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Apple Cider Mule Mocktail

5 from 3 votes
Time: 5 minutes
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This non alcoholic Apple Cider Mule is the perfect refreshing and spicy fall mocktail. It has flavors of apple, ginger, caramel, and cinnamon. There is seriously no better way to celebrate the fall season.

Want to know the best part? There are options to add zero proof spirits and non alcoholic bitters. They add an alcoholic like quality without the alcohol. You will have an even better apple cider mocktail without the buzz and hangover!

Love a good mule mocktail? Try my Moscow Mule Mocktail and Grapefruit Mule Mocktail. Check out my Loaded Fall Harvest Popcorn too. It is a great addition to this mocktail for parties and movie night.

Apple Cider Mocktail garnished with a cinnamon stick and slice of apple.

As the leaves start changing colors and the air turns crisp and cool, nothing satisfies quite like this fall mocktail! This Apple Cider Mule Mocktail is a perfectly balanced sip- sweet tartness from the apple cider, plus spicy ginger, a touch of caramel and cinnamon. The layers of flavor add coziness and simplicity that will make you keep coming back for more.

Reasons You’ll LOVE This Apple Cider Mule Mocktail

  • 3 simple ingredients (a few more if you include all the garnishes like I did).
  • Takes less than 5 minutes to mix up.
  • Garnished beautifully and perfect for celebrating at all your fall gatherings and holidays.
  • Options to add non alcoholic spirits and bitters.

Let’s Make Them Together- Quick 20 Second Tutorial Below:

What Is A Mocktail?

A mocktail is short for mock cocktail and they mimic alcoholic cocktails without the alcohol. Typically people think they are boring blends of fruit juices when it comes to mocktails, BUT with zero proof spirits and bitters they become a super fun option. Don’t feel overwhelmed (I give all my suggestions below).

Not to mention, non alcoholic drinks are something everyone can enjoy year round. Mocktails were made for those who don’t want to drink or can’t drink because of medical reasons, pregnant mommas, the sober curious, or designated drives. I prefer mocktails over alcoholic cocktails, and hope you grow to love them too!

two apple cider mule mocktails with slices of apple cinnamon sticks in copper mugs surrounded by crushed ice

Apple Cider Mule Mocktail Ingredients

This apple cider mocktail is 3 simple ingredients, plus a few fun garnishes. Keep reading for notes on each ingredient and potential substitutions.

  • Apple Cider: I recommend using a local farm apple cider, apple juice just does not cut it in this mocktail.
  • Tonic Water: Nothing is better than Fever Tree brand. You can also use neutral or flavored mineral water and club soda too. If you choose to add non alcoholic spirits, you can leave out the tonic water (suggestions below).
  • Ginger Beer: Again, I recommend Fever Tree because it has the best spicy ginger flavor in my opinion. Feel free to use your favorite brand.
  • Caramel Drizzle: I used Ghirardelli sauce, this is the type you put on your cold brew and ice cream because it is a thinner consistency. I found mine in the coffee aisle at the grocery store.
  • Cinnamon Sticks: Make sure you use food grade cinnamon sticks, and do not sub this out for ground cinnamon. It is not water soluble so it will just float on the top of your drink and impart no flavor into the mocktail.
  • Apple Slices: I like to throw these in my mocktail because it adds fresh apple flavor. It also becomes a delicious flavor bomb to eat when you are done drinking.
Ingredients for Apple Cider Mule Mocktail

Equipment Needed

  • Copper Mugs: To carry on the tradition, I like to serve my Moscow Mules in copper mugs (plus they seem to keep the mocktail colder longer). Feel free to use any drinkware if you do not have copper.
  • Stirrer: I love these long handled spoon/ stirrers for mocktails.
Two Apple Cider Mule Mocktails garnished with a cinnamon stick and slice of apple. More apples in the background.

