I wanted to come up with another Turkey Day cocktail and came across Ace Hard Pumpkin Cider while shopping out-n-about. I immediately thought of substituting the cider for ginger beer and recreating the classic Moscow Mule. I ended up adding Torani Pumpkin Pie Syrup, fresh grated nutmeg and an egg white based foam to fancy it up. The result is festive, delicious, elegant and not too difficult to make if you use the right tools. Cheers!
2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce Torani Pumpkin Pie Syrup
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1 egg white (1 ounce if using boxed pasteurized)
Ace Hard Pumpkin Cider
Fresh whole nutmeg
In an empty shaker combine vodka, syrup, lemon juice and egg white. Using a mini whisk, froth until foam develops a semi-firm consistency. Add ice and shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into a large martini style glass or coupe glass. Fill the remainder of the glass with chilled hard pumpkin cider. Finally, using a microplane or the small rough side of a cheese grater, shave the nutmeg onto the foam. The aromas from fresh whole nutmeg are very powerful so remember a little goes a long way. Cheers to you and your family! Happy Thanksgiving!