Cran-Orange Gin-Gin Mule | Holiday Cocktail Recipe
A festive cocktail for the most festive time of year!
The holidays are the most festive time of year and they deserve a festive cocktail! This year, in addition to beer or wine, why not serve a signature cocktail at your holiday gatherings? Cran-Orange Gin-Gin Mules will be a welcomed addition. They’re as yummy as they are fun. And let’s face it… when Aunt Sylvia won’t stop talking about her cat and your brother gets ranting about politics… you’re going to need a cocktail!
Just like a traditional mule, a gin-gin mule includes ginger beer and lime juice. A traditional mule typically uses vodka whereas a gin-gin mule uses, you guessed it, gin! A gin-gin mule also incorporates fresh mint, which adds a refreshing note.
A classic gin-gin mule is pretty darn good, but it’s the holidays so we had to jazz it up! To add some holiday cheer, we added a cranberry simple syrup and muddled clementine oranges. Thus, the Cran-Orange Gin-Gin Mule was born!
The first thing you’ll notice about a Cran-Orange Gin-Gin Mule (other than its rich red color) is the aroma of mint. Heavenly! Take your first sip and if you weren’t already in the holiday spirit, your taste buds will get you there. The cranberry simple syrup is a nice balance between tart and sweet. The muddled clementines add a subtle citrus flavor. The ginger beer brings the fizz and adds a distinct gingery bite. The gin contributes its distinct juniper flavor that is even more beloved around this time of year. Basically, a Cran-Orange Gin-Gin Mule is like a holiday party for your mouth!
Cran-Orange Gin-Gin Mules have a beautiful red color so not a lot of garnish is needed to make these babies festive. A sprig of mint and an orange peel twist will do it. If you’re feeling particularly spirited, throw in a couple of whole cranberries too! It is the holidays after all, so go all out!
Cranberry Simple Syrup
- 1 bag fresh cranberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 4 ounces cranberry simple syrup
- 2 clementine orange wedges
- 4 ounces gin *choose a gin with a strong juniper flavor
- 4 ounces ginger beer
- 6 leaves mint
- 2 springs mint
- orange peel
- To make the cranberry simple syrup, bring water, sugar, and cranberries to a boil in a small saucepan. Boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
- Muddle orange wedges and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add 4 ounces of the cranberry simple syrup and gin. Shake for 20 seconds.
- Pour mixture into two ice-filled high ball glasses. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with orange peel and mint sprigs.
Cheers to the holidays!
What will you be sipping on this holiday season? Bonus points if it includes an item or two from the produce department!