Cranberry Orange Yule Mule

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Cheers to you, my sweet friends, and these festive yuletide cocktails 

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Cranberry Orange Yule Mule 

this post does contain a recipe for an alcoholic beverage. please drink responsibly, especially during the holidays. as a healthy living blogger I like to practice balance and hold myself accountable to sharing my real life with you, which does include a cocktail or two. post contains affiliate links.

OK, I’ve got to admit it. Twist my arm and I’ll tell you – I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN this Holiday/Christmas season creating recipes for you all. And I’m shocked that that is actually a true statement. When I was planning for my first Christmas as a blogger, I hit full panic mode.


Festive Favorite Orange-Cran Moscow Mule

I started making my gift list in October, recipes were planned, emails were schemed up and I was turning my world upside down trying to figure out how I was going to create thoughtful & useful content for you, work full time, give my attention to my family, sell pies & pastries, attend every gathering and still have time to hug my sweet JMan.

You know what I did? I had a mental breakdown, and finally, I cut the crap & got real with myself for the first time in a long time. I stopped obsessing over my gift list, made decisions, and ordered everything online early. In reality, the reason behind the season has nothing to do with gifts, anyway. So why obsess? Wanna know what else? I decided to pass up on a few extra bucks and put aside the idea to sell my pies and pastries. Crazy right? Who turns down easy money during the holidays? You’re looking at her (well, you’re looking at a picture of me above, haha).

Festive & Fruity Moscow Mule

I honestly have no idea how or why I decided to write all of this today. The words started seeping out of me. I think I’m trying to tell you that it is OK to take a step back this Christmas. As much as we all sayyy that we’ll take time to rejoice in our families and the gifts the Lord has given us, the reality is, we tend to get caught up in the fuss. I certainly do.

I don’t like to give advice unless it is asked for (one of my pet peeves, to be honest) but I’ll simply tell you what I did this year. And, I’ll let you take it as you please. Here’s how I took a chill pill:

Bright & Cheery Moscow Mule

-I planned out what was really truly important to me accomplishment wise. I knew I wanted to do so much for all of you on this blog. I picked out the few things that would be the most helpful, like a Baking Cheat Sheet for my email subscribers, a few extra posts and working toward some awesome partnerships to give you more valuable content. I’m not launching my first e-cookbook, I’m not doing a workshop, and I’m not selling any baked goods. I did buck up and get the tasks done, but I cut the unrealistic stressors out of the equation.

-I figured out what was truly important Christmas-wise. I’m a Christian, so Christmas is by far my favorite time of year. I love the happy hubub, but I picked out the activities and acts that would bring the most joy. Nope, I’m not doing Christmas Cards, attending every party we were invited to, or buying gifts for every single person I know. I want to spend time and energy on those I love most.

-I started taking time to relax & practice gratitude. I wake up, and spend 10-20 mins reading my devotional and sipping coffee. A few weekends have been spent writing, baking & testing recipes. I skipped the gym one night to curl up in front of the Tree and write (while eating a cookie). And, I took a hot shower one Saturday, blew out my hair (brushing it a few times a week is an accomplishment), put on some lipstick and sipped on this Moscow Mule with a twist. Oh, and if you’re wondering, here’s the devotional I’ve been reading:

 

Not everyone likes to unwind with a drink now and then, but I do. Moscow Mules are one of my all time favorite cocktails, and I wanted to do a festive & simple twist. The cran-orange syrup is made with minimal sweetener – I used maple syrup. Hey gift idea- whip up a few batches of syrup & pair it with some ginger beer & vodka in a basket! Voila!

Let’s put a little jingle in your next family mingle 

Cranberry & Orange Infused Moscow Mule

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Fresh Cranberries (I’m sure frozen would work, too)

Orange Juice

A fresh Orange

Maple Syrup

Ginger Beer

Vodka

Ice

Optional – Rosemary

Moscow Mule with Cranberries & Orange
WHAT YOU’LL DO:

Start by adding the cranberries, water OJ & maple syrup into a saucepan on high. Bring the pot to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and let this reduce for about 15 mins. Strain this into a mason jar or container. Once done, place in the fridge or freezer for a bit until it is cool or at least room temp.

Holiday Moscow Mule - with a twist!

