With a little tweaking, any cocktail recipe can be tailored to your own creativity. I usually take a well-known classic recipe and change one or two ingredients at a time. After a few tries and careful experimentation you can come up with your own personal classic. No example of this is better than my very own: the Apple Mule. To start, the traditional Moscow Mule is as follows:
The Moscow Mule
- 1/2 oz fresh Lime Juice
- 2 oz Vodka
- approx 4 oz Cock’n’Bull Ginger Soda
- Copper mule mug full of ice.
Pour the Vodka, lime juice, and ice into your shaker. Shake vigorously, pour into the mule mug, and top with the Ginger Soda. Garnish with a lime slice if you want for aromatics and presentation, and serve with two cocktail straws. This is a very simple and tasty classic cocktail. The Moscow Mule is widely appealing and great at parties.
Now I change this up quite a bit for my own purposes. Instead of lime juice I use apple juice—preferably Martinelli’s—and I double the amount of juice to 1 ounce since it isn’t as strong as lime juice. Vodka and apple, not a natural partnership, so I change over to bourbon. I use Stranahan’s for this because it’s very strong flavored. To really bring out an excellent taste, I throw in some apple bitters that give it an apple pie edge.
The Apple Mule
- 1 oz Martinelli’s Apple Juice
- 2 oz Stranahan’s Whiskey
- 4 dashes Bar Keep Apple Bitters
- approx 4 oz Cock’n’Bull Ginger Beer
- Copper mule mug full of ice
Same thing here: pour the vodka, lime juice, and ice into your cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously, pour into the mule mug, and finally top with the Ginger Soda. An apple slice with a light dusting of fresh nutmeg on it can add to the aromatics and presentation of the drink. Unlike the Moscow Mule, there is no vodka, so this drink is inspired by it but not necessarily a traditional “Mule” per se.
Let me know in the comments if you have any of your own versions of the Mule. I’d be interested to hear any of your ideas or creations associated with these Mule style cocktails!