This autumnal mules cocktail combines tangy apple cider, sweet cranberry juice, vodka and ginger beer for the perfect fall sipper. With just 5 easy minutes of mixing, one can have this stunning ruby red mule ready to serve.
Using 100% fresh juices is key for the best flavor impact. A good quality ginger beer provides the signature spice kick. Vodka allows the fruits to shine as the star ingredients.
Read on for a simple recipe and pro tips on selecting ingredients, garnishing ideas, and scaling up this mule for your next Thanksgiving gathering. Cheers!
- 1 1⁄2 ounces (3 tablespoons) vodka
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh apple cider
- 1⁄2 ounce (1 tablespoon) cranberry juice
- 2-3 ounces ginger beer, chilled
- Apple slices and cranberries for garnish
- Cocktail shaker
- Moscow mule mugs or copper mugs
- Spoon for stirring
Mix the Cocktail
- Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add vodka, apple cider, and cranberry juice.
- Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds until well chilled.
- Strain cocktail over ice into chilled copper mugs.
- Top with 2-3 ounces ginger beer. Stir gently to incorporate.
- Garnish festively with apple slice skewers with cranberries. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2 cocktails
Tips for Delicious Mules
- Seek out 100% pure juices without added sugars.
- Use a bold, spicy ginger beer like Fever Tree or Q brand.
- Shake vodka mixture first to properly blend and chill.
- Add ginger beer last and stir gently to preserve its fizz.
- Adjust apple cider to cranberry ratios to taste.
Presenting Cranapple Mules
- Serve in copper mule mugs or tall glasses with plenty of ice
- Skewer fun garnishes like cranberries and apple slices
- Provide festive paper straws in seasonal autumn colors
- For parties, preset rows of frozen copper mugs for frosty sipping
Scaling the Recipe
For a big batch:
- Multiply ingredients x 8-10 and make in a large drink dispenser
- Add ginger beer and stir just before serving
- Provide a garnish bar with chopped fruits, herbs, flowers
- Let guests help themselves and customize ratios
The perfect seasonal sipper for Thanksgiving and holiday gatherings!