Non Alcoholic Spirits For Your Apple Cider Mocktail

I absolutely love adding zero proof spirits to my mocktails because they taste almost identical to the real deal! They also add another level of complex flavor so it doesn’t taste like you’re drinking juice.

Remember to omit the tonic water if you choose to add non alcoholic spirits. Here are a few of my suggestions:

Non Alcoholic Vodka: A traditional Moscow Mule has vodka in it so you could easily add an ounce of non alcoholic vodka to this drink. I recommend trying ArkayStrykk, and CleanCo.

Non Alcoholic Bitters: This simple addition amps up any mocktail! My preference is to add a dash or two of All the Bitter aromatic bitters or orange bitters (You can get 10% off by using my code ENTIRELY10)!

Other Non Alcoholic Spirits: Options that would pair well are a deep bourbon or whiskey like American Malt from Lyre’s. I think Ritual Rum Alternative or Lyre’s Dark Cane Spirit would taste great too.

How to Make The BEST Apple Cider Mule Mocktail

This apple cider mocktail is so simple to make! Here’s a quick overview, the recipe card below will have complete details.

1. ADD apple cider and tonic water (or non alcoholic spirits) to a copper mug filled with ice. Top it off with ginger beer.

2. GARNISH with a drizzle of caramel sauce, stir with a cinnamon stick, and add an apple wedge. Serve!

Apple Cider Mule Mocktail

Tips For An Even Better Apple Cider Mocktail

Never substitute ginger ale for ginger beer. Ginger ale is too sweet and mellow for this apple cider mocktail. If you are wanting a more mild ginger flavor, I recommend adding more tonic water or apple cider to your drink.

Avoid watering down your mocktail by chilling the ingredients ahead of time. This means you will have a super cold mocktail without the added ice to water it down. If you like ice in your drink, just ignore this bit.

Make it a smoky mocktail with a cocktail smoker kit. I recommend this one from Aged & Charred (use my code ENTIRELY10 for 10% off your purchase) because it comes complete with multiple wood chips.

Shot of two mocktail mules in copper mugs

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Apple Cider Mule Mocktail garnished with a cinnamon stick and slice of apple.

Apple Cider Mule Mocktail

Elizabeth Swoish
Capture the essence of fall with this non alcoholic Apple Cider Mule Mocktail. It is a blend of apple cider, spicy ginger, warming cinnamon, and rich caramel. A refreshing yet cozy sip to celebrate the fall season.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Beverage
Servings 1 mocktail
Calories 181 kcal

EQUIPMENT

INGREDIENTS
 
 

INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • Place ice in a copper mug or glass of choice (if ingredients are not already chilled).
  • Add the apple cider and tonic water (or non alcoholic spirits). Top it off with ginger beer.
  • Drizzle caramel on top and stir well with a cinnamon stick.
  • Garnish with apple slices and serve.

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NOTES

Non Alcoholic Spirits For Your Apple Cider Mocktail

  • Non Alcoholic Vodka: A traditional Moscow Mule has vodka in it so you could easily add an ounce of non alcoholic vodka to this drink. I recommend trying ArkayStrykk, and CleanCo.
  • Non Alcoholic Bitters: This simple addition amps up any mocktail! My preference is to add a dash or two of All the Bitter aromatic bitters or orange bitters (You can get 10% off by using my code ENTIRELY10)!
  • Other Non Alcoholic Spirits: Options that would pair well are a deep bourbon or whiskey like American Malt from Lyre’s. I think Ritual Rum Alternative or Lyre’s Dark Cane Spirit would taste great too.
 

Make It A Smoky Mocktail 

with a cocktail smoker kit. I recommend this one from Aged & Charred (use my code ENTIRELY10 for 10% off your purchase) because it comes complete with multiple wood chips.

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By Elizabeth Swoish on October 11th, 2021
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Elizabeth Swoish is the founder and CEO of Entirely Elizabeth. She is a self-taught foodie and mocktail enthusiast with a business degree in data analysis. Learn more about her HERE or connect on your favorite social media channels.

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