Mandarin Orange Mule

Mandarin Orange Mule

Mandarin Orange Mule

I’ve been a little slow to get on the Moscow Mule train, but here I am finally, posting a recipe for a Mandarin Orange Mule.  I’ll confess that I wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about, nor was I convinced that I needed a copper mug just for one particular drink.  Then I had a Moscow Mule at the Old Spaghetti Factory.  I was completely sold, even going so far as to track down a copper mug at World Market.

While I’m sure I’ll be making a traditional Moscow Mule (vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice) at some point soon, I thought I’d start with a variation on the theme.  I’m in full out citrus mode right now – tracking down all manners of citrus-y treats, including seedless mandarin oranges.  I decided a Mandarin Orange Mule would be a festive drink this time of year, to sip while listening to Pink Martini’s holiday album and admiring the Christmas tree.

On a side note, we’ve managed to make it to December 9 without Christmas tree catastrophe, which is amazing given that the cats have been chewing on it (it’s a fake tree – not sure what the appeal is) and Daisy has been wagging her tail every time she gets near it.  Maybe I just need a Mandarin Orange Mule to soothe my nerves this time of year as I wait for Christmas tree catastrophe to occur.

Whatever the reason, this is well worth making.  These would be lovely at a holiday party or maybe served on the side of a date night meal.

Mandarin Orange Mule

Mandarin Orange Mule

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • Juice from 3 mandarin oranges
  • Mandarin orange slice to garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a copper mug. Add ice and garnish with slices of a mandarin orange. Enjoy!
  2. Serves 1
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