Thanksgiving Series: Pomegranate Mule

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Hi everyone! We are so excited to announce the start of our Thanksgiving Series here on the blog. From now until Thanksgiving, we will be sharing our favorite Thanksgiving recipes, perfect for any gathering, big or small. Stressed about all your loved ones coming over for a feast? Don’t worry! We’ll walk you through dinner, dessert, and everything in between. Also, don’t forget to check out our Thanksgiving Series from last year, which includes melty mac and cheese, delectable pecan pie, and hearty green bean casserole. You also can search “Thanksgiving Series” on the search box to pull up all of our best Thanksgiving recipes in one place.

To kick off this year’s series, we’re showing you how to make an easy and festive cocktail, a Pomegranate Mule. Prepare these ahead of time and have them ready as your guests arrive for a fun and delicious Thanksgiving kickoff. This also gives your guests a chance to mix and mingle over drinks while you are busy in the kitchen!

I am a huge fan of traditional Moscow Mules, which usually include vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer. They have a hint of spice from the ginger beer which is the perfect complement to the sweetness and tartness of the lime. These mules mix things up with the addition of Sparkling Pomegranate Juice, which I found at Trader Joe’s. I also garnished them with fresh pomegranate seeds for a holiday-inspired appeal. Additionally, I added Old Fashioned Bitters (available at BevMo and many grocery stores) for a zesty kick. Cheers!

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Ingredients:

Makes one serving

  • 2 oz ginger beer (ginger ale will work fine if you cannot find the beer)
  • 2 oz Sparkling Pomegranate Juice (or regular Pomegranate juice)
  • 1.5 oz Grey Goose vodka
  • juice of 1/4 lime
  • 5-8 dashes of bitters, depending on your preference
  • fresh pomegranate seeds, for garnish

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Do not shake- simply stir with a spoon to combine. Pour over ice and garnish with pomegranate seeds and a lime wedge.

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Perfect Fall Cocktail: Boozy Apple Cider

Autumn is all about cozying up next to the fireplace on a brisk night, preferably with a cocktail and holiday music playing, of course. We love apple cider, and this week we use it as the base of the perfect fall cocktail. It is paired with the whiskey or bourbon of your choice, topped with a cinnamon sugar rim, and garnished with apples and a cinnamon stick. This cocktail is sure to make any fall dinner party (or cozy night in) complete. Also, all of the ingredients are vegan. Cheers!

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Ingredients (for one serving):

  • 2 oz. whiskey/bourbon, I used Maker’s Mark (Bulleit is also delicious)
  • 4 oz. apple cider
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  •  1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 orange, sliced into quarters
  • 1 apple, sliced thin
  • cinnamon sticks
  • Ice

Note: You will have enough of the cinnamon sugar mixture and orange to make about four drinks, so you don’t need to increase those quantities for each serving.

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First, mix the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Pour the mixture on a plate or shallow bowl large enough to fit the glass in. Run the orange around the rim of each glass leaving a bit of juice. Place the rim in the cinnamon sugar mixture until well coated.

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In a cocktail shaker, combine the whiskey, apple cider, and ice. Shake well. Pour into reserved glass.

Garnish with apple slices and a cinnamon stick. Turn on the holiday music and light the fireplace. Enjoy!

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