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Drink of the Week: tbt* Fast News Mule, a play on the Moscow Mule

The tbt* Fast News Mule uses whiskey, not vodka, and makes for a fine Florida winter cocktail.


The tbt* Fast News Mule uses whiskey, not vodka, and makes for a fine Florida winter cocktail.

A traditional Moscow Mule is made with vodka, ginger beer and lime juice and served over crushed ice in a copper mug. Our sister newspaper tbt* has created a take on the mule for a local event happening Saturday: the whiskey-based, pony express-inspired tbt* Fast News Mule. They share the recipe below. The high-quality whiskey, spicy ginger beer, sweet cranberry syrup and tart lime work seamlessly together to create a fantastic drink perfect for a Florida winter.

You can find the tbt* Fast News Mule on Saturday at the Ritz Ybor's Cocktails & Couture fashion and art extravaganza. For more information, visit

Scott Pollenz, Times staff writer


tbt* Fast News Mule


  • 2 ounces Maker's Mark Whisky
  • 6 ounces (½ can) Barritts Ginger Beer
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Fresh cranberries
  • ½ ounce spiced cranberry simple syrup
  • For the spiced cranberry simple syrup:
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 handful cinnamon sticks
  • 2 handfuls fresh cranberries


  1. Make the simple syrup: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring syrup to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce to medium heat. Simmer until cranberries soften and begin to pop, then mash them to incorporate their sweet juices into the syrup. Drain and cool. Set leftover cranberries aside for garnish.
  2. Make the drink: Combine all ingredients (with ½ ounce of the spiced cranberry simple syrup) in a copper mug and stir to combine. Fill mug with crushed ice and garnish with fresh cranberries and a lime wedge.
  3. Quick and dirty: Short on time, resources or cash for this drink? If so, these shortcuts will get you the base flavors without the hassle of standing over a simmering cranberry simple syrup. First, skip infusing the drink with cinnamon sticks by purchasing a cinnamon-flavored whiskey. (Helloooo, Fireball.) Re-create the cranberry simple syrup with sweetened cranberry juice; ginger ale can substitute for ginger beer, though you won't get as much spiciness. There's no reason to cheat on the fresh limes, which really elevate the drink.
Source: Scott Pollenz, Times

Drink of the Week: tbt* Fast News Mule, a play on the Moscow Mule 01/11/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 2:40pm]
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