It’s a solid fact that any cocktail with a spicy kick is my favorite cocktail. The only issue with this is a good spicy drink usually seems to involve some kind of difficult concoction that’s best when made by artisan hands at a meticulously stocked bar where the ingredients are mixed just so. That’s why the Moscow Mule is my best friend – it’s got the heat I like but there’s no complicated muddling, measuring, or shaking. Just a quick little recipe made up of basic components that can often be found in my fridge whether I was planning to make one or not.
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 tsp. simple syrup
- 1 lime
- 1/2 cup ginger beer. Note: This is the spicy component, so choose wisely if you’re like me. I always use the Maine Root Ginger Brew which I get at Whole Foods. It’s the spiciest I’ve found.
- Fresh mint
This drink is supposed to be served in a pretty copper mug, but I haven’t added those to my bar cart yet so I just use a Tom Collins glass. First, pour the vodka over ice in your glass. Add the simple syrup. Squeeze in the juice from the lime (leave a slice for garnish). Throw in a few mint leaves. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime slice. Enjoy!