It’s Cinco de Mayo tomorrow! Sounds like the perfect excuse to make a festive and spicy Mexican Mule Cocktail with jalapeno, fresh ginger, and pineapple! And boy do we have a lot to celebrate because Cinco de Mayo is more than just an excuse to drink tequila for us–it’s also our anniversary! This is us before we went out on the town to celebrate three great years!
We got married on May 5th, 2012. That means we’ve been married for three years. What? How did that even happen? Not to be too cheesy, but the time has flown by because we love each other, and we’re pals, and and we’ve been having the best time building our life together. We bought a house, took a European vacation, and STARTED A FOOD BLOG! Seriously, I’m the luckiest girl in the world and wouldn’t change a thing. I hope that over the next three years our blog will grow and mature just like our marriage. Thanks in advance for sticking with us and providing encouragement while we learn some of this as we go.
Variation On A Moscow Mule Cocktail
About this cocktail, it’s a a twist on the traditional Moscow Mule which features vodka, ginger beer, and lime. Other people have created the Mexican Mule by substituting tequila for the vodka. We wanted to take it up another level by adding some spiciness and fruitiness to this drink. That’s why we’ve added jalapeno, fresh ginger, and pineapple to the Oakhurst Kitchen version of the Mexican Mule. Of course you can leave out the jalapeno or fresh ginger if you aren’t into the spicy thing. But if you’ve never had a spicy cocktail before, you should try it–super fun.
Use A Muddler To Enhance Cocktail Flavor
In order to do a quick infusion of spice, we recommend muddling the jalapeno and fresh ginger slices in the pineapple and lime juices. Simply place the jalapeno and ginger slices in the bottom of a shaker, add the pineapple and lime juices and press with a muddler. The technique for muddling is more subtle than most people realize. Just push down and turn, don’t smash into a bunch of pieces. It usually only takes a few times of pushing down in order to release those flavors. Then you can strain the infused juice into a small bowl using a fine mesh strainer. This is to make sure there aren’t pieces of jalapeno or ginger in the drink, just their flavors!
And that was the hardest part, now you just get to combine the tequila and infused juice in a shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled and then pour into your ice-filled mugs. Top it off with the ginger ale or ginger beer and garnish with fresh pineapple slices if you want to be fancy! We used this awesome local ginger ale, Red Rock Ginger Ale , and find that it’s got a spicy kick that we were really looking for. Another great choice is Goya Ginger Beer . Both of these add enough spice to cut the sweetness and make for a super balanced cocktail. Let us know if you find another great ginger soda that works for you!
Hoping your Cinco de Mayo is a chance to enjoy some tequila, some chips and quacamole and some time with the people you love!
- 2 ounces tequila
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
- ½ ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
- fresh ginger, a total of 1.5 inches cut into 2 large pieces
- jalapeno pepper, 2 thin slices
- spicy ginger ale or ginger beer
- fresh pineapple slice, for garnish
- Place the jalapeno and ginger slices in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the pineapple and lime juices and gently muddle together. Then strain the infused juice into a small bowl using a fine mesh strainer.
- Combine the tequila and infused juice in the shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled and then pour into your ice-filled mugs.
- Top it off with the ginger ale and garnish with fresh pineapple slices.