Mixology Monday: Prickly Pear Mule

So, we're going a little outside the box this month with Mixology Monday, because I randomly got gifted some prickly pear vodka and some prickly pear syrup, which begs the question: what the hell can you do with prickly pear vodka and prickly pear syrup? Well, for a start, prickly pear mules. I had one lonely can of Ginger Beer kicking around in the fridge and so, it seemed like a match made in heaven and this is what it ended up looking like this:

Ain't that pretty? I got to admit they look extremely striking. The first recipe I followed pretty strictly- and used 6 oz of ginger beer and I don't think it was quite enough-- the syrup was still kind of pronounced and well, syrupy- but the second one I cashed the ginger beer and not only was it well-balanced, but the syrup was constrained and the ginger wasn't going crazy either so it ended up being really nice.  Here's the recipe I adapted:
2 oz prickly pear vodka

1.2 oz prickly pear syrup

4-6 oz of ginger beer

lime wedges

Combine vodka and prickly pear syrup in an ice-filled shaker, pour into ice-filled glass, and squeeze a lime wedge into the glass, top off with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge.
Okay, some immediate differences: I used prickly pear vodka and not jalapeno-infused vodka and didn't bother with the lime juice or the lime wedges. (Because again, garnishes... eh.) All in all, this was a delightful and refreshing drink that will probably be more in my repertoire come warmer weather- whenever that shows up- hopefully soon. 10/10 would drink again because I don't mind the ginger beer and it's a pretty easy and delicious way to use both prickly pear vodka and prickly pear soda.


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