The holidays are rapidly approaching and that means gathering together with family and friends to celebrate the season and exchange gifts. Below you'll find an easy to make and easy to drink cocktail using some of our favorite holiday flavors. The Pickett's Medium Ginger Beer syrup adds a ginger kick balanced with citrus and sweet notes. The syrup stores in your fridge until you next use it and when mixed it makes up to 96 fl oz. Bittermens Elemakule Tiki bitters are full of the warm flavors of cinnamon and allspice. These pair with the spice of the ginger beer syrup mingle with the cranberry and orange for a refreshing and balanced cocktail.
Cranberry Orange Mule
2 oz Vodka -we used locally made Red E Vodka
1 1/2 oz Fresh Orange Juice
1 oz 100% Cranberry juice
2 droppers full (approx 15-20 drops) of Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters
orange wheel for garnish
In Ice filled cocktail shaker, add vodka, Pickett's ginger beer syrup, OJ, cranberry juice and Tiki bitters. Shake. Pour into Solid copper mug, top with seltzer water (approx 3 oz), garnish with orange wheel. Enjoy!
For 4 guests: 8 oz vodka, 4 oz ginger beer syrup, 6 oz OJ, 4 oz cranberry juice, 8 droppers full of Tiki bitters
-swap out the vodka for bourbon (my favorite way to drink a mule!)
-not a cranberry fan? eliminate the OJ and cranberry and substitute apple cider.
Why add bitters? Bitters are potent flavor enhancers, Adding bitters is a lot like adding herbs and spices when you're cooking. A recipe may be good on it's own but becomes great with the addition of flavors that compliment the ingredients.
A few dashes of drops add wonderful flavors and balance the cocktail. The sweetness from the oj, cranberry juice and ginger beer syrup is brought down a bit by the addition of bitters making it an even easier cocktail to sip on and enjoy.
Bittermens Elemakule Tiki bitters are a great addition to this particular cocktail because of how nicely the cinnamon and allspice compliment the ginger and orange.
As always, feel free to stop in the shop and ask to sample bitters. We're always happy to help you discover new ways to use cocktail ingredients and suggest new cocktails to try making at home.