Oh man, it’s been a crazy couple of days. After some sad family news, I took a last-minute trip to Ohio last week. Getting home on Saturday was a bit of a struggle, but eventually, I got home safe and sound. Since then I’ve been focused on taking care of my parents’ Chihuahua, relaxing, and starting to feel normal.
Normal right now, in large part, means working on various Christmas gift crafting. I’ve finished shopping, but oh, the wrapping and crafting! I have a lot of projects underway right now — more than most Christmas seasons even. (Many of these crafts occupy half-finished blog posts, never fear!) I love working on my various projects in the evening, but the work sure does go by more quickly with a drink in your hand.
Crafting with Cocktails
Enter the Cherry Mule. I started some cherry-infused vodka almost two years ago, and I’m ready to say goodbye to it. The cherry infusion “recipe” came from Eric: shove a bunch of halved frozen cherries into a bottle of Tito’s vodka and leave it in the dark for six months. Not terribly complex, but I was willing to give it a try. It’s important to know that I’m super impatient, so having to wait six months seemed somewhat silly and unreasonable to me.
When I sampled the vodka after one month, I understood the wait time. The cherries leeched out sugar and cherry overtones, but the base of the vodka was still very present, so it tasted remarkably of cough syrup. But we stuck with it and could enjoy it after, seriously, no less than nine months. I started adding it to lemonade and sangria and found it several nice homes.
But it’s time to say goodbye to the Cherry Vodka, and I’ve been in a ginger beer kick lately (thanks, Trader Joe’s!), so it seemed like the proper time to give a variation on a mule a whirl. The cherry smooths out the ginger a bit and plays oh-so-nicely with the squeeze of lime. Overall, the Cherry Mule is a cross between a Moscow Mule and a grown-up cherry limeade. It’s a terrific way to bid adieu to a perfectly pleasant infusion, and it makes craft time even sweeter!
- 1 1/2 oz. cherry-infused vodka
- 4 oz. ginger beer
- 1/2 oz. lime juice
- Lime wedge for garnish
- Fill a copper mug with ice and pour your measured vodka over it.
- Squeeze lime over vodka and ice.
- Fill mug with ginger beer and add lime wedge to garnish.
- To make cherry-infused vodka, take a fresh bottle of vodka and pour out one cup. Halve 1 cup frozen cherries and place these into the bottle. Store in a cool, dark place for 6 - 8 months, shaking regularly. Taste every few weeks and use when flavor has reached your ideal strength.