Thanksgiving Drinks Recipe: Ginger Apple Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule is a sensational and classic cocktail that you can enjoy all year. However, this drink strikes a different chord during Thanksgiving. It is typically mixed with vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer among other items. To make it warm and comforting and perfect for Thanksgiving, this variation uses pumpkin puree, apple cider, and pumpkin pie spice.

Ginger Apple Moscow Mule Recipe

It is no secret that preparing for the holidays can be quite hectic, but having a refreshing drink (or two) might take off some of the pressure (responsibly). One drink you should consider having this Thanksgiving is the Ginger Apple Moscow Mule. To help you out, I have put together the recipe for this classic drink.

Like the traditional Moscow Mule, this cocktail consists of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. The mix of these ingredients makes it sweet, spicy, and robust, as such, it is ideal for the fall season. Ginger Apple Moscow Mule is made with pumpkin puree, crisp apple cider, and warming pumpkin pie spices.


Below are the ingredients you need to prepare this drink:

  • Apple Cider: Adds a pronounced apple flavor that is both crisp and sweet to the drink. Use either non-alcoholic or alcoholic cider, depending on your preference.
  • Pumpkin Puree: is used very slightly to enhance the color, flavor, and foaminess.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice: to add a touch of homey, comforting flavor.
  • Vodka: You don’t have to break the bank for a costly bottle of Vodka, any bottle of quality vodka will do. Don’t worry about the sting of the alcohol as the other delicious flavors in the mix will drown it out.
  • Lime Juice: gives the spicy ginger beer a citrusy twist and a contrasting tanginess.
  • Ginger Beer: a soft drink that has been brewed and fermented without the addition of alcohol. My buddy the bartender calls it "ginger ale on steroids."
  • For Garnish – Apple slices, lime wheels, and a dash of pumpkin dessert spice.

How to Make Ginger Apple Moscow Mule

Combine apple cider, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice in a mixing tin (jar/measuring cup), and stir to combine. Apple cider should have a gentle stir until the purée and spices are evenly distributed throughout the liquid. Add the vodka and lime juice to your mix, then give it a little toss to blend the ingredients.

A cider-vodka mixture should be poured into four copper mule mugs that have some ice. Ensure that you distribute the mixture evenly across the mugs. Pour some Ginger Beer into the remaining mugs, and give each mug a light swirl before serving. Garnish your Moscow Mule with thin slices of fresh apple, lime, and lime zest. You can also consider a small dusting of pumpkin pie spice.

How To Make Moscow Mules

Always stir your Moscow mule instead of shaking it. The carbonation in ginger beer causes it to bubble and foam like a can of soda when shaken.

Be careful not to overmix the apple cider with both the puree and spices, since this can cause the mixture to become frothy. You can swap out the ginger beer for ginger ale for a tamer, sweeter, and less carbonated drink.

In order to prepare upwards of 4 servings, simply multiply the recipe by the appropriate number. Combine the cider and vodka in a large pitcher, then stir in the ginger beer. Serve in Moscow Mule glasses over ice. Add a spray of fresh ginger brew to each drink to reawaken the bubbles.


Thanksgiving is only a few hours away. Ginger Apple Moscow Mule is a great drink to serve this Thanksgiving. Do you have other suggestions on Thanksgiving drinks? Kindly drop your suggestion in the comments section below.

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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