Spiced Caribbean Mule Cocktail
This easy Spiced Caribbean Mule Cocktail is made from scratch. Includes a homemade ginger simple syrup, ginger beer, lime and spiced rum.
This Spiced Caribbean Mule Cocktail recipe is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Don Q rum. All opinions are 100% mine.
Homemade cocktails are becoming an increasing interest of mine. While I enjoy trying out new craft cocktails at restaurants and bars, the homemade kind can be just as unique. Plus you get to experiment, while trying different spirits and flavor combinations. While you’re probably familiar with a Moscow Mule, the Caribbean Mule is a variation that may just become a new favorite. This Spiced Caribbean Mule Cocktail uses spiced rum as the base.
Moscow Mule, Caribbean Mule, Kentucky Mule…what the difference?
If you haven’t noticed, the regional name implies the alcohol. Moscow Mule uses vodka, Kentucky Mule uses bourbon, Mexican Mule uses tequila, and so on. Rum is used to make a Caribbean Mule. Spiced rum has a warm, comforting feel that’s perfect for fall season. Pair that with ginger beer for an accompanying spice and added sweetness, and you have a homemade cocktail perfect for winter nights or holiday entertaining.
It’s important to use a quality alcohol, even in mixed drinks. The flavors of the alcohol shine through and provides a balance. I recommend Don Q Spiced rum. It comes from one of America’s oldest family-owned businesses in Puerto Rico, with a rum making tradition that started in 1865.
Don Q Spiced is a premium rum with warm, radiant, and rich flavor profiles. There’s a medium to heavy texture that’s evident on the glass, similar to a quality wine. It’s oak barrel aged in a distillery that’s one of the most environmentally responsible and greenest in the spirits industry. They practice energy return and useful post-production materials.
Should I buy store-bought simple syrup or make my own?
Making a homemade Spiced Caribbean Mule Cocktail is easy, even for the novice mixologist. You can use store-bought simple syrup, or make you own. I prefer to make my own as you can infuse flavors while cooking. Adding a bit of fresh ginger creates even more punch. If you skip this step, keep in mind that not all ginger beers are created equal. A homemade ginger syrup allows you to control the flavor and sweetness of your Spiced Caribbean Mule Cocktail. Plus you can make extras and keep on hand for multiple drinks.
With only a handful of ingredients, look for a quality ginger beer as well. To make this Caribbean Mule, simply muddle fresh ginger and shake in a cocktail shaker with the spiced rum, lime juice and simple syrup. Strain and top with ginger beer for a classy at-home cocktail that’s full of spice.
Spiced Caribbean Mule Cocktail
Spiced Caribbean Mule Cocktail includes ginger simple syrup, ginger beer, lime and spiced rum.
- ½ cup filtered water
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 inch piece fresh ginger peeled and sliced
- 2 limes juiced
- 4 ounces Don Q Spiced Rum
- Crushed ice
- 4 ounces ginger beer
Note: Skip this step if you are using store-bought simple syrup. In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir together water, sugar and half of ginger. Cook 3-5 minutes, or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool (this will make extras for multiple drinks).
Muddle remaining ginger in a cocktail shaker and add 2-4 tablespoons simple syrup, lime juice and rum. Shake well, then strain into two copper mugs filled with crushed ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with lime wedge.