Irish Mules are one of my favorite drinks, I love the spiciness of the ginger beer and Jameson Irish whiskey is my choice of hard liquor. So when Tory and I decided to make a signature Christmas cocktail, and were trading ideas on Pinterest this Holiday Mule immediately jumped out at me. But I had to make one important change, I traded the suggested gin or vodka for Irish whiskey.
Introducing Gravel & Dine’s Christmas Mule
One of the other reasons we made this is because it can easily be made alcohol free so everyone can enjoy it whether they are too young, can’t or don’t like to drink. Just omit the alcohol and you still have a festive drink.
The garnish is really fun. Squeeze the orange into the cocktail and use the sugared cranberries to swirl the drink around. When you drink the rosemary will act as an aromatic and make you think about Christmas.
Here’s what you need:
I’ll start by explaining how we made the sugared cranberry garnish.
First make a simple syrup with 2 cups sugar to 2 cups of water. Bring to a simmer, turn off and cool. Then pour over two cups of cranberries and let soak overnight.
Drain the cranberries and place on a baking sheet. Reserve the simple syrup, that should now have a pretty pink hue and a slight cranberry flavor for using in the drink. Do you like Tory’s pretty cranberry Christmas tree?
Allow the cranberries to sit until they dry slightly and become tacky. Pour sugar onto a plate and roll the cranberries on the sugar and place on a dry baking sheet.
Before I tell you how I mixed the drinks, I want to let you know that all my measurements on my drinks are sort of by feel. All the ones I made tasted good and that’s the most important part right?
To mix the drinks, fill a copper mug with ice. Add about 1-1/2 oz unsweetened cranberry juice.
About an once to 1-1/2 oz of the cranberry simple syrup. This is up to you depending on how sweet you want it to be.
Finally, add about 1-1/2 oz of the good stuff, the Jameson Irish Whiskey.
Top off with ginger beer.
Now garnish it with an orange slice and three sugared cranberries on a toothpick and a sprig of rosemary.
Cheers to a Merry Christmas!
- Sugared Cranberries:
- 1 c sugar
- 1 c water
- 2 c cranberries
- ½ c sugar for sugaring the cranberries
- 1-1/2 oz Unsweetened cranberry juice
- 1 to 1-1/2 oz simple syrup (reserved from sugared cranberries)
- 1-1/2 oz Jameson Irish whiskey
- 3 oz Ginger beer
- 1 rosemary spring
- 1 orange slice
- 3 sugared cranberries
- Start by making the sugared cranberries and cranberry simple syrup. Bring the sugar and water to a simmer until the sugar dissolves. Cool slightly. Pour over cranberries. Allow to sit overnight. Drain cranberries, reserving the simple syrup. Allow the cranberries to sit on a baking sheet until they become tacky. Roll the cranberries in sugar and place on a dry baking sheet.
- Now let’s mix the drink. Fill a copper mug with ice.
- Pour in the cranberry juice, simple syrup, whiskey, and ginger beer.
- Garnish with an orange slice and sugared cranberries on a cocktail toothpick. And a sprig of rosemary.