Welcome back friends! I told ya I’d be back with a “naughtier” drink recipe using my new Rose Marble Pitcher from Keen Kutter. In case you missed it, I posted a super easy recipe last week for Snickerdoodle Hot Chocolate here. Don’t forget that you can put the code “sprinkledsunshinegift” in the comments section at checkout of Keen Kutter for a free candle gift with your purchase! Tonight I’m switching gears just a bit and talking Mules, Winter Moscow Mules.
Why Mules? 1) They are delicious and 2) The copper mugs pair perfectly with this pitcher, win-win. I’m a big fan of the standard Moscow Mule, ingredients can vary here and there, but typically you’ll find vodka, ginger beer (which is non-alcoholic for those who have never had it -there probably is an alcoholic version floating out there somewhere), lime juice, and lime and mint for the garnish. I like to add simple syrup in mine too, but not everyone is a fan of the added sweetness. When I’m in the mood for a refreshing cocktail and if I haven’t made my way to my cozy bed yet, this is an option that pops into my head.
When I think refreshing cocktail, I think warm, summer nights. It is December 28th here in Illinois with a chilly temp of 30 degrees, not so warm. That being said, I wanted to put a little twist on this cocktail to make it work for the winter months. Red wine as a mixer and a rosemary-cranberry garnish immediately came to mind. I couldn’t find any fresh cranberries at the store so I I opted for Pom Poms Fresh Pomegranate Arils instead -worked just as good I think, but you could use either!
If you are using the Keen Kutter Rose Marble Pitcher, it holds a little over 32 ounces comfortably. I made my batch accordingly with the following:
Add a little bit of ice into your pitcher so that it is slightly chilled -you can fill your copper mugs to the brim with ice to make up for the temp. You don’t want to put too much ice in your pitcher or your Mule will taste watered down. Add the vodka, ginger beer, red wine, sugar, and a few squeezes of fresh lime juice to your pitcher and stir. Feel free to shake first if you have a shaker, I ditched mine years ago.
Add a lime wheel (or wedge), fresh rosemary, and pomegranate for your garnish. Now it is time to enjoy -socialize with friends at a dinner party or cozy up under a blanket, whatever your style might be, do you!
This would be a perfect drink for NYE just around the corner before your champagne toast at midnight…if you make it that late! I’ll be home with my hubby and youngins on NYE this year (which I’m very much looking forward to) so we shall see what we have in store. Cheers to 2018 and onto 2019 friends, I wish you all a Happy New Year, shall it be the best one yet!