2015年11月30日

traditional Moscow Mule


The Cranberry Mule is a fun take on the more traditional Moscow Mule. Perfect as a Thanksgiving cocktail, this drink calls for cranberry, ginger beer and spiced rum, then is topped with sugared cranberries as garnish HKUE ENG.

The Cranberry Mule is a fun take on the more traditional Moscow Mule. Perfect as a Thanksgiving cocktail, this drink calls for cranberry, ginger beer and spiced rum, then is topped with sugared cranberries as garnish.

I drank my first Moscow Mule when I was on a photo assignment in Baton Rouge
, visiting a hole-in-the-wall bar that offered entirely too many fun cocktails.

I normally don’t drink when I’m working, but after photographing the owner of the establishment, he insisted I try something.

I asked what he recommended, and he said definitively, “The Moscow Mule.”

And so I was introduced to one of my favorite cocktails .

The Cranberry Mule is a fun take on the more traditional Moscow Mule. Perfect as a Thanksgiving cocktail, this drink calls for cranberry, ginger beer and spiced rum, then is topped with sugared cranberries as garnish.

Fast forward a year or two later, and I was in New Orleans having lunch with a friend at Sylvain. We both spotted Moscow Mules on the menu and made the executive decision: we were having a cocktail lunch. (Duh.)

When we mentioned these cocktails to our waiter, he asked if we like gin.

“Of course,” was my response. (Because, well, gin is delicious.)

My friend, Katherine, agreed.

And then he suggested getting the Moscow Mule with gin instead of vodka. And it was delightful.

The Cranberry Mule is a fun take on the more traditional Moscow Mule. Perfect as a Thanksgiving cocktail, this drink calls for cranberry, ginger beer and spiced rum, then is topped with sugared cranberries as garnish.

When I was thinking about drinks to make for Blogsgiving Dinner 2015 (more on this after the recipe!), I knew I wanted to use cranberries as the centerpiece. And while I brainstormed, I thought it would be really fun to do a Thanksgiving take on the Moscow Mule.

So I began tinkering.

I would keep the ginger beer, but instead of lime juice, I’d add unsweetened cranberry juice. To sweeten it up, I poured in some simple syrup. And then for the alcohol, I decided on spiced rum. Because spiced rum and cranberries go together quite marvelously.

To make this drink even more special, I made sugared cranberries as a garnish. (My pal, Ashley, whipped up some gorgeous spiced ones, and I used that as inspiration, even though mine don’t have additional spice.) And even though they’re certainly not necessary and add a lot of time to the total time of this cocktail, they’re a great addition.

Once the cranberries are made, the drink takes about 5 minutes to shake up and serve.


  


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