Hard Cider Mule Recipe

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The Hard Cider Mule Recipe is, as you could probably guess, a take on the well-known Moscow Mule using Apple Cider. But did you know, the Mule cocktail doesn't originate from Moscow anyway? In fact, the famous Moscow Mule was actually invented in 1940s New York, and is sometimes pinned as the drink that ‘started it all’ in regards to the United States affiliation with vodka. Since then, the iconic copper-mugged cocktail has been much loved in many countries around the world.

This cocktail has a clever use of vodka: covering up its harsh bite with cider and citrus. As such, the kind of vodka you use doesn't matter all that much, so don’t worry too much about which vodka you need to use. Instead, put more thought into choosing a good, strong, not overly sweet ginger beer (not ginger ale). Make sure you use fresh lime juice, and yes, using a copper mug is preferred aesthetically, but a regular glass will do just fine. 

The mule is one of our top easy mixed drinks because here’s the thing: you can mix it all in a glass. No tiresome shaking required! The only thing you have to actually do is juice a lime. Pour it into the glass, and you’re good to go!

Prep time: 2 Minutes

Nutrition: 182 Calories

Servings: 1


  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) vodka
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) apple cider
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) fresh lime juice
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) ginger beer
  • For the garnish: lime wedge, thyme sprig or apple slice, sprinkle of cinnamon


  1. In a copper mug or glass, pour in the vodka, apple cider, and lime juice. Add the ginger beer.
  2. Add ice and garnish with a lime wedge and a thyme sprig or apple slice. If desired, sprinkle with a tiny hint of cinnamon. Serve immediately.

Category: Drinks | Cuisine: Cocktails

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