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Apple Cider Mocktail Mule

Apple Cider Mocktail Mule

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If autumn is the best season of all time (which we think it is), then this is its most sippable companion. From the classic apple tartness meshed with comforting maple sweetness to a surprising bite at the end that’ll make you question its zero-proof claim, this mocktail is one you’ll be making all season long.MORE+LESS-


oz apple cider, chilled (1/4 cup)


teaspoon real maple syrup


teaspoon apple cider vinegar


oz ginger beer, chilled (1/2 cup)

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    In a highball glass or a copper Moscow mule cup, mix apple cider, maple syrup and vinegar.

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    Stir to combine. Fill to the rim with ice. Top with ginger beer.

Expert Tips

  • A rose garnish made from an apple peel makes this drink feel extra fancy. To make an apple peel rose, use a vegetable peeler and peel an apple from the top to the bottom, keeping the peel in one continuous piece. Roll the peel up, and secure with a toothpick. Place on top of the cocktail in the glass. If that feels too swanky, an apple wedge on the rim of the glass works just as well.
  • Ginger beers differ in intensity from brand to brand, so make sure you taste your ginger beer before adding it to this drink.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: About 3/4 Cup
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;

Carbohydrate Choice

1 1/2

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Two Easy Fall Mocktails

This post is sponsored by NewAir. All opinions are my own.
Your favorite fall flavors in two easy mocktails! Apple Cider Mocktail and Sparkling Cinnamon Cranberry Mocktail. Which will be your fall favorite?

Apples, cranberries, and cinnamon all mean one thing, fall. A time for family, friends, and plenty of holidays and get-togethers. This year add a couple new drink options to the menu with these easy fall mocktails. Both drinks are 5 ingredients or less.

Did you know there is an ideal temperature to serve sodas? It’s generally considered to be 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Sodas, bottled waters, juices, and all our other favorite drinks can take up a lot of room in the refrigerator, which is why I was so excited to try this new beverage refrigerator from New Air. The fridge will actually cool beverages all the way down to 23 degrees, but has a range of 23-72F to preserve the flavor of every drink .

Not only are mocktails family friendly, but they are so easy to mix together. To get ready for fall I’m putting together two new fall mocktails, and everything I need to make them can be stored in my new beverage refrigerator.

Top 10 Refreshing Mocktail Recipes to Try this Christmas

It&rsquos time to renew our book of Mocktail recipes with something we hadn&rsquot tried before or wanted to try for a long time with Christmas coming soon.

Instead of using alcohol, use substitutes such as apple cider or soda and prepare one of these Mocktail recipes.

In this article, you will find ten amazing Mocktail recipes &ndash from the traditional drinks such as eggnog to your favorite bar cocktail, such as the Moscow Mule.

1. Non-Alcoholic Eggnog

Eggnog is surely one of the most beloved Christmas drinks, and there&rsquos a delicious version of it that doesn&rsquot include the rum. For this recipe, you need 6 eggs, 1 (14 oz.) can sweeten condensed milk, 1 t. vanilla extract, 1-quart milk, 1/3 pint heavy whipping cream, 1 pinch ground nutmeg, and 1 pinch salt. Serve the eggnog chilled and add inside the glass a candy cane to make it look more Christmas-y!

2. Cranberry Limeade Sparkling Mocktail

Can it get any more Christmas-y than this? This mocktail is ideal for everyone who loves cranberries because the taste is all about it! To prepare it, you need 5 ounces (half a container) frozen limeade concentrate, 64 ounces cranberry juice, a 2-liter bottle of lemon-lime soda, fresh cranberries, and lime slices for decoration of the drink.

3. Mango Bellini

If you&rsquore a fan of Bellini and you&rsquore wondering whether or not this drink will turn out well without the champagne, don&rsquot worry &ndash the sparkling apple cider is a great substitute! It will take you just two minutes to prepare it, and it&rsquos super budget-friendly, as all you need are only two ingredients &ndash 1 rounded tablespoon mango sorbet and 6 ounces sparkling apple cider.

