This refreshing Moscow mule recipe gets a kick of citrus with the addition of freshly squeezed orange juice. Is it 5 o’clock yet?
At a restaurant about 10 minutes from us, they appear to have a Moscow mule problem. Don’t get me wrong – they make an awesome mule. However, it seems their clientele have sticky fingers, and the copper mugs that the mules are served in vanish faster than Vanilla Ice’s music career. Each time you order a Moscow mule at the restaurant, you have to hand over your driver’s license, which is kept in bartender purgatory until the copper mug is handed back at the end of the evening.
Considering how much people seem to covet the copper mugs, I expected them to be $50 apiece. It turns out these ones sell on Amazon for about $25 a set of four. I mean, come on, if you’re going to swipe something from a restaurant, it should at least be diamond-encrusted. 🙂
I am not a soda drinker, but when it comes to Moscow mules, I’ll make an exception for a splash of ginger beer. That being said, I wanted to cut down the proportion of ginger beer to make myself feel better about drinking one of these at happy hour. So, I replaced about half of the ginger beer with freshly squeezed orange juice. Any kind of orange will do, so take advantage of the sales on seasonal oranges right now. The brightness of the citrus is the perfect complement to the slightly spicy ginger beer.
If you don’t have a set of copper mugs, no problem. A tall glass will work just as well!
Other cocktail recipes with fresh juice:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Caesar Cocktail, aka the Canadian Bloody Mary
Cookin’ Canuck’s Pink Grapefruit Margarita
Floating Kitchen’s Beef-Pomegranate Cocktail
Cooks with Cocktails’ Hard Blood Orange Lemonade
Flavor of Spice’s Whiskey Sour with Grapefruit Juice
- 6 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
- 4 oz. vodka
- 1 lime, cut in half
- 8 oz. ginger beer
- Lime wedges, for garnish
- In two copper mugs or tall glasses, pour in the orange juice and vodka. Squeeze the juice of a lime half into each mug. Stir to combine.
- Fill each mug with ice, and top off each cocktail with 4 ounces of ginger beer.
- Garnish with lime wedges. Serve.
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