It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means—it’s all downhill from here!
We here in the DC-area experienced the first snow of the season on Saturday, and while it didn’t accumulate to much, it was nice to curl up inside with a blanket and Parenthood and watch the snow globe outside. Our apartment has windows on three walls now—a vast improvement over the one-wall window situation we had at our old place—which makes for a great snow-watching view.
In December, Kristyn hosted her Blogger’s Favorite Things Party and we played a White Elephant where instead of everyone bringing something obnoxious/tacky, you bring your all-time favorite thing. Jenn brought these super cute Moscow Mule Mugs—along with fresh mint from her Mom’s garden!—and I had to steal them when my turn came around. I’d used them once in December, but once the snow started coming down, I knew it was the perfect excuse to break dry January—lasted all of about six days—and try out a new blueberry cranberry Moscow Mule recipe.
I’ve shared the recipe for classic Moscow Mules before, but loved the idea of putting a fun twist on the original. Vodka with cranberry juice is my go-to out at bars, so I knew I wanted to try that flavor with ginger beer and lime juice. When I saw blueberry juice on the same aisle, I thought a splash of that wouldn’t hurt either—especially since I had frozen blueberries in the freezer that I knew would be a fun garnish and double as ice cubes.
Even though I’m a month late on this one, it’d make for a great, easy holiday cocktail, but still think it’s hard to beat berries in the wintertime, so definitely give this one a whirl. A note that you can play with the ginger beer to juice ratio depending on your taste preferences—if you’re not a big sweet cocktail person, go heavier on the ginger beer. Cheers! x
Ingredients / Serves 2
- 3 ounces vodka (two standard shot glasses)
- 6 ounces ginger beer
- 4 ounces cranberry juice
- 4 ounces blueberry juice
- 4 tablespoons lime juice
- lime to garnish—I didn’t have one, so I used lemon and blueberries :]
- Chill vodka, ginger beer, and juices 4-6 hours prior to serving.
- In a pitcher, combine vodka, lime juice, cranberry juice, and blueberry juice. Stir and set aside.
- Put desired amount of ice in each copper mug. Divide pitcher mixture equally among copper mugs. Top off with ginger beer, ice, and fruit to garnish.
PS—how fun is this Cheers Bottle Opener my sisters’ gave me for christmas? Talk about form and function. It looks great on my bar cart!