Macritchie Mule

There are two types of people in this world: Birthday people and not-Birthday people. I fall firmly in the first camp. Not because I think it’s important to celebrate Your Self or anything in that narcissistic vein. It’s because – and I’ve said this enough times – any excuse for a party is a worthy one.

I’m about to tell you about a take on a classic cocktail, but don’t freak out! I know that revamped recipes often involve complicated steps, obscure ingredients and the like, but I promise you this is achievable, impressive and delicious.

In honour of The Fifth Collection's Curator’s birthday, I’ve taken her favourite drink, the classic Moscow Mule, and given it a fresh, local spin. It’s the perfect refreshing drink for anyone in Singapore (or any other sweaty city) – thus, the Macritchie Mule, with an almost healthy bent. So sip away and celebrate!

Macritchie Mule

Makes one birthday girl or boy very happy

One (or two) 25-ml shot of vodka – I like Zubrowka here for its grassy flavour

One thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled

One big green chilli

Juice of one lime

Juice of one grapefruit, or 100ml grapefruit juice

2 teaspoons agave nectar

Sparkling water (or champagne!) to top up

With a fine grater, grate the ginger into a mixing glass. I like everything gingery, but if you don’t, just use less ginger. Slice the chilli into big diagonal slices and get rid of the seeds.

Add the vodka, lime juice, grapefruit juice and agave nectar, and stir to combine. Throw in two or three green chilli slices, and lightly muddle to get some spice going. Taste it and adjust to your liking.

Grab a pretty glass, fill with ice, and pour the cocktail over. Top up with soda water or champagne and garnish with a lime wedge and chilli slice.

This recipe first appeared on Page Five, as part of Kitchenhoarder's ongoing collaboration with luxury vintage haven The Fifth Collection.