Ok, so, I LOVE ginger! Not just a little. I mean I really, really love ginger. There’s nothing like that unique spiciness and aromatic fragrance of ginger. With so many different concoctions to discover how could I not love it! Marinades, tea, ginger infused water, and homemade candied ginger are just some of my favorites. Besides being delicious did you know that ginger has many reported health benefits? It is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that have been shown to help quell nausea, aid in digestion, help fight off and prevent colds and the flu, as well as fight inflammatory conditions within the body. It’s amazing! So, when I was recently at a party and heard about the Moscow Mule cocktail, which is gaining popularity all over the place and popping up on menus everywhere, I was chomping at the bit to try it out as well as shocked that my love of ginger hadn’t brought me to it sooner! After finding a recipe online and putting the kids to bed for the night I got to work. A Collins glass (or a copper Moscow mule mug, which I didn’t have), ice, vodka, ginger beer, and fresh lime juice is all I needed and luckily I usually have those items on hand. I followed the instructions precisely and although I am definitely no mixologist I think a Russian bartender would approve. A couple of minutes later I was staring at a Moscow Mule and couldn’t wait to give it a try. I put the drink to my mouth and took a healthy swig. It was…underwhelming! I mean it was good but it lacked the zing I was craving from raw ginger, even with the extra strong ginger beer! I stepped back for a minute and thought about how I could improve upon the traditional Moscow Mule. It was then that I remembered hat I had a ginger infused simple syrup in the fridge from when I made candied ginger. After, adding a shot of the syrup and a piece of ginger candy to the concoction it was AMAZING! It is the perfect summer drink and tastes totally refreshing. If you like the traditional Moscow Mule or ginger at all, then you’ve got to try this! I’ve included the original recipe as well as the addition of the ginger syrup.
-Collins glass or copper Moscow mule mug
-Half a lime, freshly squeezed
-4-6 oz of extra strong ginger beer
-1-2 oz ginger simple syrup*
Add 3-4 ice cubes to a Collins glass or copper mug. Then add the juice from half a lime. Next, add vodka, slowly pour in ginger beer, and top off with ginger syrup. Stir well and enjoy!
*To make ginger simple syrup:
-1/2 lb of ginger root, peeled and sliced 1/8 inch thick
-1/2 lb granulated sugar
-combine ginger water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow ginger to simmer for 10-15 mins. Remove ginger, allow syrup to cool and store in a mason jar in refrigerator. Add ginger syrup to iced tea for a spicy kick!