This Thanksgiving Moscow Mule puts a pumpkin apple spice flavored twist on a traditional vodka mule made with lime and ginger beer. This version adds apple cider, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice to create a cozy cocktail, perfect for the holiday season.
The holidays are stressful and there’s really no way to avoid it but one (or two) cool and crisp cocktails in hand is a great way to take the edge off (responsibly). So, today I’m sharing these thanksgiving moscow mules, so you have plenty of time to add them to your holiday menu and make your holiday season a little easier.
This drink is a delicious variation of a classic moscow mule (vodka + ginger beer + lime juice). This fall-inspired version adds crisp apple cider, pumpkin puree and warming pumpkin pie spices to make a sweet, spicy and strong mule, perfect for cooler weather.
💗 Why You’ll Love this Recipe
- Quick and easy to make. No special mixology knowledge required.
- Customizable -you can use your favorite spirit instead of vodka or omit the alcohol completely.
- Great for gatherings! This drink recipe is easy to multiply and make a large batch in a pitcher.
- You can make a milder flavored mule using ginger ale instead of ginger beer.
🍺 Ingredients You’ll Need
- Apple Cider – gives the drink bold, crisp and sweet apple flavor. You can use alcoholic or non-alcoholic cider.
- Pumpkin Puree – is added in a small amount for color, flavor and frothiness.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice – adds cozy warming flavor.
- Vodka – You don’t need to break the bank on a premium bottle of vodka. The bitter alcohol taste is masked by the rest of the tasty flavors, so need to get fancy.
- Lime Juice – adds notes of citrus flavor and contrasting tangy flavor to the spicy ginger beer.
- Ginger Beer – is a non-alcoholic brewed and fermented soft drink. A bartender friend of mine describes it as “ginger ale on steroids.”
- For Garnish – lime wedges or wheels, apple slices and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
Recommended Tools for Moscow Mules:
- Mixing Tin (or a large glass jug or pitcher)
- Cocktail Spoon (or long-handled spoon)
- Fruit Juicer
- Copper Mule Mugs
📖 How to Make Apple Cider Moscow Mule
1️⃣ Mix cider with puree and spices:
In a mixing tin (or jar or measuring cup), add apple cider, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. Stir gently until the puree and spices are mixed well within the apple cider.
2️⃣ Add vodka and lime:
Add vodka and lime juice to the tin and stir gently to combine.
3️⃣ Build cocktail:Fill four copper mule mugs with ice and pour cider-vodka mixture evenly between the four mugs. Fill the remainder of the mugs with ginger beer and stir each drink gently.
Garnish with fresh lime, apple slices and a light sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. Enjoy!
🗨️ Tips for Making Moscow Mules
Moscow mules should be stirred, never shaken. If you shake carbonated ginger beer it will fizz up and explode just like soda.
For that same reason, be sure to stir the apple cider with the puree and spices gently so it doesn’t get foamy.
For a milder, sweeter and less fizzy cocktail, ginger ale can be used in place of ginger beer.
If you need to make more than 4 servings, multiply the recipe to account for how much you need. For a large batch, mix the cider-vodka mixture in a large pitcher with the ginger beer and serve in mule mugs with fresh ice to order. Top each drink with a splash of fresh ginger beer to wake up the bubbles.
🔁Moscow Mule Variations
A basic mule recipe (vodka + ginger + lime) is a great drink to customize with your favorite flavors and spirits.
Cranberry Apple Moscow Mule: Instead of pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice, use cranberry juice cocktail and and fresh cranberries.
Irish Moscow Mule: Keep it simple and swap out the vodka for Irish whiskey.
Kentucky Moscow Mule: Swap the vodka for bourbon.
Spicy Moscow Mule: Muddle 2 to 3 fresh jalapenos in the bottom of the mule mugs. Build the cocktail with the muddled jalapenos over ice and stir. This one also taste great with tequila.
🚫 Non-Alcoholic Thanksgiving Moscow Mule
If you’d like to make a virgin thanksgiving moscow mule, use sparking non-alcoholic apple cider or apple juice instead of alcoholic cider and omit the vodka.
No. Ginger beer is a non-alcoholic fermented ginger flavored soft drink.
Copper is a thermal conducting metal, so it reacts to the temperature of whatever is in it. Serving moscow mule in a copper mug keeps it pleasantly cool over a longer period of time.
Moscow mules should be gently stirred or else the carbonation will make the drink way too fizzy.
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Thanksgiving Moscow Mule (Pumpkin Apple Spice)
- mixing tin (or large jar/pitcher)
- long-handled spoon
- fruit juicer
- copper mule mugs
- 1 cup apple cider like Angry Orchard or a non-alcoholic apple cider
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 3 ounces vodka
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 4 ounces ginger beer or ginger ale
- lime wedges
- apple slices
- pumpkin pie spice
- In a mixing tin (or jar or measuring cup), add apple cider, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. Stir gently until the puree and spices are mixed well within the apple cider.
- Add vodka and lime juice to the tin and stir gently to combine.
- Fill four copper mule mugs with ice and pour cider-vodka mixture evenly between the four mugs. Top the remainder of the drinks with ginger beer and stir.
- Garnish with fresh lime, apple slices and a light sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. Enjoy!