Thanksgiving Cocktail: Honey Crisp Harvest Mule!

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We’re only two days away from Thanksgiving and I don’t know about you, but I am NEEDING this little escape of food, booze and loved ones right about now. I think we all do.

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While the food takes center stage on Turkey Day, we all know what’s really important while everyone’s waiting for that bird to roast…that Thanksgiving cocktail! But the key to keeping the host(ess) and everyone else happy is a crowd-pleasing pre-dinner drink that is simple to make.

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If the recent events I’ve created cocktails for here in Los Angeles have taught me anything, it’s that people LOVE a Moscow Mule variation. And this seasonal take on the mule makes it perfect for your Thanksgiving feast.

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I created this drink about a month back for the PixSweet launch party. And it all came about because both Our/Los Angeles Vodka and Bit by a Fox fave, Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur were generous enough to help sponsor the event. It was a match made in Moscow Mule heaven. Not to mention a merging of both of my Brooklyn and Los Angeles lives!

But the real seasonal kicker is the limited edition Trader Joe’s Honey Crisp Apple Cider. It’s unfiltered and with a tartness that makes it less sweet than regular apple cider. I’ve included both the Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur recipe as well as one made with ginger beer in the case that you are unable to get your mitts on Barrow’s. You can also batch this cocktail in pitchers so you don’t have to think about it and your guests can help themselves!

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Honey Crisp Harvest Mule – makes 1 drink
2 oz Honey Crisp Apple Cider
2 oz Vodka
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
4 oz Ginger Beer
or:
2 oz Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur
2 oz Seltzer

Fill a shaker with all of the ingredients except for ginger beer or seltzer. Shake until well chilled. Strain into an ice-filled copper mug or rocks glass. Top with ginger beer or seltzer. Stir.

Large Batch Honey Crisp Harvest Mule – makes 12-14 drinks
3 cups Honey Crisp Apple Cider
1 750 ml bottle Vodka
1 cup Lemon Juice
6 cups Ginger Beer
or
1 750 ml bottle Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur
3 cups Seltzer

Batch all ingredients in a large canister and stir. Serve over ice immediately.

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