Sunday, December 4, 2011

20---Sassy Mule

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.

Sassy Mule
Serves 1

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
Pomegranate seeds

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. 

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