You can take your Year of the Horse. I much rather have the Year of the Moscow Mule, which 2014 is most certainly shaping up to be. Bars and restaurants are jumping on the bandwagon and now I have the perfect recipe for you to try at home.
To make a true Moscow Mule, you need fancy copper mugs, but for my summery cherry version, I suggest any vessel that won’t break if dropped on the patio. This is definitely your summer sipping drink!
A few weeks ago, I bought a bottle of Effen Black Cherry vodka to make Dirty Shirleys when a group of girlfriends came over. The next weekend, a neighbor introduced me to the deliciousness that is the traditional Moscow Mule, copper cup and all. I knew I had to make this again myself, but didn’t want to buy a whole bottle of plain vodka for the cause. It was Kismet that I had this cherry stuff in my fridge!
Do yourself a favor, find a bottle of Quince & Apples Tart Cherry Grenadine. It makes the maraschino stuff taste like cough syrup. It is SOOOO much better.
While pregnant, I had a lot of ginger beer in an effort to look like a grown-up. I really came to like the flavor on its own, but you could totally do this up as a mocktail. Just skip the vodka and add in a little more grenadine.
OK, enough talking. Here’s the recipe. Invite me over when you make it. We’ll grill burgers and sit around a fire pit until sunrise (or it’s time for Eggroll to go to bed…whatever.)
- 3 slices lime
- 1 handful ice
- 2oz cherry vodka
- 1 can ginger beer
- 1oz grenadine
- Squeeze two slices of lime into the bottom of glass, then fill the glass with ice.
- Pour in vodka and ginger beer. Carefully stir as to not disturb the bubbles.
- Slowly drizzle in the grenadine and garnish with another lime wedge on the rim of the glass.