Place an orange slice and a handful of fresh cranberries into the bottom of a copper mug or glass. Muddle these by pressing down on the fruit so it bursts and releases extra flavor. Fill mug with ice, add 1 shot of vodka, 2 shots of cran-orange syrup and stir well. Top the glass with ginger beer. Stir again, and top with  more fresh cranberries, orange, and rosemary, if desired. Cheers!

xoxx & Merry Christmas,

Miss AK

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Cran-Orange Magic Mule

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Cranberry Orange Yule Mule
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Recipe type: Cocktails
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • For The Cran-Orange Syrup:
  • 12 oz of Water
  • 1.5 cups of Fresh Cranberries (I'm sure frozen would work, too)
  • 2 tbsp of Orange Juice
  • 1 tbsp of Maple Syrup
  • For the Mule
  • 2 shots of Cran-Orange Syrup
  • 1 bottle of Ginger Beer (you won't use it all)
  • 1 shot of Vodka
  • 1 cup (or so) of Ice
  • Optional - Rosemary
Instructions
  1. Start by adding the cranberries, water OJ & maple syrup into a saucepan on high.
  2. Bring the pot to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and let this reduce for about 15 mins.
  3. Strain this into a mason jar or container.
  4. Once done, place in the fridge or freezer for a bit until it is cool or at least room temp.
  5. Place an orange slice and a handful of fresh cranberries into the bottom of a copper mug or glass. Muddle these by pressing down on the fruit so it bursts and releases extra flavor.
  6. Fill mug with ice, add 1 shot of vodka, 2 shots of cran-orange syrup and stir well.
  7. Top the glass with ginger beer. Stir again, and top with more fresh cranberries, orange, and rosemary, if desired. Cheers!

 

 

16 Comments
  • jess larson | plays well with butter

    Reply

    yum. yum. yum. yum. yummmmmmmm!!! a good mule is hard to beat & i LOVE your wintery update (especially maple syrup – maple syrup in cocktails is my jam!). cheers!

    • Miss AK

      Right?? It just makes sense!

  • Giselle Rochford

    Reply

    So obsessed with how easy this is! Also, I’m usually the same when it comes to blogging. I get so many great ideas than work/worry myself into a mental breakdown and stop blogging for like a week. This year I just decided to make what I wanted to make without worrying so much about what I should make or having the great grand plan and it’s actually been working out really well for me so far 😀
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    • Miss AK

      It is FOR SURE working for you. I totally know what you mean. I always have one day a week where I’m like NO INSTAGRAM just not today haha. And then, by Monday, I’m back haha.

  • Katie

    Reply

    These are SO pretty and they sound super delish!! Love it!

    • Miss AK

      Thank you, Katie!

  • Aya @ A Healthy Story

    Reply

    These look AMAZING (and congrats again on the Buzzfeed feature!). Your photos are just drop dead gorgeous, I can’t stop obsessing over them.

    I love that you took the stress out of the equation this holiday season and figured out works for you. So inspiring!

    • Miss AK

      You’re so sweet! and back at ya! We can always count on you for the real-girl advice!

  • Britney @ Savour & Shine

    Reply

    There is SO MUCH truth in this post. Thank you for being so honest and open! And that devotional was what I asked for for Christmas {here’s hoping it’s in my stocking} 😉 xoxo Merry Christmas lady, so happy this blogging world brought us together!!
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    • Miss AK

      You will LOVE it! Lmk if you get it – it is really awesome.

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Reply

    It is okay to step back! I think people fall into 2 camps this time of year…crazy high energy chaos, or wanted and needing some rest and love! This lovely winter cocktail is a great place to start!

    • Miss AK

      Exactly! I think I fall somewhere in the middle, but it is important to recognize this!

  • Ashley @ The Small Town Foodie

    Reply

    I knew I wanted to be friends when we started chatting months ago & after reading this, can we please be friends?!? You’re such an awesome person & everything in this post spoke to me. I’ve been stressing big time & I’m learning to only commit to meaningful things & practice gratitude & time for myself. Keep doing amazing things!

    P.S. I loveee moscow mules
    P.P.S. Congrats about Buzzfeed 🙂

    • Miss AK

      YES WE CAN BE FRIENDS! Let’s for real plan a coffee date in 2017, maybe I’ll be heading north soon! And I’m like getting chills, I’m so glad it spoke to you! I think I actually need to re-read my own post today – haha! And back at ya babe, YOU’RE AWESOME! Merry Christmas!

  • Emily Winters

    Reply

    I love Moscow mules! Definitely trying this! Although I’ll probably take the easy way out and just squeeze some orange juice in there with 🙂 Thanks for the idea!

    • Miss AK

      There’s OJ in the cocktail syrup, too! 🙂

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