Champagne Mule

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.

Orange Champagne Mule

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.  

Orange Champagne Mule

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.

Ginger Liqueuer

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, but take this up a whole other level.

Orange Champagne Mule

Orange Champagne Mule: A citrusy, sparkling cocktail, perfect for brunch, pairing with appetizers, or just drinks with friends.

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Orange Champagne Mule

A citrusy, sparkling cocktail, perfect for brunch, pairing with appetizers, or just drinks with friends.
Yield: 2 People
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes


  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) chilled vodka
  • 4 ounces ( ½ cup) chilled ginger beer
  • 4 ounces (1/2 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.

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