I’m having a serious addiction to ginger these days. For months, I have been snacking on candied ginger, adding ground ginger to baked goods and craving it in my cocktails as well. In fact, the very first cocktail recipe that I posted on this blog was for a Bourbon + Ginger. I recently rediscovered ginger beer, which is a non-alcoholic soda made with ginger. It’s kind of a cross between root beer and ginger ale, and also totally delicious. My favorite brand of ginger beer is Bundaberg, but Reed’s is a close second!
Now, I bring you the Moscow Mule for today’s Friday Night Delight. It’s a classic but simple cocktail that combines vodka, lime juice and ginger beer for a lovely and succulent treat. Traditional Moscow Mules are served in copper mugs to keep the beverage cold, but a Collins glass filled with ice will work just fine. And if you’re either out of vodka or just not a vodka lover, you can substitute other liquors in this recipe for similar results. Case in point:
- Tequila: Mexican Mule
- Bourbon: Kentucky Mule
- Whiskey: Irish Mule
- Cognac V.S.O.P.: French Mule
- Gin: Gin-Gin Mule (Get it?)
- Dark rum: Dark + Stormy
- Light rum + cranberry juice: Yule Mule (for the holidays)
I hope you enjoy your weekend! I’m planning to spend most of mine curled up with a book. And a Moscow Mule, probably. (I’ve been drinking these all week!) // susannah
Click below to learn how to make a Moscow Mule!
A classic vodka cocktail with spicy ginger beer
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice (equivalent to 1 tablespoon or about half a lime)
- 2 ounces vodka
- 4 to 6 ounces ginger beer, chilled
- Lime slices
- Fill a Collins glass or a Moscow Mule mug with ice. Squeeze lime juice into the glass and drop in the spent shell.
- Then, pour in the vodka and top with ginger beer. Stir gently. Garnish with another lime slice, if desired.