Who’s ready for baseball? Today’s opening day of the season and when the folks at Templeton Rye asked if I’d like to create an All-American cocktail to toast the start of baseball season I thought “of course!” I always love an excuse to try new spirits and create new cocktails.
First, before I tell you about the cocktail I made, let me tell you a little about Templeton Rye. Since I’m not a whiskey connoisseur and wouldn’t be able to adequately describe what it tastes like, I had my husband do the taste testing. I poured him a shot and had him take a sip. His reaction was “WOW. That’s good!” He liked it a lot and described it as “smooth and clean with a nice warm aftertaste and doesn’t burn your nose.” Templeton describes the taste as a “dense mixture of spiciness with sweet undertones of dried fruit, toffee, and caramel.” Doesn’t that sound beautiful? My husband said he would enjoy sipping Templeton neat and he thought it would be fantastic in one of his favorite cocktails, a Manhattan, so if a mule cocktail with rye whiskey isn’t your thing, try some Templeton Rye straight up…or in a Manhattan. I think you’ll enjoy it.
Ok, so back to creating a cocktail with my new bottle of Templeton Rye. My mind was swirling with several ideas. I didn’t want to make the obvious Manhattan, Sazerac or Old Fashioned. I wanted to make something a bit more trendy and came up with this Templeton Mule. After all, the cocktail du jour is the “mule,” as in the Moscow Mule, right? Even though mule’s are typically made with vodka, I thought what the heck? Why not make a whiskey mule with Templeton Rye and see how it tastes? Who says a mule has to have vodka? Well I’m sure there’ll be someone who says it does, but just go with me here.
This Templeton Mule is a winner! Instead of using lime like a traditional mule, I used lemon. It seemed to be the right citrus to use. To make this whiskey mule a little more special I added some mint simple syrup which I thought was a PERFECT addition.
So, yeah, this Templeton Mule is a departure from a traditional mule but it works! It’s really delicious, refreshing and offers a nice change of pace that any novice whiskey drinking person (like me) as well as any whiskey aficionado will enjoy….especially while cheering on your favorite baseball team!Print
- 2 oz. Templeton Rye whiskey
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/2 oz. mint simple syrup
- 3 oz. ginger beer (I used Fever Tree)
- In cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine Templeton whiskey, lemon juice and mint simple syrup.
- Shake well.
- Pour over tall glass filled with ice (I used one of those really cool large round ice cubes), and top with ginger beer.
- Garnish with lemon slice, if desired
To make a mint simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup water with 1/2 cup sugar and a handful of mint leaves. Bring to boil to dissolve sugar, remove from heat and let cool. Strain and chill.