinnamon stick) if desired. Place one or two sprigs of greenery into the mug to garnish. Serve immediately.



To make a mocktail, omit the vodka. Barritt’s Ginger Beer is non-alcoholic.


Calories: 146kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 1gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 197mgFiber: 3gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 59IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Apple, Apple Cinnamon, Cinnamon, Cinnamon Apple Moscow Mule, Cinnamon Apple Moscow Mule Mocktail, mocktail, Moscow Mule
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