4. Apple Pie Punch

Who said that apples are meant only for fall? They make a great ingredient in a punch, and that&rsquos exactly what we&rsquore recommending for your Christmas party. It&rsquos very easy to prepare this non &ndash alcoholic punch, as all you need, are the following ingredients &ndash 4 c ups a pple cider, 1 c up p ear nectar c an, 3 c ups g inger ale, and 1 a pple.

5. Chocolate Martini Mocktail

Chocolate martini? Yes, please! Perfect for dessert or just a drink during the day, this chocolate martini is going to satisfy the cravings of your sweet tooth. You need 1 cup cold milk, 1/4 cup best-quality chocolate syrup (plus more for dipping rims), 1 tbs corn syrup, and c rushed ice if you prefer. Make sure to dip the rims in chocolate sprinkles!

6. Moscow Mule Mocktail

Moscow Mule is one of the most popular cocktails and can be easily switched to non &ndash alcoholic. To prepare it at home, you need 1/2 cup ginger beer (although it is a beer, it is categorized as non &ndash alcoholic because it contains less than 0.5 percent of alcohol), 3 tbsp fresh lime juice, and 3 tbsp club soda.

7. Watermelon Bellini

We&rsquore back at the Bellini, except that this time instead of mango, we use watermelon. This one is also budget-friendly because you just need two ingredients to prepare it &ndash 1 cup watermelon and sparkling cider (for the alcoholic version, use champagne instead). The Bellini is ready in a few minutes!

8. Cherry Good Mulled Mocktail

This here is a great alternative for mulled wine lovers. However, instead of using mulled wine, you can use cherry juice instead. It&rsquos very easy to prepare it, and it&rsquos even easier to drink a few glasses! You need these ingredients &ndash 1-liter cherry juice, 1 sliced and zested orange, 7 whole cloves, 1tsp vanilla extract, 2 cinnamon sticks, and 1-star anise.

9. Pomegranate Cranberry Punch With Rosemary

Refreshing and Christmas-y at the same time, the pomegranate cranberry punch with rosemary not only tastes amazing, but it looks just as good as well! To prepare it, you just need four ingredients &ndash 4 cups pomegranate juice, 2 cups cranberry juice, 1 bunch of rosemary, and 8-10 drops Stevia to sweeten it.

10. Sparkling Mint Cranberry Mocktail

These look wonderful, right? Just by looking at the picture, we wished to prepare this mocktail right away! You can easily make it at home by using 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup chopped cranberries, 3-4 chopped fresh mint leaves, 2 tablespoons cream of coconut, 3 (12 ounces) cans of berry-flavored sparkling water, and mint leaves for garnish.

Sparkling Spiced Apple Cider Mocktail

I have the perfect last-minute cocktail to serve for Thanksgiving. Well, it’s a mocktail. But it can easily be made boozy, if you want!

Given that I’m pregnant, I am always on the hunt for a good mocktail. Luckily, they are a trend at restaurants and bars now (which was not so true my last pregnancy). I think it’s great. It’s awesome that places are being more sensitive to people who cannot or do not want to drink alcohol. Not everyone wants Coke, ya know?

I love it when I have that option when out to dinner, because one of my most favorite things ever is getting a fun cocktail to kick off a night of eating! A mocktail helps lessen the blow of not being able to do that at the moment.

Speaking of a night of eating, this mocktail/cocktail is ideal for serving to a crowd on Thanksgiving (or any other time, really). It’s full of fall flavors and tastes like a cozy dream. Plus, it makes a large batch, which can easily be adjusted based on your needs.

It starts with a spiced simple syrup. I take cinnamon, ginger, star anise, and honey and infuse them into a simple syrup that really takes this drink to the next level. It adds so much warmth and flavor! I definitely think it’s the game changer here. It makes this so much more than a glass of sparkling apple cider.

