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Sweater Weather Pumpkin Spice Mule

on May 14, 2024
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A fun Fall twist on a classic favorite, this Pumpkin Spice Mule will be your new go-to sweater weather cocktail.
Grabbing a copper mug filled with a Fall-spiced mule.

Sweater Weather calls for pumpkin spice! And those cozy, warming Fall spices do not need to be limited to just coffee. This Pumpkin Spice Mule integrates those iconic Autumnal flavors into a classic mule for a fun new twist.

The ginger beer and vodka lend themselves perfectly to the 5-spice blend in this drink’s pumpkin spice simple syrup. A wonderful combination of bold flavors that blend harmoniously to elevate your mule and transform it into a delicious Fall pumpkin spice cocktail.

Close up of pumpkin spice mule in a copper mug.

As an environmental scientist, I am always trying to find ways to make my own syrups and spice blends. Food preservatives, like pesticides, are harmful to the environment because they contain toxins that are harmful to plants, animals, and soil.

Homemade syrups and spice blends with all-natural ingredients allow you to avoid preservatives and extra pesky plastic containers! That’s why the star of this cocktail is my homemade pumpkin spice simple syrup!

Green tip: Despite recycling efforts, the sad truth is that only about 9% of plastics are recycled, leaving the rest to become microplastics.

Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule Ingredients


Here’s everything you need:

overhead view of all ingredients for pumpkin spice mule - pumpkin puree, vodka, pumpkin spice simple syrup, ginger beer, lime juice

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mule Tips and Tricks


Use a Cocktail Shaker for Most of the Ingredients

A cocktail shaker is not typically used for a classic Moscow Mule, as you don’t want to shake the carbonated ginger beer.

However, since we want to ensure that we are integrating the pumpkin puree and evenly distributing the spices in the syrup, shaking is important in this recipe.

Add the vodka, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice simple syrup, and lime juice to the cocktail shaker with ice. Hold the ginger beer!

Shake the ingredients vigorously until well-combined and chilled.

Shaking up pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vodka and lime juice.

Top with Fizzy Ginger Beer

Once shaken, strain and pour into a copper mug with ice. Then, top it off with the ginger beer. I like to garnish with a cinnamon stick and lime wedge.

I use the cinnamon stick to stir the ginger beer into the mule.

Finishing pumpkin mule with ginger beer and garnishing with a lime wedge and cinnamon stick.

What To Do With Extra Pumpkin Puree

Buying pumpkin puree usually means you’re getting it in a 15-ounce can, and unless you’re knocking these mules back with a bunch of friends, you won’t use the whole can for this drink.

The good news is pumpkin puree will last 5-7 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Make sure to remove it from the can and put it in an airtight storage container.

Green tip: Did you know that of the billions of pounds of food wasted annually, it is estimated that 50% of it happens in our homes? It’s always best to avoid food waste as much as you can!

Then, you can use the leftovers to make more of these mules, this Pumpkin French Toast or Pumpkin Whipped Cream.

Fall Moscow Mule with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.

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Why You’ll Love this Moscow Mule with Pumpkin Spice


  • It’s unique. Fiery ginger beer, 5-spice pumpkin spice, and pumpkin all work together to create an unforgettable flavor.
  • It’s Fall forward. That iconic pumpkin spice flavor isn’t just for coffee, it brings Autumnal flavor to cocktails, too!

If you’re loving this Pumpkin Spice Mule and want more Fall drinks, check out this Pumpkin Spice Old Fashioned and Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate.

Grabbing a copper mug filled with a Fall-spiced mule.

Sweater Weather Pumpkin Spice Mule

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Marley Goldin
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A fun Fall twist on a classic favorite, this Pumpkin Spice Mule will be your new go-to sweater weather cocktail.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail

Equipment

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • ½ ounce pumpkin spice simple syrup (click to learn how to make your own)
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional for garnish)
  • 1 lime wedge (optional for garnish)
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Instructions
 

  • To a cocktail shaker with ice, add the vodka, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice simple syrup, and lime juice. Shake vigorously until well-combined.
  • Pour contents of shaker into a copper mug filled with ice.
  • Top with ginger beer, stir and garnish with a cinnamon stick and lime wedge. Enjoy cold!

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Course Cocktails
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, 5 Ingredients or Less, Easy, Happy Hour, Pumpkin Spice Mule, Quick, Vegan Cocktail
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