Applejack Moscow Mule

Fall is around the corner, so it’s time to learn how to make an Applejack Moscow Mule. This spiced mule is made with apple brandy and tastes like autumn in a glass mule mug.

two applejack moscow mules with red apples on a white background

Earlier this week the pumpkin spice lattes came back to our country’s favorite coffee shop chain. It seems that this drink comes back earlier and earlier every year.

What intrigues me is this year they also have an apple crisp macchiato — I’m looking forward to trying that one.

Apples are one of my favorite parts of fall, and though the chilly weather hasn’t arrived here yet, it will be lovely when it does so I can make a big batch of homemade apple cider on the stove.

I’m also going to be stocking up on applejack so I can enjoy it in more fall cocktails like this applejack Moscow mule.

a top view of an applejack moscow mule

If you’ve been here a while, we all know I love a classic Moscow mule.

If you haven’t, welcome. And you should know I love to make mules.

Mules are zesty. They’re spicy. They’re cold. They’re refreshing. They’re versatile.

In fact, I even ranked all the best ginger beers this summer so that you can make mules for yourself with the level of gingery spiciness you desire.

a bowl of apples next to an applejack moscow mule

What is a Moscow mule?

A Moscow mule is a cocktail that’s classically made with vodka, lime juice and ginger beer.

Mules can also be made with other spirits. See also this bourbon mule, this gin mule and this tequila mule.

The recipe I am making today uses applejack instead of vodka, and it bring a bright, crisp apple flavor to the cocktail.

a bottle of applejack with a red apple

What is applejack?

Applejack, also known as apple brandy, is a spirit that’s distinctly American.

In the 1600s — pre-bourbon, that is — colonists in the Northeast produced hard cider with their apple orchard wares.

They learned they could leave barrels of the cider outside overnight to freeze, which is a method called “jacking.” It allowed them to separate any alcohol that didn’t freeze from the ice in the barrels, which gave them the higher-proof applejack.

Today, applejack can still be found on the liquor store shelves. Laird’s, which was founded in the late 1600s, is still one of the top apple brandy brands out there.

There are also a number of small distilleries producing applejack. The one I used in this recipe is from Coppercraft Distillery which I picked up on a trip to Michigan.

two applejack moscow mules on a green tea towel

What about those fancy mule mugs?

Moscow mules are often served in a copper mule mug which keeps them super cold.

As you can see I found silver mule mugs, which are just as fun if copper isn’t your style!

You can also just use a regular ol’ glass — really, that is fine.

two applejack moscow mule with red apples and a citrus reamer

Moscow Mules for Fall

Moscow mules are great in the summer because they can help you beat the heat, but I love them all year long.

In the crisp autumn weather, there are quite a few recipes you can enjoy because so many fall flavors go well with ginger.

  • Apple cider Moscow mule — This one features fresh, spiced apple cider alongside the ginger and lime.
  • Asian pear Moscow mule — This fall mule takes advantage of Asian pear season and features pear vodka.
  • Ginger pomegranate Moscow mule — Pomegranate is such a lovely fall/winter flavor and I love the sound of this recipe that combines its juice with ginger and lime.
  • Blood orange Moscow mule — Blood oranges are always a treat and this one brings in their sweet-tart flavor to the ginger mixture.
a citrus reamer with a moscow mule and a bowl of apples

Whether you’re ready for fall or not, it’s coming soon and now you have the perfect cocktail to enjoy all season long!

Cheers! // susannah

two applejack moscow mules with red apples on a white background

Applejack Moscow Mule

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Add applejack (AKA apple brandy) to a Moscow mule cocktail for a bright, crisp apple flavor.

Ingredients

  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1 ounce applejack
  • 4 ounces of ginger beer
  • apple slices, for garnish
  • cinnamon stick, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a mule mug, add the lime juice and spent lime shell. Then, fill the mug to the top with crushed ice.
  2. Add the applejack and top with ginger beer.
  3. Garnish with apple slices and/or a cinnamon stick.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 154mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 1gSugar: 45gProtein: 1g

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