I like to serve this up in a punch bowl because that just screams FESTIVE to me. People just get excited about a punch bowl. Don’t have one? No sweat. Just mix this in a pitcher and serve!

Into the bowl goes the simple syrup, apple cider (get the good stuff), ginger beer, seltzer (orange is awesome!), and fresh fruit! I like a mix of apples, pomegranate arils, and frozen cranberries. Sliced pears or oranges would also be great here. The frozen cranberries keep things nice and cold, too. Throw in a couple cinnamon sticks and star anise and you’re good to go.

I like to make this ahead, chill it down in the fridge (right in the punch bowl), and then set it out with glasses. People can serve themselves and add ice if they like! If I really have my act together, I freeze some of the apple cider in an ice cube tray and add that to punch bowl just before serving.

Serving drinks like this in a large batch format is so great for parties or holiday gatherings. You mix it once and then set it and forget it! People serve themselves and you can go about your hosting business without having to mix individual cocktails all day long.

This drink is everything I love about this season. It’s sweet, spiced, effervescent, and totally festive. Plus, I find that MOST people love these flavors, so you’re guaranteed to have this entire bowl disappear.

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

A signature cocktail is a festive way to kick off a party and is a great opportunity to tie in the party theme. For my Fall Harvest Dinner Party, I decided to serve an Apple Cider Mule, which is a refreshing, seasonal fall cocktail that can be served in cute copper mugs. I made a large batch ahead of time that I placed in a pitcher so I could easily serve and re-fill throughout the party. See below for my Apple Cider Mule recipe.


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 oz ginger beer
  • 3 oz apple cider
  • Cinnamon stick and apple slice for garnish


Pour vodka, ginger beer and apple cider in a copper mug and stir. Add ice and garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 12 fl oz 1 x


Sparkling apple cider mocktail is a healthy, nonalcoholic festive drink you can mix up in minutes. This easy recipe is perfect for kids or for a crowd. The whole family will enjoy drinking this fun cold beverage at brunch, Thanksgiving, or at your next Christmas party. Bring some holiday cheer to your loved ones this year and serve this simple drink to them.

Mocktail Trend Using Shrubs

Cocktail trends are constantly changing, and among the newest of these is cocktails without alcohol. Yes, we said it, alcohol-free drinks! We know this may sound a little crazy but bear with us.

There are many reasons why this new mocktail trend is becoming so popular. Consumers today look for bars that have low or no-ABV drinks that are just as complex and sophisticated as their alcoholic counterparts.

Bartenders across the country are finding new and creative ways to make beverages that still represent a night out on the town, but one that’s healthy and won’t give you that dreaded morning-after hangover. And it’s not just about cutting out the alcohol altogether or simply replacing the alcohol with soda or sugar-filled juices.

It’s about finding dynamic ingredients that come together to make a delicious, complex cocktail, while keeping it alcohol-free. Many bartenders are mixing various berries, herbs, or spices to create drinks that mimic cocktails in both taste and boldness, like using fresh ginger and lime to create a mock-Moscow mule, or cranberries and fresh-squeezed oranges for a cosmopolitan.

Not sure how to do this? Let us give you one word to help—shrubs. Shrubs are an incredible way to keep your drinks exciting, unique, and flavorful without needing a ton of ingredients or any alcohol. With Anna’s Kitchen 100% organic shrubs, you can be confident that you’re serving your customers a bold and healthy drink with fresh and natural ingredients.

And our shrubs make concocting mocktails super easy! Because they’re made with a combination of fresh fruits, herbs, and spices, you don’t need many ingredients to create an impactful and delicious drink.

Here are a few of our favorite mocktail recipes to get you started:

Shrub Mock Mule

Mix together 4 oz of our Apple Cider Ginger Shrub, 4 oz of ginger beer and a squeeze of fresh lime. Pour over ice (in a copper mug, of course!) and serve.

