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Delicious Apple Cider Mule with Whiskey Recipe


With pie spice and ginger beer, this Apple Cider Mule with Whiskey recipe brings the holiday celebration straight to your mouth. Serve this easy cocktail recipe for Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings. These are the perfect fall flavors!

A copper mug on a table with a lime and cinnamon sticks sitting next to it.
Let’s make this flavorful Apple Cider Mule with Whiskey recipe.

This Whiskey Mule with Apple Cider recipe is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Albertsons. All opinions are 100% mine.

A Delicious Apple Cider Whiskey Cocktail

You know I’m a fan of Moscow Mule variations and the holidays are the perfect time to serve them to your friends and family.

They’re notoriously easy cocktails to make and fun to modify to include seasonal flavors.

Related: Cocktails with Apple Juice

This Apple Mule skips the vodka, in favor of whiskey, to create a flavorful drink that is refreshing and comforting at the same time.

It’s easy to keep these ingredients on hand so you can make these tasty whiskey cocktails whenever friends drop by or you decide to host a party.


Ingredients to make an Apple Cider Moscow Mule sitting on a cutting board.
What you need to make an Apple Cider Mule.

I picked up my Apple Cider Moscow Mule ingredients at my local Albertsons store. Feel free to use what you already have on hand.

Apple Cider adds a sweetness and a very subtle apple juice flavor. It’s one of my favorite ingredients to use heading into the holidays.

Ginger Beer is a classic cocktail mixer and one of the award-winning products recognized for its quality and flavor.

Similarly, the Signature Select™ Tennessee Straight Whiskey offers a great liquor, for creating delicious craft cocktails, at a value.

The whiskey adds another layer of flavor that will help warm you up when the weather cools down. (You can use bourbon in place of whiskey if you prefer).

For extra flavor, this recipe uses fresh lime juice, maple syrup and pie spice, a blend that includes all your favorite seasonal spices in one!

How to make an Apple Cider Moscow Mule with Whiskey

Woman adding lime juice to a copper Moscow Mule mug.

Step 1

To a copper Moscow Mule mug, add fresh lime juice.

*A note on the copper mug: They aren’t required but they sure are a great way to serve these cocktails!

Whether you’re making these for a holiday gathering or just sipping a drink with your significant other, a copper mug helps to keep your cocktail frosty.

And guests LOVE them! With a delicious cocktail and a copper mug, you will have your guests begging to be invited back.

Woman opening a bottle of whiskey.

Step 2

Add the whiskey to the mug.

This delicious whiskey is 4 years old and aged in new charred oak barrels. Tennessee Straight Whiskey makes premium small batches and has notes of caramel and vanilla, balanced with toasted oak.

It has a smooth finish and is an excellent whiskey to use in cocktails where you want the flavor to shine through.

Woman pouring apple cider into a copper Moscow Mule mug.

Step 3

Add the apple cider.

I used the Signature SELECT™ variety that I found in the bottled juice aisle, but for a more pronounced flavor look for a cold-pressed juice.

And keep your eyes out for seasonal versions that are sometimes offered as the holidays kick into high gear.

And while you’re there, be sure to pick up an Advent Wine Calendar to use for a virtual wine tasting with friends!

Woman measuring out some pumpkin pie spice from a jar.

Step 4

Add the pie spice. I love using powdered spices in cocktails. They are a quick way to add a ton of flavor.

If you’re a fan of spice, go a little heavier. If not, start with a little and add more as needed.

And if you would rather add the individual spices that you like most, that works too. Feel free to make this your own!

If you are using an apple cider that already has spices added, you may need to use way less or none of the powdered spice.

Woman adding ice to a copper Mule mug.

Step 5

Add ice.

Woman adding ginger beer to a copper Moscow Mule mug.

Step 6

Then top with ginger beer.

When making a Moscow Mule, you should keep the ginger beer to no more than 2-3 ounces.

Ginger beer can be super strong and overpower the other flavors if you go too heavy.

