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If ever there was a bubbly drink for fall... The soft sweetness of pear with ginger beer might be an obvious pairing along with typical autumnal spices. Still, adding peppercorns surprises your tongue when it expects only the flavors as mentioned earlier. The spicy hit is lovely and highlights the pear taste even more. You can make your mule spicy depending on the ginger beer you buy. If you like it subtle, use Canady Dry ginger ale. If you want a nose-clearing hit, use Reed's or Vernor's.

Notes: Vodka is Tito's.


Ingredients: 2 ounces vodka, 2 ounces pear juice, 2 ounces ginger beer, 1 tsp. honey or maple syrup, sliced pear, and a cinnamon stick. For the spice blend: 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, five whole cloves, 1/2 tsp. peppercorns.

Makes one mule.


Add cinnamon, cloves, and peppercorns to a mortar. Use the pestle to bash the cloves and peppercorns to a fine texture. Alternatively, place the spices into a sturdy (freezer) baggie and break them up with a rolling pin.

To a cocktail shaker, add a handful of ice, vodka, pear juice, honey, and half of the spice blend. Shake well.

Add ice to the top of a mule mug. Pour in the contents of the cocktail shaker. Top with ginger beer.

To garnish, sprinkle the top with the extra spice blend and drop in a pear and cinnamon stick.

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