And with this season, comes all the things. Yes, I am a white girl, but let’s be real: it’s not just a white girl’s favorite time of the year. IT’S EVERYBODY’S OKAY. And all of us here at Simply Seasoned are itching to share with you our recipes to enhance your autumn.

So, I’m sure you’re like me, and you laaaaahve all the flavors and spices of fall. Especially when a little alcohol is mixed in. I’m usually a beer drinker, occasionally whiskey, but one of my favorite cocktails is a Moscow mule. I’ll drink it traditionally (vodka), with tequila, or with whiskey. But I’ve never done a fall-inspired one. Kristyn suggested it, so I played around and it turned out SPECTACULAR. Brandy, cranberry, orange and star anise is what I ended up with. IT’S LIKE AUTUMN LEAVES DANCING IN YOUR MOUTH. Jk, that would be gross and moderately uncomfortable.

P.S. I know absolutely zero about brandy, so I just bought the middle-priced brand at the store. It’s called E&J Brandy. It tastes like brandy. So, we good.

P.P.S. I do not like pumpkin spice lattes.

P.P.P.S. I feel this is important to share, so to not fully pin me in the typical-white-girl-crazy-about-fall category. But I do love autumn. Just not enough I guess. Lol

You’ll need: Tumbler, muddle (or the bottom of a whisk, like I made work lol), copper mugs, preferably.

“Hello, Autumn” Mule
(I’m bad with names okay don’t scoff jeez.)

Autumn Mule

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Yield: 1 mule

You'll Need...

  • 1 oz. Cranberries, Fresh
  • 1 ea. Orange
  • 1 oz. Brandy
  • 1 tsp. Simple Syrup
  • Ginger beer
  • Cranberry juice
  • Star Anise, whole


  1. Cut the orange in half, using one to juice and the other to slice for garnish. Then start muddling/mashing a few cranberries and the squeezed orange juice in tumbler.
  2. Fill the copper mug with crushed ice. Pour the 1 ounce of Brandy into the tumbler, just to ensure all the mashed berries slide out into the mug.
  3. Add the simple syrup. Now, you’ll notice I didn’t list ratios on the last couple ingredients. Mostly because I believe these are all based on preference, as well as the simple syrup. I added a “splash” of cranberry juice and then topped it off with ginger ale to fill.
  4. Garnish with some whole cranberries, a slice of orange, and star anise. I let mine sit for a minute or so, stirring to let the anise permeate.

Additional Notes

Equipment you'll need: Tumbler, muddle (or the bottom of a whisk, like I made work lol), copper mugs, preferably.

IT’S SO CUTE RIGHT?! And it tastes cute, too.

And that’s it! Enjoy! And until next time, enjoy the weather finally cooling off and seeing pumpkins in too many places.

– Jen

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