Spiced Apple Mule Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:14

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Spiced Apple Mule is a seasonal twist on the classic Moscow Mule. It was first created in the cold winters of New York, as bartenders wanted to offer their patrons a warming, spicy cocktail. It's a favorite among those who love the combination of apple, ginger, and spices. Perfect for autumn and winter gatherings.

How Spiced Apple Mule Tastes?

The Spiced Apple Mule is a harmonious blend of sweet, spicy, and tangy. The sweetness of the apple juice is balanced by the fiery kick of ginger beer and the warmth of cinnamon. The vodka adds a smooth, strong undertone.

Interesting facts about Spiced Apple Mule

  • The Spiced Apple Mule is a variation of the Moscow Mule, which was invented in the 1940s.
  • Despite its name, the cocktail doesn't contain any mule. The 'mule' in the name comes from the kick of the ginger beer.
  • The cocktail is traditionally served in a copper mug, which keeps the drink cold and enhances the flavors.


A few good options for Spiced Apple Mule are:

  • Smirnoff
  • Absolut Citron
  • Grey Goose

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A few good options for Spiced Apple Mule are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Vodka is like the blank canvas of this cocktail; it provides a smoothing alcohol base without overpowering other flavors. 2 oz of vodka is just the right amount to let the other ingredients shine while still giving that 'kick.' Too little, and you might feel underwhelmed. Too much, and your mule could become a stallion, overpowering the delicate balance.

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Apple Juice

Apple Juice gives this mule its fruity backbone. 4 oz offers a perfect balance, merging with the vodka and ensuring the cocktail is refreshing and approachable. If we skimp on the juice, the drink becomes a shadow of its true self; too much, and it's more of a child's punch. Apple cider could be a more autumnal substitute, adding depth.

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Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer brings the fizz and zing to the party. 6 oz is spot on – creating a bubbly, spicy experience that defines a mule. Without it, it's like a party without music; just doesn't click. If you pour in too much, you may find the ginger overbearing. A ginger ale could mellow out the spice if you're not a fan of too much heat.

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Cinnamon Stick

A Cinnamon Stick serves as more than a swizzle stick; it's the aromatic soul of the drink. Use it to stir and you'll add a subtle layer of warm spice, perfect for a chilly evening. Miss out on it, you'll remove a depth of flavor – like a pie without the seasoning. If you're feeling experimental, a dash of ground cinnamon could work too.

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Lime Juice

Lime Juice cuts through the sweetness with its tangy profile. 1 oz ensures the cocktail has a crisp acidity for balance, preventing it from being cloyingly sweet. Not enough lime, and the drink feels flat; too much, and your mule gets sour. Lemon juice could be a zesty alternative for a slightly different kind of tartness.

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Apple Slices

Apple Slices aren't just for show; they add fresh apple notes and a satisfying crunch if you fancy a nibble. They salute to the apple juice within, adding a textural experience. Leave them out, and the drink is stripped of its final flourish. Try pear slices for a genteel twist that still nods to the orchard.

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Recipe. How to make Spiced Apple Mule Drink

  1. Fill a copper mug or highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the vodka and apple juice.
  3. Squeeze in the lime juice.
  4. Top with ginger beer and stir gently.
  5. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and apple slices.

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality ginger beer for the best flavor.
  • For a festive twist, add a splash of caramel vodka.
  • Chill your mug or glass in the freezer before making the cocktail for an extra-cold drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Platter: A selection of aged cheeses like cheddar or gouda complements the spiced and fruity notes of the Spiced Apple Mule.

  • Grilled Sausages: Pair your cocktail with some grilled sausages. The savory flavors will contrast nicely with the sweet and spicy kick of the drink.

Main Courses:

  • Pork Chops: Opt for glazed pork chops as the sweetness of the glaze will echo the apple and cinnamon tones.

  • Roast Chicken: A herb-roasted chicken would make a hearty pairing, with the spices from the cocktail bringing out the flavors of the herbs.


  • Apple Pie: Embrace apple with apple – an apple pie with its buttery crust and spiced filling would harmonize wonderfully.

  • Gingerbread Cookies: The ginger in the cookies will resonate with the ginger beer's zest in the cocktail.

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What you could change in Spiced Apple Mule

  • If you don't have apple juice, you can use apple cider.
  • If you don't have a cinnamon stick, you can use a pinch of ground cinnamon.

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And of course - twists🍹

Smoky Apple Mule

  • Replace vodka with 1.5 oz of mezcal.
  • Add a pinch of smoked paprika.

A smoky brother to the original, this twist adds a touch of bonfire to the orchard.

Spicy Apple Mule

  • Add a slice of fresh jalapeño into the glass before adding ice.
  • Replace ginger beer with a spicy ginger beer.

Spice up your life – or at least your drink. This kicks the heat up a notch for those who like it hot.

Crisp Autumn Mule

  • Use spiced apple cider in place of apple juice.
  • Add a splash of cranberry juice.

Capture the essence of fall with each sip, boasting deeper apple notes and a tart cranberry zing.

In case you forgot basics how to make Spiced Apple Mule

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Spiced Apple Mule

What type of vodka is best for this recipe?

A high quality, clear, unflavored vodka is typically used for the Spiced Apple Mule.

Why is the cocktail served in a copper mug?

The copper mug has a dual purpose; it keeps the drink cold, whilst also enhancing the flavors of the vodka, ginger beer, and apple.

Can I use canned or fresh lime juice?

Fresh lime juice is preferred for its fresh and vibrant flavor. However, canned or bottled lime juice can be used as a substitute.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

Certainly! Simply leave out the vodka. It won't have the same kick, but it will still be a refreshing drink.

What's the best way to cut apple slices for garnish?

Cut the apple into thin slices around the core. You can leave the skin on or peel it according to personal preference.

Is this a summer or winter cocktail?

While it can be enjoyed any time, the Spiced Apple Mule is especially popular in the colder months due to its warm, cozy flavors.

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