Though I typically appreciate a cold local beer on tap, I have been recently turned on to traditional cocktails during some of my travel adventures. The classic Moscow Mule has become one of my regular mixed drinks. Refreshing with a bit of spicy warmth that goes well with lighter dishes or holds its own on a summer day. This version uses a homemade ginger simple syrup that can be adjusted to your own taste. Enjoy!
Ginger Simple Syrup Ingredients and Directions
½ cup water
½ cup white sugar
3 inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and cut into small pieces
- Add water and sugar to a medium saucepan.
- Peel a 3 inch piece of fresh ginger and chop into small pieces and add to the pan. Note: The smaller you cut each piece of ginger, the more surface area you will expose to the boiling sugar mixture. This will give your simple syrup a stronger ginger flavor.
- Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain or remove ginger pieces.
Classic Moscow Mule Ingredients
2 oz. premium vodka
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
Ginger beer (enough to top off mug)
2 teaspoons ginger simple syrup, or to taste
Fresh mint sprigs, to garnish
Lime wedges, to garnish
Classic Moscow Mule Directions
Fill copper mugs with ice cubes, then add vodka and lime juice.
Top with ginger beer and a drizzle of simple syrup. Stir to combine. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a wedge of lime and serve immediately.