If you want to ensure a full cup, you can either add more apple juice or more ice.

I’ve tried just about all the brands of ginger beer and this one is delish! It has a zingy flavor at first and a nice bite from the ginger at the end. It’s full of flavor and I’ll be keeping it on hand in my home bar from now on.

Woman adding maple syrup to a copper mug.

Step 7

While I don’t love sweet cocktails, sometimes you need to add a little sweetness to balance the flavors. I decided to use maple syrup to add extra flavor as well.

It works really well with the spices and whiskey flavors.

You could substitute honey or simple syrup, as well. In fact, this Vanilla Syrup with Cinnamon would be AMAZING!

Step 8

A quick stir to blend the flavors and you’re almost ready to start enjoying your cocktail.

Woman adding a pinch of pumpkin pie spice to a slice of apple on a cutting board.

A fun garnish

The perfect garnish for this Apple Mule is a slice of green apple dusted with a little extra pie spice.

Woman holding a copper mug that is garnished with an apple slice.

The scent of the apple and spices will envelop you as you sip your delicious holiday drink.

Close up of a copper Moscow Mule mug with an apple garnish.

This Apple Cider Mule is a great cocktail recipe to make for your holiday parties.

Because of the fizzy nature of the ginger beer, you wouldn’t really want to batch these ahead of time.

But with each drink being so simple to make, you could easily serve them as your guests arrive. Or better yet, set out all the ingredients, along with the mugs, an ice bucket and a printed out recipe and let them make their own!

Set out a Snack Board and you’re party ready!

An Albertsons bag on a table next to a bottle of apple cider, a bottle of whiskey and a pack of ginger beer.

Shop for your holiday ingredients

It’s my go-to grocery store because they have a wide variety of items, from brand names to exclusive lines, to ensure that it’s a one-stop shop. And Albertsons also offers Grocery Delivery and DriveUp & Go™ for convenient ways to shop!

Albertsons offers high-quality products at an affordable price. And they recently were awarded 20 ‘Best New Product Awards’ from Store Brands publication.

From food and beverage categories to non-food items, Albertsons stood out among the hundreds of product entries that the editors had to evaluate.

Just in time for the holidays, these award-winning OWN Brands products can help you prepare for all of your entertaining.

Shop Albertsons award-winning exclusive brands like Signature SELECT™, Open Nature®, O Organics® in-store or online and at a value.

I shopped at Albertsons in my local area, but you can also find O Organics, Open Nature plant-based products and Signature SELECT at the Albertsons Companies family of stores including Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Randalls, Shaw’s Supermarket, Star Market and Tom Thumb.

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  • This Cranberry Vodka Slush is tart and wonderful. The color makes it a great party drink and the flavor is outstanding!
  • A Winter Daiquiri is a delicious way to enjoy spiced rum! With a little vanilla, this cocktail is great to sip during the holidays.
  • Rum and Ginger Beer is so super simple to make but has tons of flavor!!!
  • A classic Vodka Cranberry is a perfect drink for festive holiday gatherings.
  • This easy Vanilla Moscow Mule recipe is tasty and refreshing and perfect for any time of year!
Close up of an Apple Cider Mule in a copper mug.

Apple Cider Mule with Whiskey

With pie spice and ginger beer, this Apple Cider Mule with Whiskey is a perfect cocktail to serve for all your holiday celebrations.
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Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Calories: 199kcal
Servings: 1 serving



  • In a copper mug or other short cocktail glass, add fresh lime, apple cider, whiskey and pie spice.
  • Add ice then top with 2-3 oz. of ginger beer.
  • Stir
  • Top with an apple slice dusted with pie spice.


Do not use more than 2-3 oz. of ginger beer as it will overpower the other flavors. If you want to add more liquid to fill your mug, add more apple juice.
For more pronounced apple flavor you can look for a cold-pressed apple juice in the refrigerated juice section.
Don’t want to use maple syrup? You can substitute simple syrup, honey or a flavored simple syrup like this Vanilla Simple Syrup with Cinnamon.


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
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