Merry Moscow Mule
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Pour a glass of holiday cheer with this easy Christmas Moscow Mule! Made with vodka, an easy spiced syrup, pomegranate juice, and topped with spicy ginger beer! Make the holiday cocktail/ easy Christmas mule recipe extra festive by garnishing with lime and fresh pomegranate arils!
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The Merry Moscow Mule – a festive Christmas spin on a classic
An easy and festive cocktail for the holiday season, this Christmas Moscow Mule is sweet, spiced, and sure to get you on the nice list at your next holiday party. Made with vodka, pomegranate juice, lime, and an easy homemade spiced simple syrup, this drink tastes like Christmas in a glass.
What goes into the Christmas Moscow Mule?
To make this festive and delicious holiday cocktail, you will need:
- 4 oz Vodka. Classic vodka is perfect for this recipe. I like Stateside or Three Olives.
- Ginger beer. There are plenty of brands of non-alcoholic ginger beer on the market, and it can be found in most regular grocery stores. Be sure to get it nice and cold in the refrigerator prior to making the cocktails.
- A bit of Fall Spiced Simple Syrup. This is an easy homemade simple syrup made with cinnamon, star anise, and clove. It lends the perfect touch of spice to make these Moscow Mules extra cheery.
- Pomegranate juice, such as POM Wonderful. POM Wonderful also sells pre-picked pomegranate arils, making garnish that much easier!
- Fresh squeezed lime juice. You need 1/4 cup for 2 drinks, which is about 1-2 juicy limes, so plan accordingly if prepping these for a crowd or party. You can also use Santa Cruz lime juice. If using the bottled Santa Cruz stuff, taste and add more simple syrup, if desired. In my experience, the bottled variety can be a bit more bitter than fresh squeezed. I would advise against using those little lime shaped bottles.
Tools and tips for the perfect cocktail
- Chill all of your ingredients for a cool, refreshing cocktail. And serve over plenty of ice.
- Use a good cocktail shaker or large mason jar for shaking the drinks.
- Open the ginger beer as you go, to keep things nice and effervescent.
- If making a large batch, double to simple syrup recipe, and store in a carafe or bottle for easy access to your guests.
- Squeeze your own lime juice with a great squeezer, to get every last drop of juice.
- A set of nice Moscow Mule Mugs.
Variations and additions
This Christmas Moscow Mule can be easily adapted to work with your preferences and what you have on hand. Here are some ideas:
- Try cranberry or cran-apple juice in place of the pomegranate juice. If doing this, garnish with fresh cranberries or apple slices (or both!).
- Try a flavored vodka, such as pomegranate or orange.
- Add some additional garnish with some of the spices in the simple syrup, such as star anise pods and cinnamon sticks!
- Try some pomegranate-cherry juice instead of classic pomegranate juice.
- Opt for ginger ale instead of ginger beer, for a sweeter, less spicy take on the drink.
Garnishes and serving
I like to garnish these Christmas cocktails with a few slices of fresh lime, and a sprinkle of pomegranate arils to make things easy and festive. You could also add rosemary sprigs and a cinnamon stick to each glass for an extra festive twist!
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Merry Moscow Mule
- 1 oz Fall Spiced Simple Syrup, (recipe linked below)
- 4 oz vodka
- 1/2 cup pomegranate juice, such as POM Wonderful
- 1/4 cup lime juice, (fresh squeeze preferred)
- 12 oz chilled no-alcoholic ginger beer
- pomegranate arils and lime slices, for garnish , (optional: cinnamon sticks)
- 1. Make a batch of Fall Spiced Simple Syrup. 2. Add vodka, Fall Spiced Simple Syrup, Pomegranate juice and lime juice to a cocktail shaker or mason jar, and shake well. 3. Fill 2 Moscow mule mugs with ice halfway, and divide cocktail mixture evenly into both glasses. 4. Top each cocktail with 6 oz ginger beer. 5. Garnish with pomegranate arils, lime slices, and cinnamon sticks, if desired.
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