The Best Moscow Mule Recipe For The Fall

The Best Moscow Mule Recipe For Fall

The Harvest Mule, the best Moscow Mule recipe for the fall. An easy fall cocktail with only 3 ingredients that even makes a great Thanksgiving Cocktail

Fall Is The Time For The Best Apple Cocktails

But all the apples are in season! So, it’s time for a variant of my new favorite cocktail, which is really the perfect fall cocktail. We’ll be making what I call, The Harvest Mule. The recipe is super simple, just like Moscow Mule should be.

Moscow Mules Should Be Served In Copper Mugs!

Well we need to start this recipe where all cocktail recipes should begin, with a cup. In my opinion, it’s mandatory to serve a Moscow Mule in a copper mug. However mixing citrus and and copper is apparently toxic! According to a Washington Post article:

[blockquote_sty ver=”1″ border_size=”4px” color=”#0F0F0F”]An advisory bulletin from Iowa’s Alcoholic Beverages Division notes that, in keeping with Food and Drug Administration guidelines, copper should not come into contact with acidic foods with a pH below 6. That includes vinegar, fruit juice, wine and, yes, a traditional Moscow mule, whose pH is “well below 6.0.” the bulletin says.[/blockquote_sty]

[blockquote_sty ver=”1″ border_size=”4px” color=”#0F0F0F”]Symptoms of copper poisoning include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting and jaundice, according to the National Institutes of Health. “Sudden (acute) copper poisoning is rare,” NIH says. “However, serious health problems from long-term exposure to copper can occur. Severe poisoning can cause liver failure and death.”[/blockquote_sty]

The Best Moscow Mule Recipe For The Fall

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What’s The Best Ginger Beer For A Moscow Mule?

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Look, you can’t have a Mule without ginger beer. I once asked that question on Facebook and was almost murdered for it. So this recipe uses Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer. Why? Because, I want a good stiff drink and ginger beer should have some sort of alcohol in it, dammit!

The Best Moscow Mule Recipe! Now With Apple!

Now the next ingredient is what makes this a great fall cocktail – apple. I’ve seen variations of apple mules use apple pie vodka, sparkling apple juice, and hard apple cider. However this version uses Calvados, which is an apple brandy from the Normandy Region of France. I like using Calvados because it’s not too sweet and a good fall drink should be as crisp as the weather. Freeze it to keep it well chilled prior to mixing.

Aaaaaaaaaaand Vodka

Last but not least, let’s add some citron in there. After all, a mule needs a little bit of citrus to bring out the flavors in the beverage. So, we’ll add half a shot of citron vodka. Garnish with an apple slice. There you go, the best Moscow Mule recipe for the fall. Cheers!

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This recipe requires a little something special.  Here’s a list of what you will need:
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The Harvest Mule

Made with alcoholic ginger beer, calvados, and citron vodka, this cocktail is crisp, just like the autumn weather.
Author Matthew Cetta


  • 2 Ounce Calvados
  • 1 Ounce Citron Vodka
  • 3-6 Ounces Alcoholic Ginger Beer
  • 1 Apple Slice for Garnish
  • Ice


  1. Fill a copper mule mug 2/3 of the way with ice. Add Calvados and citron vodka. Top with alcoholic ginger beer and stir. Garnish with an apple slice.

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