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Craft Cocktail Video of the Week: the cranberry mule

The holidays, or any old Thursday, are the perfect time to make this easy to please, quick for a crowd, delicious mule. We love to whip one of these up after a holiday feast because we are terrified of waste and love the thrill (seriously, thrill!) or using up every leftover in the fridge in our own at home version of Food Network’s show “Chopped”, and this craft cocktail recipe is an excellent way to use up leftover cranberry sauce, jelly, or chutney from the holidays, but the drink is equally tasty any winter’s day.

As our Christmas gift to the interwebs, you can watch us make this cocktail on our newly dusted off Youtube channel here! We’re excited to be putting out recipe into video form as a fun way to share our love for garden to glass cocktails. We’ve been sharing recipes weekly with our instagram live followers and are now excited that everyone on the world wide web, including our blog subscribers (Join us, please!) will be able to watch us make cocktails on the farm, through youtube.

While you are watching, please keep in mind that we are very new to these videos and are making a very valiant effort to make these things shorter (haha!), but are fighting our strong nature of loving to hear ourselves talk and our complete inability to stay on course of a topic. We’re sisters, and we have a lot to say/disagree about, and we’re naturally loquacious!

These Cranberry Mule Cocktails are an absolute breeze to put together so they’re also perfect for those unexpected guests that tend to join your table during the holidays (some hate it, we tend to love it.) All of that said, our holidays were SO very busy and our unexpected guest count SO very frequently high (really, we will use any excuse to procrastinate…) that we’re just getting around to blogging about these cranberry mule cocktails now, in the first week of January.

Maybe you have a few extra cans of cranberry sauce haunting your pantry cupboards after every one of your family members thought to bring an extra “just in case.” Maybe, since it is January, and everyone is watching that Marie Kondo chick tidy up the world on Netflix and becoming obsessed with purging their own excessive household items (us included!), you want a reason to use up those cranberry cans.

Or maybe not- so let me say it again- you can make these anytime. Cranberry Mules are the perfect cold winter cocktail for when you grow tired of hot buttered rums and ski slopes and just want something refreshing to sip on wile you play board games and finish puzzles. Because that’s what you do in winter, right? Never endless piles of laundry or fence fixing in high winds, you sit around and drink cocktails and do puzzles. Right.

Thanksgiving Mule, a craft cocktail recipe

Note: a mule is a cocktail recipe featuring a combination of a base spirit (vodka for this one) and ginger beer, with a citrus component.

  • 1 tablespoon leftover canned cranberry sauce or your own homemade cranberry chutney
  • 2 dashes cardamom bitters like Scrappy’s or the Bitter Housewife
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 3 ounces of high quality ginger beer such as Timber City Ginger Beer
  • 1.5 ounces of voda like Heritage Distilling Batch 12 vodka

Muddle the cranberry sauce and cardamom bitters at the bottom of a glass (an Old Fashioned glass is fine, or a copper mug is preferred.) Add enough ice to fill the glass. Pour in vodka, followed by ginger beer, stir to combine. Squeeze in a wedge of lime over the glass, and garnish the glass with a lime wheel and frosted cranberries on a toothpick.

Happy drinking, friends! Please continue to tag us on Instagram and facebook when you make these so we can see your results! And if you are a blogger and want to collaborate, please let us know.

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The "glass" behind the garden to glass cocktails, Belinda is the owner of the Happy Camper Cocktail Company, bartender, recipe developer, younger sister and karaoke lover.

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