With fall comes apples and our annual trip to the apple orchards in Nebraska City with the grandparents. Home to Arbor Day Farms (founding group of Arbor Day) and home to a group of long time orchards that grow some fantastic apples. We spend the day there, taking the kids apple picking, watching the kids sneak bite of apples fresh off the tree, and enjoying a nice fall day. Of course anytime we are down at the orchards, we have to grab some of the fresh pressed apple cider, which always means it is officially fall at our house!
For this drink we combine caramel infused vodka and the apple cider to get a fresh caramel apple flavor to the classic Moscow Mule cocktail. The ginger beer works really well with the apple cider, giving just a hint of a spicy ginger hit to the sweet apple and caramel. Perfect for sipping around a fire-pit or enjoying with a warm bowl of apple crisp!
If you prefer to make your own caramel vodka, you can, instead of buying it off the shelf.
- 20 caramel candies
- 1 750 ml bottle of vodka
- pinch of sea salt
Either combine caramels and vodka in a large enough container, or 2, to hold the caramels and vodka. Or, you can pour out an ounce or 2 of the vodka and put the caramels into the bottle itself, you may have to cut them to do so. Shake the bottle or containers, and do so a few times a day for 3-4 days. When it is ready to go, strain through a coffee filter or cheesecloth to remove sediment. Add in a pinch of salt. Pour back into bottle.
- 1.5 oz caramel vodka
- 0.5 oz lime juice
- 3.5 oz apple cider
- 4 oz ginger beer (we prefer Crabbie's)
- Combine all in a copper mug with ice. Garnish with apple slice. Cheers!