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Knock knock knock.
Hello, holiday revelers!
I’m about to knock your stockings off with a donkey kick to the palate with my Holiday Mule.
Do you know what a pomander is? It’s when you take an orange and shove cloves in its skin in a decorative way. We used to make them when I was a kid. Very aromatic. This was my inspiration for this beverage.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup whole cloves
- ginger beer**
- club soda
- orange bitters
Combine water, sugar, and cloves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer for 20 minutes. While that’s cooking, use a vegetable peeler to take the outer skin off the orange.
At the end of the 20 minutes, add the orange peel to the saucepan and remove from heat. Allow to steep and cool. Reserve a peel or two for garnish. Strain the solids out of the syrup once cool.
Fill your mule glass with ice. A traditional mule is copper with a handle. I found this ridiculously cute one at Pier One Imports.
To the ice add:
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce cooled clove-orange syrup
- 1 ounce fresh orange juice (if not using fresh, reduce to 1/2 ounce)
- 2 ounces ginger beer**
- 3 ounces club soda
- dash of orange bitters
**ginger beer has no alcohol. Make this kid and Designated Driver friendly by simply eliminating the vodka.
Swirl with a spoon to get everything happily married. Toss a reserved orange peel on top and chug-a-lug from that sweet copper mug!
I’m certain this will become one of your holiday staples.
Enjoy in moderation.
The Gentleman Caller