The holidays are here! Time to get together with my homegirls and mix up some tasty beverages!
This is Jack. He is my friend Heather's miniature donkey. Yes, I realize that this post is about Mules. And yes, I know that donkeys and mules are different. But he's just so darn CUTE!
A Moscow mule is a beverage of vodka and ginger beer created in the 1940s. It is typically served in a copper mug, but it is not necessary (this is argued by some). A mule is tasty on it's own, but I thought that I would dress it up a bit for the holidays. Now it is outstanding.
1 1/2 ounces (one shot) vodka infused with ginger and limes (optional: see below) 2 ounces pomegranate juice 1 ounce lime juice
4 ounces ginger beer (I used Cock 'n Bull)
2 fresh basil leaves
For infused vodka: One week prior to serving, place 1/4 cup fresh ginger, peeled and sliced, and one sliced lime into a 1 liter glass container. Add vodka (80 proof is best) and place in refrigerator to infuse.
For beverage: add basil leaves and vodka to a shaker. Muddle basil leaves with a muddler (the fat end of mixing spoon works well also). Add a few ice cubes, pomegranate juice, and lime juice to the shaker. Shake until combined and chilled. Pour through strainer into a serving glass containing 3-4 ice cubes. Top with ginger beer and stir gently. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and garnish with fresh basil, if desired.
Lindsay Kay Kordick, MS, RD, LN, HFS