This Spiced Apple Moscow Mule cocktail recipe is made with vodka, apple cider, ginger beer, and a spiced simple syrup. A delightfully refreshing drink for fall.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Pinnacle® Vodka
It took a trip to Arkansas for me to finally try a Moscow Mule.
In October, I traveled to Arkansas for business. Toward the end of my trip, I joined some colleagues at a local gastropub for happy hour.
One of the happy hour specials was a Moscow Mule – something I had never tried. Several people at our table ordered one, and in copycat style, I went with one too. I really didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did, but it was so refreshing and delicious! Full of spicy ginger flavor.
Shortly after arriving home, David and I had bought the ingredients for making our own Moscow Mules–even copper mugs. He loves anything with the flavor of ginger, so he was a very willing participant.
Now that we’ve enjoyed traditional Moscow Mules, I thought it would be fun to create a fall version. I did some Moscow Mule experimenting and it led to a delicious Spiced Apple Moscow Mule cocktail recipe that is perfect for autumn.
I used Original Pinnacle® Vodka for this cocktail recipe, there are LOTS of other Pinnacle® Vodka flavors–more than 40 different ones, including many seasonal varieties. The best part is that they are quite affordable, so you can pick up an extra bottle or two for your holiday drinks (like I did!).
The first step in creating your Spiced Apple Moscow Mule cocktail recipe is to create a spiced simple syrup. To give this recipe plenty of spiced flavor, you’ll be simmering the syrup with cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. Oh, this stuff is GOOD.
Once your spiced simple syrup with cinnamon and cloves is fully cooled, you’re ready to craft your cocktails.
You’ll pour 2 ounces of Original Pinnacle® Vodka in a copper mug (or glass of your choice), followed by 2 ounces of apple cider and 1 ounce of your spiced simple syrup. Add ice, and then top off your drink with 4 to 6 ounces of ginger beer.
NOTE: I bought my copper mugs at Target. I love them, but I’m don’t think they have this exact design anymore, however, I did find this similar copper mug with a hammered design on Amazon with excellent reviews.
Give it a stir with a cinnamon stick, add a slice of apple for garnish, and your Spiced Apple Moscow Mule is ready to enjoy!
Spiced Apple Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe
Spiced Apple Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe
- 2 ounces Original Pinnacle® Vodka
- 2 ounces apple cider
- 1 ounce Spiced Simple Syrup with Cinnamon and Cloves recipe below
- 4 ounces to 6 ginger beer
- slices Apple and cinnamon sticks for garnish
Spiced Simple Syrup with Cinnamon and Cloves
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 4 in or 5 cinnamon sticks broken half
- 6 cloves whole
Spiced Simple Syrup with Cinnamon and Cloves.
In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add cinnamon sticks and cloves. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for 10 minutes until mixture has begun to thicken a bit.
Turn off heat, cover, and allow syrup to cool completely for 30 to 60 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks and cloves from syrup; discard. Refrigerate syrup in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
Makes 3/4 to 1 cup syrup
Spiced Apple Moscow Mule Cocktail
In a copper mug or glass, add vodka, apple cider, and spiced simple syrup. Add ice. Top off with ginger beer. Stir and garnish with cinnamon stick. Add slice of apple, if desired, for garnish.
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