12 Drinks of Christmas 2016: Spiced Rum Mule Cocktail Recipe
It’s the time of the year for holiday decorations, twinkling lights, warm spices, and a rolling series of parties, gatherings, and celebrations. For the second year in a row, we’ll be adding to the festivities with twelve drinks to make all of those parties just a little merrier and brighter.
We start with a ginger and rum highball, an easy drinking cocktail that’ll add just the right amount of spice to your celebration. It’s simple to make, both in a single glass and by the pitcher, even while giving you the chance to impress your guests by spicing your own rum.
We’ve mentioned repeatedly just how firmly we stand against buying flavored vodkas. Why tie up all that money and shelf space in one, specific flavor when it’s easy enough to make it when you need it? We learned from the guys at W&P Design that buying spiced rum is just as unnecessary. It’s shockingly quick and easy to spice your own, adjusting your spices to your tastes and needs.
Spiced Rum Mule Cocktail Recipe
by the pitcher (serves 8)
- 2 cups aged rum
- 8 cups ginger beer–something with a good ginger kick, like Trader Joe’s Triple Ginger Brew
- 8 cinnamon sticks
- 2 Tablespoons cloves
- 30 minutes to 2 hours before the party, drop the cinnamon sticks and cloves into the rum, and simply let it rest so that the rum picks up the cinnamon and clove flavor.
- Just before the party, combine the spiced rum and ginger beer in a pitcher.
- Serve over ice in highball glasses.
by the glass
- 2 oz aged rum
- 4 oz ginger beer
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 or 3 cloves
- Add the rum, cinnamon stick, and cloves to a shaker, without ice. Shake for about 20 seconds.
- Add ice, and shake for another 20 seconds. That’s all you need for the rum to pick up the spice flavor.
- Pour into a highball glass.
- Fill with ice.
- Top with ginger beer