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“Sugar mules are such mules as are sold in the mule markets to be taken to the sugar plantations of Georgia, Louisiana and other Southern States for agricultural purposes.  They are larger, taller, heavier boned, and usually of more quality and finish than cotton mules.”


Reprinted from the 1930 instructional pamphlet for the International Correspondence Schools via the Small Farm Journal, Lynn R. Miller, ed., Winter, Vol.21, No. 1, 325 Barclay Rd., Sisters, OR  97759.


Main Entry: 1 mule

Pronunciation: 'myü(&)l

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French mul, from Latin mulus

Date: 13th century

1 a : a hybrid between a horse and a donkey; especially : the offspring of a male donkey and a mare b : a self-sterile plant whether hybrid or not c : a usually sterile hybrid

2 : a very stubborn person

3 : a machine for simultaneously drawing and twisting fiber into yarn or thread and winding it into cops

4 slang : a person who smuggles or delivers illicit drugs


Main Entry: 2 mule

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle French, a kind of slipper, from Latin mulleus shoe worn by magistrates

Date: 1562

: a shoe or slipper without quarter or heel strap -- compare SCUFF


Main Entry: 1 sug·ar

Pronunciation: 'shu-g&r

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English sugre, sucre, from Middle French sucre, from Medieval Latin zuccarum, from Old Italian zucchero, from Arabic sukkar, from Persian shakar, from Skt sarkarA; akin to Sanskrit sarkara pebble -- more at CROCODILE

Date: 14th century

1 a : a sweet crystallizable material that consists wholly or essentially of sucrose, is colorless or white when pure tending to brown when less refined, is obtained commercially from sugarcane or sugar beet and less extensively from sorghum, maples, and palms, and is important as a source of dietary carbohydrate and as a sweetener and preservative of other foods b : any of various water-soluble compounds that vary widely in sweetness and include the oligosaccharides (as sucrose)

2 : a unit (as a spoonful, cube, or lump) of sugar

3 : a sugar bowl

4 : love or sweetness of affection

5 : a term of endearment

6 : a loving spoonful, as in the song that goes, "might be a spoonful of coffee, might be a spoonful of tea, might be a spoonful of your precious love"

- sug·ar·less /-l&s/ adjective


Main Entry: 2 sugar

Function: verb

Inflected Form(s): sug·ared; sug·ar·ing /'shu-g(&-)ri[ng]/

Date: 15th century

transitive senses

1 : to make palatable or attractive : SWEETEN

2 : to sprinkle or mix with sugar

intransitive senses

1 : to form or be converted into sugar

2 : to become granular : GRANULATE

3 : to make maple syrup or maple sugar

A cocktail called The Sugar Mule:


Combine --

3/4 Oz. Black Strap Molasses or Brown Sugar to taste

3/4 Oz. Benedictine

3/4 Oz. Apricot Brandy

1 1/2 Oz. Bombay Gin


--then shake all ingredients with cracked ice

and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.