Holiday Apple Centerpiece and Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Create a fresh and festive holiday apple centerpiece for your dining table or buffet using a 2-tiered pedestal tray loaded with fresh apples, rosemary, sage, cinnamon sticks and cranberries. This centerpiece looks great along with the copper mules filled with sweet Apple Cider Moscow Mule which makes a tasty signature drink for any holiday gathering.

This post is sponsored by Envy Apples

HOLIDAY APPLE CENTERPIECE AND APPLE CIDER MOSCOW MULE

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends and lots of yummy food!

I am SO excited that the holiday season is finally here but I’ll be honest now that it’s really here I just want to hit the pause button so I soak up every minute of it. I just love this time of year but it always seems to go by so quickly. I remember when I was a kid and I asked my parents how many days until Christmas and 30 days would seem like forever! Not the case anymore! I see it with my kids now. When they asked Alexa how many days until Christmas and she said 30 they’re like Nooooo! That’s too long! That will take forever! And I’m like Noooo! Stop! Slow down! I don’t want it to go by so quickly plus I have so much to do!

HOLIDAY APPLE CENTERPIECE AND APPLE CIDER MOSCOW MULE

HOLIDAY APPLE CENTERPIECE AND APPLE CIDER MOSCOW MULE

I started decorating for Christmas weeks ago. Ok, maybe 2 weeks ago so not too bad. The funny thing is I’m still not done. Please tell me I’m not the only one that takes this long to decorate (aside from my mother!) The truth is that I only do a little here and there so that’s why it takes me a little longer but my plan is to be done by the end of the week so I can enjoy it the rest of the season. This past weekend Mr. Mother Thyme aka Clark Griswold even decked the halls outdoors so we are totally in a festive holiday spirit!

Speaking of decking the halls one thing I absolutely love this year is this holiday apple centerpiece I created for our dining table using fresh Envy apples, sprigs of rosemary, sage that I still had in the garden, cinnamon sticks and cranberries. Honestly it’s one of my favorite centerpieces I’ve created for the holidays. I’ve even use apples to make cute little candle holders. It’s such a simple project and really adds a extra special touch to any table or buffet. Simply trace around the top of the apple with a tea light then carefully cut it out. Scoop a little out and pop in a tea light. Easy peasy!

My apple loving family are obsessed with Envy apples!  That’s the hard thing about creating a centerpiece like this. I don’t want anyone to touch it. Try telling that to 7 year olds! Good thing I have bowl of these juicy apples to distract them!

HOLIDAY APPLE CENTERPIECE AND APPLE CIDER MOSCOW MULE

HOLIDAY APPLE CENTERPIECE AND APPLE CIDER MOSCOW MULE

Holiday Apple Centerpiece

  • 2-tiered pedestal stand (I got mine at a local shop. You can find similar ones at any store or Amazon)
  • A bunch of Envy apples (I used a dozen but you could use as many as you want)
  • Pinecones
  • Cinnamon sticks, sprigs of rosemary, sage and fresh cranberries for filler

Simply arrange on the stand and enjoy! I like to add the apples and pinecones first then tuck the filler in. Keep in mind that with using fresh rosemary and sage it will dry out after a few days.

HOLIDAY APPLE CENTERPIECE AND APPLE CIDER MOSCOW MULE

Envy Apples has jumped to the top of my list of apples. I can’t get enough of these! These tasty apples originated in New Zealand and now are also grown in Washington and Chile and offered almost year round!

Envy Apples

  • Sweet + Crunchy
  • Flesh stays white even after cut (They do! Perfect for cutting apple slices for my kiddos lunches!)
  • Stores well (but they won’t last long because you won’t be able to stop eating them!)
  • GMO free
  • A mix between a Braeburn and Royal Gala

Next time you’re at the grocery store and you see these I definitely encourage you to pick up a few and try them yourself! You’ll fall in love with these tasty apples like I did!

You can find out more about Envy Apples on their website HERE or stay connected with them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!

HOLIDAY APPLE CENTERPIECE AND APPLE CIDER MOSCOW MULE

Not only do these apples make a gorgeous centerpiece but they’re great to slice up to garnish in a festive holiday Apple Cider Moscow Mule. I love Moscow Mules mostly for the adorable copper mugs. Seriously! AND…because this drink can be for both adults and kids so everyone can partake in festive drink in a cute copper mug. Just omit the vodka for a kid-friendly beverage!

Honestly when I make Moscow Mules I rarely measure. A splash of this and a splash of that and voila! That’s kind of what I do for the Apple Cider Moscow Mule too. Fill a mug up with ice cubes then half the mug with apple cider (or give it an extra kick with hard apple cider for adults), then about a 1/3 more with Ginger Beer (which you can find in the soda section in most grocery stores.) I usually use Fever Tree or Reed’s but any will do. Then add a splash (or two) of vodka and give a it a stir. You can use regular vodka I just recommend using a good quality brand vodka. You could even use apple pie vodka or caramel vodka for a tasty twist! Now garnish it with slice of apple, a cinnamon stick and a few fresh cranberries. A sprig of rosemary wouldn’t hurt. And sip away my friends! Super easy and a fun drink anyone can enjoy!

HOLIDAY APPLE CENTERPIECE AND APPLE CIDER MOSCOW MULE

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HOLIDAY APPLE CENTERPIECE AND APPLE CIDER MOSCOW MULE

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Apple Cider Moscow Mule

  • Author: Jenn
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 24 ounces ginger beer
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish
  • Envy apple slice for garnish
  • 34 fresh cranberries for garnish
  • Ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Fill a copper mug with ice.
  2. Add vodka and apple cider.
  3. Top with ginger beer and give it a stir.
  4. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, apple slice and fresh cranberries.
  5. Serve immediately.

Notes

Omit the vodka for an alcohol free, kid-friendly drink.
Try caramel vodka or Pearl apple pie vodka for a for a tasty twist!

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Envy Apples. I received compensation in exchange for this post. I only work with brands that I personally use and enjoy. All opinions are as always 100% my own. Thanks for sponsoring the brands I work with! 

HOLIDAY APPLE CENTERPIECE AND APPLE CIDER MOSCOW MULE

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3 Comments

  1. I just decorated our place on Friday! I’m keeping it low key…low keyish this year since we have a little one now haha. I love your centerpiece!! It’s beautiful! I’ve never had a Moscow Mule but now I need one!!

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