With a few extra ingredients, an apple cider mule is a simple twist on a classic cocktail just perfect for the fall. Apple cider and grated cinnamon pair nicely with the ginger and lime for a vodka cocktail sure to please a crowd.
Add crushed ice to a copper mug (or highball glass or glass of your choice).
Pour in ginger beer, apple cider, vodka, and lime juice. Stir well.
Grate a cinnamon stick over top of the drink (or add a pinch of ground cinnamon) and stir. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and thin apple slices.
Ingredient NotesGinger beer: Don't sub in ginger ale, as ginger beer's stronger bite is essential as a mixer ingredient here. While there are some "hard" varieties out there, traditional ginger beer used in a mule is non-alcoholic, which is the kind used here.Lime juice: Freshly-squeezed lime juice is recommended for the best flavor.Ice: If you don't have a crushed ice dispenser, add regular ice cubes to a sealable bag and pound with a mallet or meat tenderizer until crushed.Apple slices: Hold off on slicing the apples for garnish until shortly before serving so they don't brown.Non-alcoholic option: Simply omit the vodka for a delicious mocktail.Pitcher Instructions: If making a pitcher ahead of time, leave out the ginger beer to stir in just prior to serving so it doesn't go flat. Ice can go in the pitcher if serving soon after, or just in the glasses to prevent dilution as it melts. To make a pitcher of four fully-sized drinks, use the following quantities: