The Moscow Mule is one of our favorite summer cocktails because it has the power to refresh weary souls with an eye-opening mix of zesty ginger beer, fresh lime juice and vodka. But it’s actually great for sipping year round, particularly in the fall when it can be customized with seasonal ingredients that pair particularly well with the spicy ginger beer. Here are five of the best fall ingredients you can incorporate into a Moscow Mule to instantly transform the summer staple into your new fall favorite.
Pears are an underrated fall fruit that forever live in the shadow of apples, so the Moscow Mule is a great way to put them in the spotlight. Make a pear simple syrup by mixing one cup of pear juice with one cup of sugar, and add a combo of your favorite baking spices like cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and allspice. Use an 1-1.5 ounces of syrup to spice up your Mule. Alternatively, you could muddle pear directly into the bottom of the mug and garnish with pear slices for a fruitier version. If you’re short on time or patience, try a high-quality, pear-flavored vodka like Absolut Pears or Grey Goose La Poire, or even a pear brandy.
Cranberry and Pomegranate
These juicy red berries are at their peak during the fall, so either would give the Moscow Mule a tangy burst of flavor. Real cranberries are tarter than the artificial cranberry juice found in most drinks, so only add an ounce of the natural juice for an extra sour Mule. Garnish with a skewer of whole cranberries, or spear them with a rosemary sprig for a seasonal aromatic. For a sweeter take, float a half ounce of PAMA Pomegranate liqueur or homemade grenadine on top, then sprinkle some pomegranate seeds on top of the drink for an easy, delectable garnish.
If the only three things that matter to you during fall are the letters PSL, you’ll love a pumpkin spice take on a Moscow Mule. Add an ounce of our homemade pumpkin spice syrup—which mixes real pumpkin puree with vanilla, brown sugar and baking spices like cinnamon, clove and nutmeg—and garnish with a cinnamon stick. The flavors will meld perfectly with ginger beer’s spicy notes for a Mule that tastes like liquid pumpkin pie.
Underrated figs are an excellent way to inject rich fall flavor into your Mule. Muddle figs straight into the mug, whip up a fig syrup or, our personal favorite, make a fig-infused vodka. Chop up a pound of fresh figs and add them to a Mason jar with two split vanilla beans and vodka. Infuse for about two weeks, strain out the figs and you’ll be left with a subtly fruity and nutty spirit that will take any Moscow Mule over the top. Whatever you choose, be sure to garnish with half a fresh fig and a sprig of thyme; the duo looks simply stunning atop a copper mug.
Hard Apple Cider
If you’re able to give up precious ginger beer and still call yourself a self-respecting Moscow Mule drinker, switch things up with a hard apple cider. A dry cider will still contribute the flavor of baking spices with a seasonal, fruity apple twist. If you’re missing that ginger heat, try muddling a slice of fresh ginger in addition to the hard cider to combine the best of both worlds. You could even make a salted caramel sauce to add to this concoction for a Halloween-ready drink that will taste like a caramel-covered candy apple.