A Refreshing Holiday Cocktail That’s Perfect Morning, Noon, and Night

One thing I love about the holidays is that there are no rules when it comes to imbibing. If you feel like having a boozy cocktail at brunch, you can toast the celebratory season without judgement. Likewise, if you want to have a potent after-dinner libation, you can say cheers to Christmas, Hanukkah, and everything in between. Times like these require a versatile drink recipe that can be sipped morning, noon, or night.

Luckily, our friends at Skyy have come up with the perfect libation: the Holiday Apple Mule. The company asked food blogger Ashley McLaughlin of Edible Perspective to come up with an easy and delicious recipe we can use throughout the month of December. Her concoction is a delightful mixture of sparkling apple juice, vodka, ginger cinnamon syrup, and lemon juice. Make a big batch of the syrup, and keep the rest of the ingredients on hand so you’ll always be ready to offer friends and family members a festive beverage when they stop by. Ready to raise a glass? Do so with this recipe. 


6 ounces SKYY vodka

18 ounces sparkling apple juice

3 tablespoons Ginger Cinnamon Simple Syrup (recipe follows)

1 ½ ounces fresh lemon juice, seeds strained

Splash of ginger beer

Lemon, cinnamon, and ginger, for garnish


Pour the sparkling apple juice, SKYY vodka, simple syrup, and lemon juice into a large drink shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Pour into glasses, top with a splash of ginger beer, garnish as desired, and serve immediately. Add ice to the glasses if desired.

Ginger Cinnamon Simple Syrup ingredients:

1/2 cup pure cane sugar

1/2 cup water

1 1/4 cups thinly sliced fresh ginger (skin on)

3 cinnamon sticks, broken in half


Place cane sugar and water in a small pot; stir together. Add the ginger and cinnamon sticks and stir again. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Stir; then reduce heat to simmer for 8-10 minutes. Stir every minute or so. Remove from the heat and let steep for at least 30-60 minutes. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a jar and refrigerate (lid off). Discard cinnamon and ginger. Once cool, secure with a lid. Store in the fridge for 3-4 weeks.

Pick up a limited-edition bottle of Skyy vodka, which has been wrapped in an adorable Fair Isle-knit sweater for the holiday season. 

What's your go-to cocktail recipe right now?