Cocktails, Entertaining, holiday

Putting a Fall Twist on a Classic: The Mule

IMG_8866It’s t-2 days until Turkey Day, you’ve got your shopping done, your menu planned, and your guest list finalized. You think to yourself, “What’s missing?” The answer: a great cocktail. Sure, wine is fantastic at Thanksgiving, but having a festive cocktail as an option only adds to the fun. Moscow mules are incredibly popular right now, so I decided to put a little spin on this classic cocktail to make it more seasonal. Plus, they are incredibly easy to make so you can get back to what’s important: being with your friends and family.

If you can get your hands on some copper mugs, do so. (They can be a little pricey, so here’s some reasonable ones here.) First of all, it’s half the fun of drinking a mule, but the copper apparently brings out the tangy-ness of the lime juice, as well as increases the amount of bubbles in your ginger beer. While Moscow mules are made with vodka, I switched that out with some Paddy Devil’s Apple Irish Whiskey. Normally, I wouldn’t go for flavored alcohol, but in this case, I figured it could only enhance the flavor I was aiming for.

IMG_8869First, you want to grab your mug and fill it with ice. Then, pour a shot and a half (1.5oz) of whiskey into your mug.

IMG_8870Next, the lime juice. You can use the juice from a fresh squeezed lime, however, for convenience’s sake, I like using Nellie & Joe’s Key West lime juice. This is pretty tart, so go for 3/4 of a shot.

IMG_8872Here is where I took more creative license with this cocktail. To give it more spice, I decided to add 2oz of apple cider. If you like honey crisp apples, you will love this cider!

IMG_8875After you’ve gotten all the previous ingredients in your mug, top it off with some ginger beer. In case you didn’t know, they make diet ginger beer, and that discovery has kind of changed my life. Alright, not exactly, but it has definitely enabled me to drink more mules than I might otherwise! Same yummy cocktail, much less calories and sugar? Yes, thank you!

IMG_8877Give everything a little stir to make sure it’s blended….

IMG_8879There you have it! A delicious, festive, and easy cocktail to make for your Thanksgiving dinner guests. Stick a fun straw in there with some apple slices if you’re feelin’ fancy, and you are ready to toast to a great day with your loved ones.

Apple Cinnamon Whiskey Mule:

1 1/2 Shots Paddy Devil’s Apple Irish Whiskey

3/4 oz fresh lime juice

2oz unfiltered apple cider

Ginger Beer

Combine all ingredients over ice in a copper mug, top with ginger beer, stir, and enjoy!

Thanks for reading, have a fantastic Thanksgiving! xo


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