Moscow Mule Monday!
I am totally making that a thing now with this delicious cherry rum mule and all the other delicious mule inspired recipes I have. Since it’s just about cherry season I figured it was only fair to start making cherry flavored and inspired cocktails.
This cocktails is equally delicious as it is beautiful. For this recipe you’ll need some fresh cherries – any variety will do – some white rum, lime juice, and ginger beer. Ginger beer is what makes this recipe what it is.
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What is a Cherry Rum Mule?
A Cherry Rum Mule is a playful and irresistible fusion of flavors. It’s our unique take on the classic Moscow Mule, injecting the zesty brightness of lime, the boldness of white rum, and the allure of ripe cherries into every sip.
And of course, ginger beer, the star of the show, gives it that signature kick. But why stop at ginger ale when you can enjoy the tangy ginger zing of real ginger beer?
Why You’ll Love this Recipe
Imagine sipping on a cocktail that mirrors the vivid hues of a summer sunset. The Cherry Rum Mule isn’t just a drink; it’s a sensory experience.
The tartness of cherries dances with the sharpness of lime, while the white rum adds a smooth, mellow note. All of this is amplified by the effervescence of ginger beer, making each sip a refreshing burst of flavor.
This unique elixir is as much about the taste as it is about the ambiance it creates – it’s a sip of sunshine in a glass.
To embark on your Cherry Rum Mule adventure, here’s what you’ll need:
- 4 ripe cherries (stems removed): These gems bring natural sweetness and a hint of tartness to the party.
- 2 oz white rum: Smooth and slightly sweet, white rum complements the fruitiness of cherries perfectly.
- 1/2 oz lime juice: The zingy lime juice adds a refreshing, citrusy punch.
- 3 oz ginger beer: The star of the show, ginger beer, delivers a spicy, effervescent kick.
Substitutions & Additions
Don’t fret if you can’t find all the exact ingredients – we’re all about creativity here! If necessary, you can make some substitutions:
- Cherries: If cherries aren’t in season, try other berries like raspberries or strawberries for a unique twist.
- White Rum: Dark rum can also work if you prefer a richer flavor.
- Ginger Beer vs. Ginger Ale: While ginger ale can substitute for ginger beer, keep in mind that ginger ale tends to be sweeter. Adjust the sweetness to your liking by adding a bit of sparkling water.
How to Make this Recipe
Start by adding your cherries and lime juice to the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Muddle fully to release all the cherry juice with a drink muddler or the end of a wooden spoon.
Add the white rum and fill the shaker 1/2 way with fresh ice. Cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds to fully incorporate the drink.
Strain into a copper mule cup or rocks glass filled with fresh ice and top with about 3-4 ounces of ginger beer. If you prefer no chunks of cherry at all, you can double strain to get more of them out but I’m not opposed to a few flecks of cherry floating around my drink.
Then garnish with a fresh lime wheel and cherry and your set to serve.
Cooking Tips & Tricks
- For a milder cocktail, use ginger ale instead of ginger beer.
- Make it a mocktail by skipping the rum – perfect for designated drivers and non-drinkers.
- Experiment with different fruit garnishes for added color and flavor – try lemon wheels, orange slices, or even a sprig of mint.
- Love it spicy? Infuse your ginger beer with slices of fresh ginger for an extra kick.
This vibrant drink is best enjoyed on a sun-drenched afternoon, ideally accompanied by good company and some tasty snacks. Pair it with a platter of fresh fruit, cheese, and light finger foods to elevate your summer soiree.
While the Cherry Rum Mule is best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the muddled cherry and lime mixture in advance and keep it chilled. When ready to serve, simply add the rum, ice, and ginger beer for a quick and refreshing pour.
Can I use frozen cherries instead of fresh ones? Absolutely! Frozen cherries work just as well and provide a convenient option year-round.
Can I make a batch of Cherry Rum Mule in advance for a party? While it’s best fresh, you can pre-muddle the cherries and lime juice and refrigerate. Shake with rum and ginger beer when guests arrive.
What’s the difference between ginger beer and ginger ale? Ginger beer has a spicier, more robust ginger flavor compared to the sweeter and milder taste of ginger ale.
The Cherry Rum Mule is the embodiment of summer in a glass. It’s a medley of bright, refreshing, and delightful flavors that dance on your palate. Whether you’re lounging by the pool, having a barbecue, or simply unwinding after a long day, this cocktail is your ticket to a sip of pure sunshine.
So, why wait?
Grab those cherries and let’s get muddling – your Cherry Rum Mule adventure begins now! Cheers to good times, great company, and unforgettable sips. 🍒🍹
Cherry Rum Mule
- 4 ripe cherries stems removed
- 2 oz white rum
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- 3 oz ginger beer
- In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add the cherries and lime juice. Muddle fully with the end of a wooden spoon or a drink muddler.
- Add rum and fill the shaker 1/2 way with ice. Cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Strain into a cocktail glass filled with fresh ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wheel and fresh cherry.