Pumpkin Pie Mule

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Cocktail History

The Pumpkin Pie Mule is a Sips From Scripts original cocktail that was created as an autumn variation of our Holiday Gin Mule, Winter Gin Mule, and Spring Gin Mule. The recipe pairs the classic’s usual ingredients, vodka, citrus, and ginger, with a pumpkin and baking spice-flavored simple syrup to give an iconic drink some fall flair.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Vanilla Vodka: This is a type of vodka made with vanilla pods, grains, vegetables or fruits, and alcohol. We used Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka because it has a tasty vanilla flavor and is affordable. For a mocktail version of this drink, try STRYKK Not Vanilla V*dka in place of the vanilla vodka.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup: This is a sweetener made with pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, brown sugar, white sugar, and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s sous vide recipe.

Lemon Juice: This is the liquid juice of a lemon. We used freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Ginger Beer: This is a carbonated beverage made with ginger spice, yeast, and sugar. We used Q Mixers Ginger Beer because it has a delicious ginger flavor that is sweetened with agave syrup.

Cinnamon Stick: This is a dried spice that has been rolled into a stick. We used cinnamon sticks from the bulk section at our local grocery store.

Bartending Tools

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following bar tools:

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Boston Shaker: This is used to shake ingredients. We used the Boston shaker from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Hawthorne Strainer: This is used to strain out ice and solid ingredients after the cocktail is shaken. We used the A Bar Above Hawthorne Strainer.

Paring Knife: This is used to cut ingredients. We used the OXO Good Grips 3.5 Inch Paring Knife.

Juicer: This is used to juice citrus. We used the ALEEHAI Manual Fruit Juicer.

Tasting Notes

The Pumpkin Pie Mule starts with strong aromas of baking spices and ginger, follows with a flavor that combines pumpkin, baking spices, and ginger heat, and finishes with a prominent ginger zing along with more seasonal spices.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We both thought this drink was incredibly pleasant since the flavors already mingled so naturally. Kendall even found the Pumpkin Pie Mule to probably be one of her favorites for the whole season.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Of the seasonal Mules we’ve come up with, this one is, in my opinion, one of the more interesting. The combination of ginger and pumpkin was a bit difficult for me at first, but as I got used to the flavors and started to embrace them, it got better and better. While the classic Moscow Mule uses lime, our R&D showed us right away that lime and pumpkin don’t mix well, so we used lemon and it turned out much better. This isn’t exactly pumpkin-spice-latte levels of sweetness and sugar, but it’s all the better for its subtlety.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Who doesn’t love a Mule? The combination of vodka, lime, and ginger beer is already iconic, so when you pair it with the quintessential flavors of fall baking spices, they become a natural (and delicious) fit, in my opinion. I’m actually not one who’s on the edge of her seat each August waiting for the Pumpkin Spice Lattes to drop the following month, but I really loved the pumpkin spice flavors in this drink. When mixed with spicy ginger beer, it becomes equivalent to drinking a dessert but in a refreshing way. I loved this cocktail.”

Recipe

AuthorSips From Scripts

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 2 oz Vanilla Vodka
 ¼ oz Lemon Juice
 4 oz Ginger Beer
 1 Cinnamon Stick

Method
1

Add vodka, pumpkin spice syrup, lemon juice, and cubed ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball glass over fresh crushed ice.

4

Top with ginger beer.

5

Garnish with cinnamon stick.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Vanilla Vodka
 ¼ oz Lemon Juice
 4 oz Ginger Beer
 1 Cinnamon Stick

Directions

Method
1

Add vodka, pumpkin spice syrup, lemon juice, and cubed ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a lowball glass over fresh crushed ice.

4

Top with ginger beer.

5

Garnish with cinnamon stick.

Pumpkin Pie Mule

Make It a Mocktail: Use STRYKK Not Vanilla V*dka in place of the vanilla vodka to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Autumn Cocktails

If you like this autumn-inspired cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

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