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There are so many different types of cocktails out there. When I did drink, my ordering experience was limited to vodka and orange juice, vodka and grapefruit juice, and vodka and cranberry juice.
Do you see a pattern there? LOL
I don’t know why. Vodka was my alcohol of choice back then. Even my shot of choice — the lemon drop — contained vodka.
I stopped drinking right after my graduation from business school but if there was a special occasion (like a wedding), it was cool. But right after my transplant, I was told it was more of a permanent status now. Alcohol can interfere with my medications (I know some transplant patients drink on occasion, just telling my experience).
That doesn’t mean that I am not interested in cocktail recipes. During my partying days, I didn’t pay any attention to the other lovely cocktails available. And I want to be a capable hostess who is able to make something other than OJ and vodka.
Today is National Moscow Mule Day. So, in honor of that, I am sharing a recipe for a Moscow Mule with Ginger Syrup.
And it has vodka…
Tips for The Moscow Mule
Although Moscow Mules are meant to be enjoyed ice cold, there is something inherently comforting about the warm, spicy notes of ginger found in this classic cocktail.
Traditionally, Moscow Mules are served in beautiful copper mugs that are both appealing and functional. Unfortunately, this popular metal may be unhealthy if ingested in significant amounts. As a result, most copper mugs sold today are lined with a non-reactive metal. However, if you have the more traditional, unlined versions, avoid serving hot or acidic liquids in them to avoid any issues.
Classic Moscow Mule with Fresh Ginger Simple Syrup
- copper mugs (optional) — see note
- 2 oz. premium vodka
- 2 T. fresh lime juice
- Ginger beer enough to top off mug
- 2 t. ginger simple syrup* or to taste
- Fresh mint sprigs to garnish
- Lime wedges to garnish
Ginger Simple Syrup
- ½ c. water
- ½ c. white sugar
- 3 ” fresh ginger peeled and cut into small piece
- To make the ginger simple syrup, add water and sugar to a medium saucepan. Peel a 3” piece of fresh ginger and chop into small pieces and add to the pan.
- Note: The smaller you cut each piece of ginger, the more surface area you will expose to the boiling sugar mixture. This will give your simple syrup a stronger ginger flavor.
- Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Fill copper mugs with ice cubes and add vodka and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and a drizzle of simple syrup. Stir to combine. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a wedge of lime and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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