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The Speckled Palate
September 10, 2018

Apple Pie Moscow Mule

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Celebrate fall weather and flavors by mixing up a Apple Pie Moscow Mule! Apple juice serves as the base of this cocktail. Mix with ginger beer, vodka, a squeeze of lime and cinnamon simple syrup. Sweet, but not too sweet, this autumnal twist on a classic Moscow Mule tastes like a slice of apple pie. Whether you’re serving yourself or a crowd, these Apple Pie Moscow Mules are flavor-filled, balanced, unique cocktail to serve at any gathering!

Two Apple Pie Moscow Mules sit on a marble background, surrounded by apples, lime slices and cinnamon

Y’all should know by now that I’m a sucker for a unique seasonal cocktail.

Since fall is right around the corner—even though it feels far, far away in North Texas still—I wanted to mix up something seasonal for us today.

What’s more seasonal for the autumn that apple and cinnamon together? Not much, I say.

Ingredients for Apple Pie Moscow Mules are lined up on a marble backdrop

Today, we’re celebrating fall flavors with Apple Pie Moscow Mules. Because I don’t know about you, but I desperately need a hint of fall at this point in the summer months. (Being insanely pregnant obviously does not help, either.)

That’s right—these Moscow mules that taste like a slice of pie.

And I’m a sucker for pie-tasting drinks. (Hello, Gin Apple Pie Cocktail and Peach Moscow Mule; I’m looking at you.)

Apple juice is poured into a cup to make an Apple Pie Moscow Mule

These fall-flavored mules would be perfect to serve at any fall gathering. Which includes a tailgate (or a homegate), a Halloween party (with kids and adults—you can make them booze-free for kids and those who don’t drink), Thanksgiving, holiday parties and more.

These Apple Pie Moscow Mules can be made for individuals or for a crowd, too, and the simple syrup can be made in advance. (More on this in a bit, I promise.)

And they’re oh-so-delicious. Like… can’t stop drinking delicious. Which makes them a bit dangerous, but so long as you know they’re a slippery slope, you can pace yourself, right? RIGHT.

Ginger beer is poured into a Apple Pie Moscow Mule

What is the story behind the Moscow Mule?

I read that back in the ‘40s, Americans thought vodka was disgusting and subsequently would not drink it.

The story goes that the bartender at the L.A. restaurant, Cock ‘n Bull, mixed this beverage after listening to the laments of three businessmen—a vodka maker, a ginger beer maker and a copper mug maker.

Or maybe he just had an excess of all three and used this drink to move product off the shelves. Who knows?

Whatever actually happened resulted in a delicious sipper, traditionally served in a copper mug. (Yes, I know I’m not serving this in a copper mug, and I know you might consider that sacrilegious. I’m sorry. It was too pretty not to show off the color in a regular glass.)

Cinnamon simple syrup is poured into a Apple Pie Moscow Mule

Why is it called a Moscow Mule?

I’ve read that the name was decided at random.

However, I’ve also read that Moscow was highlighted because Russians are known for their vodka. (Fun fact: Did you know the translation of vodka is “little water?” I did not!) Mule could have been chosen because the ginger beer gives the drink a little kick.

Does anyone really know? No. (And does it really matter? No, though it’s fun to read up on your favorite cocktails.)

A lime is squeezed into a newly mixed Apple Pie Moscow Mule

I don’t drink. Can I make this Apple Pie Moscow Mule without alcohol?

YES! I was delighted to realize that this Apple Pie Moscow Mule can be made booze-free and remain just as delicious.

All you have to do is leave out the vodka, mix up the other ingredients, and then you’re good to go.

I can imagine this would be awesome for a fall gathering because you can allow guests to mix their own drinks. Kids—who obviously don’t drink—can mix up their own “cocktails,” to be a part of festivities, too.

Overhead image of a Apple Pie Moscow Mule, shown with apples and lime slices

Can I use regular simple syrup instead of the special cinnamon syrup you suggest making?

You can, but your mule will be lacking the apple pie element. (And honestly, that’s the element that really does it for me with this mule.) The cinnamon in the cinnamon simple syrup just brings this drink to a different level.

That said, you could substitute the apple juice with apple cider and use regular simple syrup for the same effect if you wanted to go that route.

Two Apple Pie Moscow Mules sit on a marble background, surrounded by apples, lime slices and cinnamon

What do I need to make these Apple Pie Moscow Mules?

A Apple Pie Moscow Mule sits on a marble background, surrounded by apples and lime slices

Do you have any other apple drinks I can make, too?

I sure do! Here’s a list of some of our favorites for the fall months…

What about other mule recipes?

YUP! Here you go…

Overhead image of a Apple Pie Moscow Mule, shown with apples and lime slices

What else can I serve at a gathering where these Apple Pie Moscow Mules are served?

Now who’s ready to mix up some of this goodness all fall long?

Scroll on down to grab my recipe!

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Apple Pie Moscow Mule
Yield: 1 cocktail

Apple Pie Moscow Mule

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Infusion Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

Celebrate fall weather and flavors by mixing up a Apple Pie Moscow Mule! Apple juice serves as the base of this cocktail. Mix with ginger beer, vodka, a squeeze of lime and cinnamon simple syrup. Sweet, but not too sweet, this autumnal twist on a classic Moscow Mule tastes like a slice of apple pie. Whether you're serving yourself or a crowd, these Apple Pie Moscow Mules are flavor-filled, balanced, unique cocktail to serve at any gathering!

Ingredients

Cinnamon-Infused Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 sticks cinnamon

Apple Pie Moscow Mule (Makes 1)

  • 2 oz. apple juice
  • 3 oz. ginger beer
  • 1 ½ oz. vodka
  • ½ oz. lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • ½ oz. cinnamon simple syrup
  • Ice, for serving

Instructions

Make the Cinnamon-Infused Simple Syrup

  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, measure out the water and sugar. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat.
  2. Add in the cinnamon sticks, and cover for 30 minutes to three hours. (The longer the simple syrup infuses, the more cinnamon-y it will become. Proceed with caution.)
  3. When the syrup has finished infusing (and tastes good to you!), strain and pour into a mason jar. Refrigerate until time to make cocktails.

Make the Apple Pie Moscow Mule

  1. In a copper mug (or your favorite glassware of choice—we aren’t picky here!), measure out the apple juice, ginger beer, vodka, lime juice and cinnamon simple syrup.
  2. Use a spoon to stir up the ingredients.
  3. Top with ice, and enjoy immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1 cocktail

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 791 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 15mg Carbohydrates: 182g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 168g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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2 Comments

  1. Maia

    Love the glass with the gold around it! Where did you get that?

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Maia! I love those glasses, too. My mom purchased them from Anthropologie for me as a gift, but they’re no longer in stock. They’re called “Glimmer Wrapped Old Fashioned Glasses” and are some of my favorite barware.

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