The mule is still A Thing in the cocktail world. It has been sharing the throne for the past few years with the Aperol Spritz, Old-Fashioned Negroni, and a few other classic drinks. But no one can argue that it’s been having a serious moment for a while.
What is a Mule?
A traditional mule is made from ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice. But I found myself a bit awash in prosecco during the holidays, and I was looking to make as many cocktails as I possibly could with my largess. So sparkling wine got added to the typical mule ingredients for fizz and a bit of sweet-tart flavor. We will just say it worked! And how. This is one of the best drinks I have made in a while. Beware how easily it goes down.
I didn’t have those cute copper mugs that mules are typically served in, so I went with other glasses. While the mugs are a-dorable, clear glasses afford you the ability to admire your drink from all sides.
What Kind of Oranges to Use in Champagne Mule
Blood oranges would be gorgeous in this drink, but If you don’t have blood oranges (I didn’t) you can surely use another kind of orange. Any kind of orange. I’ve been crushing on Sumo oranges lately – they are pricey, but just plain old delicious. Also think about clementines, navel oranges, and plain old juicing oranges. They will all lend slightly different flavors to the drink, and you can blend different orange juices if you like. Try and use fresh orange juice – it makes a big difference.
If you happen to have some ginger liqueur on hand, such as Domaine de Canton, Barrow’s, or Stirrings, you should definitely think about adding an ounce to the mix. It will add a bit more of a kick, both in terms of spiciness, and alcohol, and take this up a whole other level.
How to Make an Orange Champagne Mule
In each of two champagne glasses (bowls or flutes), combine the orange and lime juices, vodka, ginger beer, and then top with the sparkling wine.
Garnish with the orange slices and mint sprigs and serve chilled. Think about pairing this with Orange Cake for a lovely dessert moment!
Orange Champagne Mule: A citrusy, sparkling cocktail, perfect for brunch, pairing with appetizers, or just drinks with friends.Tweet This
Other Festive Cocktail Recipes:
- Blood Orange Pomegranate Screwdriver
- Orange White Wine Campari Sangria
- Pitcher Red Cocktail for the Holidays
- Frozen Pomegranate and Citrus Cocktail
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Orange Champagne Mule
- Juice of 1 orange
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 ounces (¼ cup) chilled vodka
- 4 ounces ( ½ cup) chilled ginger beer
- 4 ounces (½ cup) chilled champagne , prosecco or other sparkling wine
- Orange slices for garnish
- 2 large fresh mint sprigs
- In each of two champagne glasses (bowls or flutes), combine the orange and lime juices, vodka, ginger beer, and then top with the sparkling wine.
- Garnish with the orange slices and mint sprigs and serve chilled.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.