I love to mix up a signature drink when I entertain, and with the change of the seasons I’ve been adding to my cocktail repertoire with some fresh takes on classic recipes. Moscow mules are one of my favorite drinks for the fall, it’s a great in-between-drink when you’re done with summer but not quite ready to dive into the mulled wine territory. Moscow Mules have a bit of warmth and spice from the ginger beer and still feel crisp from the vodka and citrus. This version gets an extra boost of flavor from a homemade blackberry cardamom simple syrup, which smells just as good as it tastes from all of the fragrant flavor notes. Get the recipe below: 

Blackberry Cardamom Mule.
  • 1½ Cup of Water
  • 1¼ Cup of Sugar
  • ¾ Cup of Fresh Blackberries, plus more for garnish
  • 1 Tsp of Cardamom
  • ½ Tsp of Whole Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick, plus more for garnish
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Ginger Beer
  • Fresh Limes
  • Ice
  1. To make the blackberry cardamom syrup: combine water, sugar, blackberries, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a small saucepan and simmer for about 20 minutes until the syrup has reduced to about 1½ Cups. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a glass container or jar. Chill for at least 1 hour before using.
  2. To make the blackberry cardamom mule: fill a mule mug with ice then pour in 2 oz of vodka, ½ oz of the chilled blackberry cardamom syrup, and squeeze ¼ of a fresh lime. Top with approximately 4 oz of ginger beer and garnish with more fresh limes and cinnamon sticks before serving.