Looking for a fun new way to celebrate the arrival of Fall? This Pumpkin Spice Mule is the perfect, most refreshing way to cheers to the new season!
The ginger beer and vodka lend themselves perfectly to the 5-spice blend in this drink’s homemade pumpkin spice simple syrup. A wonderful combination of bold flavors that blend harmoniously to elevate your mule.
As an environmental scientist, I am always trying to find ways to make my own syrups and spice blends. Food preservatives, like pesticides, are harmful to the environment. They contain toxins that are harmful to plants, animals, and soil.
Homemade syrups and spice blends with all-natural ingredients allow you to avoid preservatives and lower your ecological footprint.
Plus, you don’t have to buy any extra pesky plastic containers! That’s why the star of this cocktail is my homemade pumpkin spice simple syrup!
Green tip: Despite recycling efforts, the sad truth is that only about 9% of plastics are recycled, leaving the rest to become microplastics.
Pumpkin Spice Mule Tips and Tricks
Gather Your Ingredients First
Here’s everything you’ll need:
You’ll Need A Frother
Aside from your three ingredients, I highly recommend a frother to integrate the pumpkin puree smoothly into your drink. I use this affordable milk frother with much success!
If you don’t have one, you can mix your vodka and pumpkin puree together in a cocktail shaker, or just use a whisk to mix well before adding your other cocktail ingredients.
Combine Your Pumpkin and Vodka First
We want to integrate the puree into the pumpkin as much as we can. That’s where that frother, cocktail mixer, or whisk comes in. Whatever tool you use, just make sure the puree and vodka mixture is smooth before moving on to the next step.
Add The Simple Syrup Next
Once your pumpkin puree and vodka are seamlessly combined, add your pumpkin spice simple syrup.
Make It Fancy!
The ice comes next! If you want to make your cocktail fancy like the one pictured, consider making this star anise ice!
Just place one piece of star anise in each ice mold, cover it with water, and freeze for at least 6 hours. Use this ice for your cocktails and iced coffee!
The star anise infuses that water that becomes the ice, so as the ice melts, the infused ice adds more fall flavor to your beverage!
Plus, it just looks cute. 😉
Whether you’re using fancy ice or not, add your ice after your simple syrup.
Top It With Ginger Beer
The fourth and final step to making this Pumpkin Spice Mule is to top it off with ginger beer. It gives this cocktail more spice and some crisp bubbles. I usually use Fever Tree or Bundaberg ginger beer, but use your fave!
Don’t Forget The Garnish
I love to use a cinnamon stick as both garnish and straw to elevate the cinnamon flavor in this cocktail!
It’ll add a super cinnamon-y aroma and enhance the whole experience with each sip!
What To Do With Extra Pumpkin Puree
Buying pumpkin puree usually means you’re getting it in a 15-ounce can, and unless you’re knocking these mules back with a bunch of friends, you won’t use the whole can for this drink.
The good news is, pumpkin puree will last 5-7 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Make sure to remove it from the can and put it in an airtight storage container.
Green tip: Did you know that of the billions of pounds of food wasted annually, it is estimated that 50% of it happens in our homes? It’s always best to avoid food waste as much as you can!
Then, you can make this cocktail or this Pumpkin Spice Margarita throughout the week!
Why You Should Make This Pumpkin Spice Mule
- It’s fun! Nothing like a classic cocktail with a fun twist.
- It’s complex! Fiery ginger beer, 5-spice pumpkin spice, and pumpkin all work together to create an unforgettable flavor.
- It’s festive. Cheers to Fall!