Mock Shrubtini

Combine 4 oz of our Cranberry Mint Shrub and 4 oz of seltzer water and serve over ice.

Maiden Shrub

Pour 1 oz of Strawberry Lemon Thyme Shrub in the bottle of a champagne flute. Fill the glass with 5 oz of chilled sparkling white grape juice.

Banana Mockquiri

Add 2 oz of Banana Turmeric Shrub, 2 oz of pineapple juice, 2 oz of coconut milk, and blend with 1 cup of crushed ice. Pour in a glass and top with a tiny umbrella to finish it off.

Of course, this is only the beginning. The number of possibilities to create delicious mocktails with shrubs are endless. Don’t be afraid to experiment with out-of-the-box ingredients to play off those traditional cocktail flavors. Looking to test recipes at home first before bringing your creations to the bar? Buy our shrubs at various liquor stores or online now!

Handcrafted by Anna Scott in her own kitchen and manufactured locally in Rhode Island, Anna’s Kitchen Shrubs are made with certified organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and raw apple cider vinegar with the mother. Anna’s Kitchen Shrubs are offered in 5 unique, award-winning flavors and can be added to your cocktails, mocktails, salad dressings, marinades, sauces, or can simply act as a refreshing drinking vinegar.

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1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice, from about 9 lemons
1 3/4 cups sugar
8 cups coconut water
4 cups water
1/2 recipe Lavender Simple Syrup (see here for the recipe)

Place lemon juice, sugar, coconut water, and water into a pitcher and shake or stir vigorously until all the sugar is dissolved. Pour 1/2 of the lavender syrup into the pitcher and stir.

A Refreshing Autumn Mocktail with Moscow Muled

I have been craving Fall. I want cool breezes, crunchy leaves, apple, pumpkin, and cinnamon everything, and sweaters. So many sweaters.

However, it is currently sunny and 80 degrees in Seattle. So I’m dreaming of cooler days while clutching this icy autumn drink.

This mocktail (or cocktail, if you add a bit of bourbon) is the perfect match for a copper mule mug, and was made for the blog by the folks at Moscow Muled. I’m a sucker for a good drink vessel, and their copper mugs are some of the nicest I’ve seen. They’re handmade and lined with nickel, which makes them stronger and prevents you from ingesting copper while drinking your mule. Plus, they’re a great price point and I always feel warm and squishy supporting small businesses. They’ve hooked up Geeky Hostess readers–you can save 15% off your order with code “GEEKYHOSTESS” until September 29, 2019. Grab them at!

Once your mugs arrive, you can get started on this delicious drink. It’s like apple pie in a mug, but chilled enough to help you survive these last few days of summer.

Apple Mocktail Recipes

While I think these spiced apple drinks make perfect Christmas mocktails, they would also be perfect for any winter mocktail occasion!

  • Yes, apple cider is delicious, but give this Caramel Apple Mocktail a go from Savor the Flavour. It’s all that goodness and more!
  • Good Old Starbucks, they’ve really perfected the holiday drink market haven’t they? Well if you don’t have the time (or money) to schlep down there every day, try our Copycat Starbucks Apple Cider. It’s just as delicious for not even half the price.
  • This Apple Moscow Mule from BevMo has only 4 ingredients! Now that’s a drink. She’s so easy and of course can be naughty or nice, depending on the type of ginger beer/ ginger ale you decide to use.
  • Is Apple and Honey warm and cozy? or nice and refreshing? I can’t decide, but I love the complexity of this Apple and Honey Mocktail from Chai & Home. And when I say complexity of course I only mean the flavors cause this girl only has 4 ingredients too.
  • If you want to go a bit more “candy apple” for the kiddos, you have to check out this Creamy Apple Mock-tini from Play Dates to Parties. The main ingredient is Jones Green Apple Soda, how delicious does that sound?

So, we’re done, for now! Hopefully you’ve found some recipes to file in your recipe binder for years and years to come.

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