Fallidays calls for Yuletime Mule-time

God Bless Charles. Sometimes I think God looked at Charles and said ” Let’s keep his youthful innocence in tact throughout his adulthood,” and it’s one of the reasons I fell in love with him. That being said, with youthful innocence comes zero tact filter. I just got told “Oh my GOD why are your elbows SO DRY?” To which I promptly responded, why the hell are you feeling up my elbows? So here I sit, blogging and having a cocktail and slathering my elbows in lotion. Good Lord.

I’m not sure about you all, but this past weekend was just what the doctor ordered. My husband and I went to the lake and did absolutely nothing. I mean it. Nothing. I pretty much stayed in pajamas, took a soak in the tub, watched the Razorbacks {it’s hard to be humble..}, cooked sloppy joes, drank mimosas, and listened to a lot of music on the patio. Let’s just clone that weekend & play it on repeat. Thankfully, I got some much needed rest after a few hectic months.

I’m not sure if it’s the weather causing me to have seasonal depression {not depression because it’s fall, more like depression because it’s NOT FALL YET}, or all of the traveling, or just life in general, but I have felt a bit..melancholy these past few weeks. Literally as soon as my head hits the pillow, I’m fast asleep. I have been taking naps. I haven’t wanted to get out much. I haven’t put too much effort into my appearance. I just haven’t been myself! Does anyone else out there have little spurts like this? I’m especially crabby when it’s cloudy outside for lengthy periods of time. If it’s not thunderstorming or snowing, get away from me, you pesky clouds. As soon as the sun comes out in most situations, I’m like let’s dance! Let’s play music! Be my friend, ily.

To help remove me from my slump, I thought I would share two Autumn Cocktail recipes with you. My thought process, albeit flawed, I’m sure, is that by drinking autumn drinks this week, we can will the autumnal weather our way.

I’m not sure if any of you are the same way, but I get into spurts where I obsess over certain drinks: sometimes if I get into a “wine phase,” I’ll drink wine for months. Sometimes, it’s beer. Currently, I’ve been obsessing over Moscow Mules. Have you jumped on the Moscow mule train yet? If you haven’t, here’s a few seasonal twists to a classic drink {and as an added bonus, mules have the same base no matter how you tweak them, so a lot of these ingredients you’ll already have on hand:

APPLE CIDER MOSCOW MULE

  • 1.5 oz vodka of your choosing {I choose Titos! Partly because it’s fun to say..and partly because whenever you order a Mule at a restaurant, they always offer you Titos..so I figure that’s legit..}
  • 2 oz. Apple Cider. You can buy the apple cider or you can make it yourself. If you make yours homemade….then congratulations, because you are officially better at life-ing than me.
  • Ginger Beer: Some people use ginger ale, which should theoretically work fine, but I don’t find that it’s gingery {is that a word?} enough for me in my mules. You can also use alcoholic or non-alcoholic ginger beer. You have options!
  • Lime juice: I use the juice of half a lime, because I don’t want it too tarte + sour, but some people need more lime to cut the ginger taste. Adapt as needed. I also use lime wedges for garnish.
  • Garnishes: I used cinnamon sticks + apple slices, and used a cinnamon sugar blend to make a cinnamon sugar rim. Get creative!

CRANBERRY MOSCOW MULE

  • 1.5 oz Vodka: We’ve been through this part already.
  • 2 oz. Cranberry Juice: You know, actually any cranberry blend would probably be good. I know the cran-apple is delicious {actually, I’m using cran-apple right now and cheating on the recipe..but regular cranberry juice will work perfectly as well!}
  • Ginger Beer – Once your other ingredients are added, fill to the top with ginger beer.
  • Garnishes: I chose a sugar rim, sugared cranberries, and rosemary {because I just think rosemary adds such a pretty touch, don’t you?}

I love my mules in a nice Copper Mug {you don’t have to break the bank, try a copper plated mug from Wal-mart!}, but stainless steel mugs or mint julep glasses add a great touch as well. I love making drinks like this for gatherings and get togethers, because they are easily converted into “big batch” cocktails. My only struggle is that now I have two cocktails that I need to drink. Wait, that’s really not a problem. I don’t know what I’m thinking.

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