Fall Into National Vodka Day

Things to be happy about this week:
Fall is in full effect now that October is here with crisp weather {and cocktails}
Sunday is National Vodka Day -YAY! The perfect reason to celebrate both? This fall-inspired Moscow Mule using Smirnoff vodka!

Now before you get drinking, here’s a little drinking history about the delicious drink the Moscow Mule.

It all began, in 1941 as John Martin of Heubelin (now the Smirnoff Co.) searched for the right mixer that would give vodka a chance to stand out in a whiskey and bourbon dominated industry. That’s when he met a man with a ginger beer brand with similar challenges.

Together, they found a delicious combination of Smirnoff vodka, ginger beer and a spritz of lime and dubbed it the Moscow Mule. Soon popularity spread and by 1943 the Moscow Mule was one of the most popular cocktails nationwide opening up the chance for bartenders to experiment with other vodka cocktails and creations.

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Fall Fun Mule
2 ounces apple cinnamon vodka (use the infused recipe below using Smirnoff vodka)
6 ounces of ginger beer
Splash of ginger syrup (I love Lieber & Co.)
3 ounces of apple cider
Squeeze of fresh orange juice
Diced and cubed apples to garnish
Crushed ice
Moscow Mule mug

To make:
In your Moscow Mule mug: add the vodka, ginger beer, ginger syrup, apple cider, orange juice, and apple cubes. Crush ice.
Foodie Finder Tip: I love this Lewis bag from Cocktail Kingdom – you can put the ice in the canvas bag, and use the mallet to crush ice easily and mess-free.
Add the crushed ice to your mug, stir, sip, put on a cozy sweater and enjoy!

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Apple Cinnamon Vodka
Ingredients
1/2 bottle of Smirnoff Vodka
2 apples cored & cubed
2 cinnamon sticks
Quart-size Mason jar
Add the apples, vodka, and cinnamon sticks to the mason jar and top with vodka. Seal the lid, and let sit in a cool dark place for 2 days. When ready to use or serve, strain out the marinated fruit and cinnamon sticks, then strain the vodka through a cheese cloth before returning to the jar and mixing into your cocktails.

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