Hannah Drake

The Apple Jack Mule

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Just in the nick of time, I’m getting September’s Cocktail of the Month out! I’ve been looking forward to creating three—maybe more—autumnal cocktails since I first started this series earlier this year. And I’ve always known that I wanted to do something with apples for September. Ever since I started prioritising apple picking in the fall, I just associate apples with September. (It’s the best time to go!) Of course pumpkins are for October and I think cranberries are good for November because cranberries kind of bridge autumn and winter nicely. But pumpkin and cranberries are for later this season. Today is about apples!

THE APPLE JACK MULE

  • 1 oz Jack Daniels whiskey

  • 3 oz apple cider, warmed

  • 3 oz ginger beer, room temperature

  • cinnamon stick, to garnish

DIRECTIONS

Measure and warm apple cider. Add whiskey to copper mug. Once apple cider is warmed through (you should be able to see steam), add it to the mug. Top with ginger beer. Using a cocktail spoon, gently stir to mix. Garnish with one cinnamon stick.

If you are having trouble finding apple cider to purchase or would simply rather make your own, I highly recommend this recipe. It’s easily, delicious, and makes your house smell wonderful.

WHISKEY VS. WHISKY

Fun fact: whiskey and whisky shouldn’t be use interchangeably. There’s actually a difference between the two and it’s more than just the E, but it’s still fairly simple. It’s spelled without an E in Scotland. It’s spelling with an E in Ireland and America. Just check your bottle of Jameson (Irish) or Jack Daniels (American). Apparently we’re not into Scottish whisky in the Drake house because we don’t have any E-less whiskies in our bar.

There are other differences, too, of course, including:

  • The Distillation Process: Generally, Scottish and American whiskies are distilled twice, while Irish whiskies are distilled three times.

  • The Stills: In Ireland and in America, pot stills are often used, which are short, fat, large, and have a rounded base. In Scotland, a variety of stills are used, both in shape and size, which creates a variety of flavours in the whisky.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t include the fact that the oldest functioning distillery in Ireland is Bushmills, which opened in 1608, one year after the Jamestown settlement in what is now the United States. The oldest functioning distillery in Scotland is Glenturret, which opened in 1775, one year before the United States gained her independence from England. Still, the first distilleries in the United States opened in the late 18th century, seven of which remain (Bernheim, Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve). In neighbouring Tennessee, you’ll find George Dickel and our very own Jack Daniels, which was established in 1866.

HOW TO SERVE THIS COCKTAIL

Like any good Mule, it should be served in a copper mug. I really like it for these cocktails because 1) the copper has a good autumn aesthetic, and 2) the copper helps keep the cider warm.

While I do recommend investing in a good pair or set of copper mugs, if you don’t have any, you can opt for a regular mug, or, better yet, your favourite fall mug. But when you get a chance, do add some copper mugs to your home bar!

This cocktail is obviously quite easy to turn into a mocktail. In fact, sometimes when it’s particularly chilly outside, I’ll make it as a mocktail when I get some from work and just sit by the fire reading. It’s actual heaven! And just because I really prefer the mixture of the apple cider and ginger beer, I pretty much never have apple cider just by itself. It helps it last longer too!

APPLE JACK MULE MOCKTAIL

  • 3 oz apple cider, warmed

  • 3 oz ginger beer, room temperature

  • cinnamon stick, to garnish

DIRECTIONS

Measure and warm apple cider. Once apple cider is warmed through (you should be able to see steam), add it to the mug. Top with ginger beer. Using a cocktail spoon, gently stir to mix. Garnish with one cinnamon stick.

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