Recipe: Apple Cider Moscow Mule

This post was written before the election results. In the past 48 hours, my emotions have run the gamut from indescribable saddest; to anger and confusion; to fear for my friends, family and neighbors; and embarrassment for the awful decision our country made. As a distraction for how sad/confused/fearful I and so many people in this country are feeling right now, I've decided to post it anyway. Also, because we can use all the booze we can get right now. I encourage you to hold your love ones close, express your love and support to them, and try and stay strong.

I've made some recent (positive) changes to my life that I'm hoping I can stick to for more than just a week.

  1. I've been taking the train to work. I don't think this is saving me any money as of yet, but it's creating a way more enjoyable commute where I relax, zone out, read, and listen to podcasts. Also, this means I walk over a mile and a half in the morning (and sometimes home) and it's just been incredibly nice and makes me feel a lot less lazy. 
  2. Getting up earlier. Because of that morning walk, I've been getting out of bed earlier and not rushing around in the morning quite so much. In hopes that this habit will stick around, I had off on Monday and got up just as earlier just to keep my body getting used to it.
  3. Cooking more dinners at home. Last week we cooked at home a bunch (both together or just me throwing something together for myself). Monday I made dinner in the crockpot so feeling good about this week too.
  4. A better list system at work. I'm always trying to find the perfect list system for my to-do lists at work. Recently I designated a notebook to marking out each day and moving things that don't get done to the next day. My lists now serve two purposes: a list of what I need to do in a day, and a list of everything that was accomplished in a day.

All of this has nothing to do with cocktails. But I will say, that because of change 2 (and therefore 1), I spent my day off not only making this cocktail, but also another recipe that will be coming at you next week. I also did laundry, cleaned out our extra bedroom, vacuumed, made dinner, did tons and tons of dishes, and watched a bunch of episodes of Twin Peaks and The West Wing.

But let's dig into this simple cocktail. We're doing the whole "twist on a classic" things here with an apple cider moscow mule. Because I don't like dark liquor, I'm pickier with my fall and winter cocktails. And this hits all the right notes for me. I also like a drink that involves stirring rather than shaking. One less dish to wash.

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Makes one drink

4 oz apple cider
4 oz vodka
splash of ginger beer
one lime slice, optional but recommended
cinnamon stick, optional but recommended
apple slices, optional

Start by filling a copper mug 3/4 full with ice. Add apple cider and vodka to the mug and give it a good stir. Top the drink off with some ginger beer, juice your lime slice into the mug, and give it another quick stir. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and some apple slices.

This drink seems like a great opportunity to try out some flavor vodkas. Try making this drink with caramel or cinnamon vodka for a different drink!   

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