Winter Gin Mule

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Cocktail History

The Winter Gin Mule is a Sips From Scripts original cocktail that we created as a winter-inspired variation of our Holiday Gin Mule, a Christmas cocktail we shared in 2021. It was specifically made to use with Far North Spirits Solveig Anna’s Garden Gin, a limited edition spirit that is light blue in color, flavored with a unique blend of herbs, and sometimes released before springtime. In this recipe, the earthiness of the spirit is balanced by the sweetness of our homemade winter herb syrup, lime juice, and ginger beer.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Far North Spirits Solveig Anna’s Garden Gin: This is the base spirit. It’s a limited release gin made by local distiller Far North Spirits that features herbaceous dill, angelica, and lemon flavor. If you can’t find this specific gin, you could substitute another floral gin flavored with angelica; it just may not be blue. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Dry London Spirit in place of the gin.

Winter Herb Syrup: This is a sweetener made with rosemary leaves, thyme leaves, sage leaves, white sugar, gum Arabic powder, and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s sous vide recipe.

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors that balance out the other ingredients. We always use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Ginger Beer: This adds ginger beer flavor, stretches out the drink, and makes it lighter and more refreshing. We recommend using Q Mixers Ginger Beer to most closely replicate this recipe’s taste, but other ginger beers may work if you can’t find that brand.

Blue Curaçao: This is an orange-flavored liqueur made with citrus, sugar, spices, blue food coloring, and a neutral grain spirit. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Monin Non-Alcoholic Blue Curaçao Syrup in place of the liqueur.

Rosemary: This is one of the garnishes. It adds fragrant herbal aromas as you sip.

Cherry: This is the garnish. We prefer Luxardo Maraschino cherries.

Tasting Notes

The Winter Gin Mule features aromas of savory rosemary and floral botanicals and a taste that features ginger beer’s kick accented by sage, rosemary, and bright angelica along with a hint of lime to balance the sweetness. The aftertaste then leaves a lingering floral but woodsy note that tows the line between winter and spring moods.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Although its template is similar to our Christmas mule, this one couldn’t be more unique thanks to the gin and herbal syrup. We both though it tasted just as wonderful as it looked in our hands too.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This drink, served as a mid-winter take on our Holiday Gin Mule we shared a few months ago, essentially takes the same recipe but swaps out the gin and syrup to make a different combination. The result was a wild botanical ride, with all of the different winter herbs serving as accenting notes to the floral gin, and it has a gorgeous blue color from the gin thanks to a drop of blue curaçao. When topped with a cherry and rosemary sprig, it helps to make the cold dead of winter a bit more bearable with its tasty herbal flavors and refreshing ginger kick.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Our Holiday Gin Mule was my favorite Christmas cocktail of 2021, so I was really excited when Alex and I decided to create a winter-inspired version with a blue locally made gin from Far North Spirits. Although made with similar specs, this version is entirely different—much lighter and herbal without the same bitter bite the blackcurrant gin had. I can see this being even more palatable than the Christmas version, and the color is fun for this time of year.”

Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Far North Spirits Solveig Anna's Garden Gin
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 Ginger Beer
 1 dash Blue Curaçao
 1 Sprig Rosemary
 1 Cherry

Method
1

Add gin, winter herb syrup, lime juice, and 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 rosemary sprig and cherry.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Far North Spirits Solveig Anna's Garden Gin
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 Ginger Beer
 1 dash Blue Curaçao
 1 Sprig Rosemary
 1 Cherry

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, winter herb syrup, lime juice, and 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 rosemary sprig and cherry.

Winter Gin Mule

Make It a Mocktail: Use Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Dry London Spirit in place of the gin and Monin Non-Alcoholic Blue Curaçao Syrup in place of the liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Winter Cocktails

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

Winter Pimm's Cup Cocktail Recipe

Winter Pimm’s Cup: A Pimm’s liqueur cocktail made with lemon juice, simple syrup, ginger syrup, American lager, blood orange slices, cranberries, rosemary, and oregano

Winter Mojito Cocktail Recipe

Winter Mojito: A rum cocktail made with lime juice, winter herb syrup, soda water, a lime slice, and rosemary

Chartreuse Toddy Cocktail Recipe

Chartreuse Toddy: A brandy cocktail made with water, Green Chartreuse, lemon juice, honey syrup, and star anise

Frostbite Cocktail Recipe

Frostbite: A tequila cocktail made with blue curaçao, white crème de cacao, heavy cream, and a cherry

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