Jalapeño-Cucumber Mule: A new Twist on a Classic Cocktail
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MSG for 21+: If there’s one thing that I love about the summer season, it’s gathering with friends after a long work week over a cocktail or two. Now that we are well into the middle of summer, we’ve been taking advantage of the longer days to host friends at our place for cocktail hour. In all honesty, it’s one of the things we look forward to most, especially after a rather demanding week. One of the things that draws us to entertaining is the fun that goes into thinking up a cocktail that everyone will enjoy. We love taking our hack at classic cocktails and turning them into something fresh and new, which brings me to the Smirnoff Jalapeño-Cucumber Mule!
With a refreshing taste and spicy bite, this cocktail is sure to turn up the heat on the classic Moscow Mule. Seasonal ingredients of cucumber, lime, and jalapeño make this one craft cocktail you’ll be making again and again.
How To: Jalapeño-Cucumber Mule
- 1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka infused with cucumbers and jalapeños
- 3 oz Ginger Beer
- 0.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice (half squeeze)
- 1 jalapeño slice
- 1 cucumber slice
To kick things off, start by influsing Smirnoff* No. 21 Vodka with 10-20 sliced cucumbers and 1 diced jalapeños (seeds removed), around 30-45 mins (longer if you prefer additional kick). Once the vodka has been successfully infused, add 1.5 oz. into a copper mule mug. This is the best cup for a Moscow Mule, since the metal quickly takes on the icy temperature of the cocktail! Next, add 3 oz. of quality ginger beer. Top things off with a squeeze of fresh lime, stir, and top with crushed ice. For fun, garnish with 1 jalapeño and 1 cucumber slice.
Tip! Want to recreate fresh crushed ice, but don’t have an ice maker at home? Pick up a lewis bag and mallet. These tools are a must for cocktail fans, and require little to no effort, aside from a little elbow grease! The final product ends up resembling a snow-cone consistency and will help prevent the drinks from being watered down.
What craft cocktail would you shake up with Smirnoff? Share it with me in the comments below!
*SMIRNOFF No. 21 Vodka. Distilled From Grain. 40% Alc/Vol. The Smirnoff Co., Norwalk, CT.