Moscow Mule

I used to be a margarita or gin and tonic person in the summertime but I have a new favorite refreshing cocktail to share! A friend introduced me to the Moscow Mule during my special trip to Charleston. All I need now is a copper mug to drink it in. 🙂

My friend used a special South Carolina Ginger Beer and I was afraid that it would never taste the same without it. Well, thank goodness for Trader Joe’s! Their Ginger Beer has the little bit of spice that made the South Carolina version amazing. Perfect.

This recipe is a combination of an all recipes.com version and my friend’s concoction. Great!

Yield: Serves 1

  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces vodka
  • 1/2 fluid ounce lime juice (about 1/2 a lime)
  • ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup ginger beer, or about 1/2 of a bottle (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • splash of seltzer, optional
  • 1 lime wedge for garnish
  1. Pour vodka and lime juice into a mug; add ice cubes and ginger beer. Stir to combine.
  2. Add a splash of seltzer, if desired, to decrease the sweetness.
  3. Drop a lime wedge into the mug for garnish.

Note: The classic Moscow Mule is served in a copper mug.

To make a Watermelon Moscow Mule variation add 5 T pureed, strained watermelon juice.

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Watermelon Sangria

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This is a sweet and festive summer punch- fun for a crowd. I loved the presentation with the skewered watermelon too. This recipe was adapted from Food and Wine, contributed by Andrew Zimmerman of Del Toro Café in Chicago. Chef Zimmerman created a summer version of this traditional Spanish punch with vodka instead of brandy. Cheers to summer & Happy Fiesta Friday #24 at The Novice Gardener! 🙂

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 drinks

  • 2 pounds seedless watermelon, peeled and cubed, plus 1/2 pound watermelon cut into balls with a melon baller and skewered on picks
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 6 ounces citrus vodka
  • 4 ounces Cointreau or triple sec
  • 4 ounces Citrus Syrup, recipe below
  • Ice
  1. Make the Citrus Syrup: Combine 3/4 cup water, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 1-inch strips lemon zest, and 2 1-inch strips orange zest in a small saucepan. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a blender, puree the watermelon cubes. Pour through a fine strainer into a pitcher. (Makes approximately 4 cups.)
  3. Add the white wine, vodka, Cointreau and cooled Citrus Syrup. Stir and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Stir again, then pour the sangria into ice-filled white wine glasses and garnish with the skewered watermelon balls.

One year ago:

Watermelon Mojito

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We have TONS of mint in our herb garden and I really only use it in iced tea. A mojito is another wonderful use! This is a terrific summer cocktail- refreshing and sweet. The more the watermelon and mint are muddled into the sweetener the better- so much more flavor! This recipe was adapted from Fiesta at Rick’s: Fabulous Food for Great Times with Friends by Rick Bayless.

Yield: 1 drink

  • 1 sprig of fresh mint (about 10 leaves)
  • 1/2 cup cubed watermelon
  • 1 T (1/2 oz) simple syrup or agave nectar
  • 4 T (2 oz) white rum
  • 1 T (1/2 oz) lime juice
  • ice cubes
  • sparkling water
  1. Place mint leaves and watermelon cubes in a cocktail glass or a tall water glass. Top with agave nectar or simple syrup.
  2. Use a muddler or a handle of a wooden spoon to crush the mint and watermelon, releasing their flavor into the sweetener.
  3. Fill the glass with ice.
  4. Add rum and lime juice. Use a long-handled spoon to mix everything together.
  5. Top off each glass with sparkling water. Serve.

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