This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Albertsons. All opinions are 100% mine.
With pie spice and ginger beer, this Apple Cider Mule with Whiskey brings the holiday celebrations straight to your mouth.
Serve this easy cocktail recipe for Thanksgiving and Christmas and any other holiday gathering you have this year.
A delicious holiday 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 a notoriously easy cocktail to make and fun to modify to include seasonal flavors. (Doesn’t a Cranberry Mule sound tasty?!).
This Apple Mule skips the vodka, in favor of whiskey, to create a flavorful drink that is refreshing and comforting at the same time.
Shop for your holiday ingredients
I picked up my Apple Cider Moscow Mule ingredients at my local Albertsons store.
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.
How to make and Apple Cider Moscow Mule with Whiskey
The whiskey adds another layer of flavor that will help warm you up when the weather cools down.
This easy recipe needs only a few ingredients.
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 it’s quality and flavor.
Similarly, the Signature Select™ Tennessee Straight Whiskey offers a great liquor, for creating delicious craft cocktails, at a value.
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!
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.
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.
Add the whiskey to the mug.
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 in to 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!
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.
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.
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!
A quick stir to blend the flavors and your almost ready to start enjoying your cocktail.
The perfect garnish for this Apple Mule is a slice of green apple dusted with a little extra pie spice.
The scent of the apple and spices will envelope you as you sip your delicious holiday drink.
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!
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.
More holiday cocktails to try:
- A Spiced Pear Bellini is a large batch cocktail idea that is super celebratory and great for a crowd.
- 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.
- 1.5 oz. Signature SELECT Tennesee Straight Whiskey
- 2 oz. apple cider
- 1/2 oz. lime juice, fresh
- 2-3 oz. ginger beer
- 1/2 oz. pure maple syrup
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp pie spice
- green apple slice for garnish
- extra pie spice to garnish
- 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.
- 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.
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