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Fiery Apple Cider Moscow Mules

Fiery Apple Cider Moscow Mules

Apple Cider, Fireball, Moscow Mules… This drink recipe combines the best of several worlds to make one amazing fall drink.

I’m generally not a real Fireball fan. I love cinnamon, but I am an absolute wimp when it comes to anything hot. My father on the other hand, who rarely drinks, considers this to be basically the best drink you can buy and always puts mini bottles in our Christmas stockings. As a result, my bar cabinet is full of tiny bottles of the fiery whisky.

One year while on vacation in Florida, my sister and I discovered a drink that combined Angry Orchard cider and Fireball. (Which, by the way, was appropriately named “Angry Balls”.) The sweetness really mellows and cuts the burn from the Fireball and you end up with a nice apple cinnamon flavored cocktail. I’ve been really into Moscow mules lately and thought why not try to combine the two?┬áIt worked out well and this drink gets two thumbs up from the cocktail science gods.

It’s super simple to make. Begin by filling your copper mug (or other cup) with ice. Pour 1.5 oz vodka and 1.5 oz Fireball over the ice. I tend to buy Tito’s Vodka most of the time. It’s a nice mid-range vodka that gives you great quality for the price. Fill the cup around 2/3 full with cider and top off with ginger beer and a little fresh squeeze of lime.

As you can see, I used regular apple cider. (I had an open bottle in the fridge that needed to be used up.) Another great type to use is sparkling cider. Either works great, but the sparkling cider will also give you a little extra crispness.

I stir mine up with a cinnamon stick and leave it for garnish. Apple slices are another cute garnish. To prevent them from oxidizing and turning brown, just give them a little coat of citrus juice after slicing.


Fiery Apple Cider Moscow Mules


  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • 1.5 oz Fireball
  • Apple Cider - Regular or Sparkling
  • Ginger Beer
  • Lime


  1. Fill copper mug or other cup with ice. Pour 1.5 oz of vodka and 1.5 oz Fireball over the ice. Add cider until the cup is approximately 2/3 full. Top with ginger beer and a little squeeze of fresh lime juice.
  2. Optional garnishes could include: lime wedges, apple slices, and cinnamon sticks.


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