¼ cup/60 ml unflavored vodka
¼ cup/60 ml sweetened cranberry juice
2 Tbsp/30 ml fresh lime juice
¾ cup/180 ml a good spicy ginger beer
One lime wedge
- Pre-chill a copper mug with plenty of ice. Mix the vodka, cranberry juice, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Discard the ice from the mug, add a large ice cube and pour the liquid from the shaker into the mug. Top with the ginger beer, stir and garnish with the lime wedge. Serve immediately.
- You can use either sweetened or unsweetened cranberry juice; I prefer the sweet one.
- Make sure your ginger is spicy. Fever Tree and Bundaberg are my favorite brands; they pack a good flavor. Yes, you can make your ginger-flavored simple syrup, but this is an easy shortcut, so save the ginger for something else.
- Purists will insist on a copper mug for a mule, but I’ll admit that I’ve used ceramic mugs when I’m out of copper mugs. They work just as fine, and they hold the cold temperature nicely.