Spiced Breeze:  Alcohol-Free Spiced Cranberry Pineapple Mule

This isn’t your ordinary fruity mocktail.  The warm baking spices running through this alcohol-free spiced cranberry pineapple mule adds real complexity and length to the drink.

Blending fruits from the north and south american continents creates a unique flavor of fruit punch that’s neither overtly tropical or berry-driven.  Refreshing and not too sweet, this is an unusual but noteworthy mule that is well-worth adding to your repertoire.

The cinnamon tea is an easy shortcut to imparting spice without needing to infuse cinnamon sticks into the juice (or add any extra sugar with a flavored simple syrup).

With no shaker required, this mocktail is a cinch to prepare.  It’s a great party option too: simply scale up the ingredients and mix in your serving jug or punch bowl.  Quick and easy.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. (30 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice (approx. 1 large lime)
  • 1.5 oz. (45 ml) cranberry juice
  • 1.5 oz. (45 ml) pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. (30 ml) cinnamon tea, cooled
  • 4 oz. (120 ml) ginger beer
  • Ice

To garnish:

  • Slice of lime
  • Small sprig of mint


Equipment

  • Jigger or measuring spoons
  • Citrus juicer
  • Cocktail spoon
  • Highball glass or copper mug

Instructions

  1. First, make the cinnamon tea.
  2. Pour just-boiled (not boiling) water over the tea bag and steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bag and leave to cool to room temperature.
  4. Next, assemble the mocktail.
  5. In a highball glass (or copper mug), add the freshly squeezed lime, cranberry juice, pineapple juice and cooled cinnamon tea.
  6. Fill the glass with ice and top with ginger beer.
  7. Garnish with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint.

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Alcohol-Free Spiced Cranberry Pineapple Mule FAQ

What is the purpose of the cinnamon tea in the Spiced Cranberry Pineapple Mule?
The cinnamon tea is an easy way to impart the warm, sweet spice of cinnamon into the mocktail without needing to infuse the flavor from cinnamon sticks.  Cinnamon compliments the tartness of the cranberry juice and sweetness of the pineapple juice for a unique flavor combination.

What type of glass should I use to serve the Spiced Cranberry Pineapple Mule?
Moscow Mules are typically served in copper mugs to keep the drink cooler for longer.  However, a highball glass would work just as well.

Can I use store-bought cranberry and pineapple juice instead of freshly squeezed?
Yes, I typically use store-bought cranberry and pineapple juice for this recipe.  Fresh juices would make the mocktail even more special, but are not necessary.

Can I make this mocktail ahead of time?
It’s best to make the drink right before serving to ensure that the ginger beer keeps its fizz and the ice doesn’t dilute the drink.  However, you could make the cinnamon tea in advance to speed up the assembly time.  Simply store the cooled tea in an airtight container in the fridge until you are ready to mix the drink.

Can I use a different type of tea instead of cinnamon tea?
The cinnamon tea is used to impart cooking spice into the mocktail.  You could experiment with other spiced teas such as chai for a slightly different flavor.

Can I substitute ginger ale for ginger beer?
Yes, you can substitute ginger ale for ginger beer but the character of the final mocktail will change a little.  Ginger beer tends to have a stronger ginger flavor and is slightly less sweet than ginger ale.

Can I make a large batch of the Spiced Cranberry Pineapple Mule for a party?
Yes, you can easily scale up the ingredients of this recipe to make a large batch for a crowd.  Simply mix all of the ingredients in a serving jug or punch bowl, and pour into glasses filled with ice and garnished with a little lime and mint.

Can I use frozen cranberries and pineapples instead of juice?
You could use frozen pineapple instead of juice, but it will require a little more preparation.  You’ll need to defrost the fruit and blend with a little water until you get the desired consistency.  To make the cranberry juice, you’ll need more than a blender.  Here’s a great recipe from Taste of Home that you could try.

Can I use a sweetener like honey or agave syrup in the mocktail?
I find that the cranberry, pineapple, and ginger beer are typically sweet enough.  However, if you prefer a sweeter mocktail, you can add any sweetener you like.

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