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Cherry Moscow Mule
It doesn’t take much to make this cocktail. But if you love cherries and ginger then this is the one for you. If you haven’t tried a Moscow Mule before then let this recipe be the first one as it is refreshing and simple to make.
So, I must be honest in this somewhat bartending cocktail journey of mine, lol! This is the first time I am trying a Moscow Mule, which basically is a vodka based cocktail that has ginger beer/ginger ale in it. Making this cocktail was so easy but also very delicious to drink. The fresh cherries here add for a refreshing layer to the drink. In saying this, you cannot skip on the fresh cherries. If you are thinking of using canned cherries please don’t make this recipe. You need fresh cherries and since it is in season, now is the time to make it. The cherry pitting does take a little effort but it is totally worth it.
To those who don’t have shakers, this cocktail is for you, everything gets stirred into the mug and it is so simple but works so well. The ginger ale fizz does pack a punch but the lime and fresh cherries mellows it down and everything is well balanced. Ideally if you have ginger beer that should be your go to, however, I used ginger ale here. It is important to muddle the cherries etc to release the juices. I also like to add mint into the cherries before muddling sometimes. If your cherries aren’t sweet enough the ginger ale or ginger beer should take care of the sweetness. If you don’t like the flavor of ginger then you can use any other fizzy drink but it won’t be a Moscow Mule anymore.
This drink is served in a copper mug as it keeps the drink cold longer. It can be muddled and kept away, add ice when ready to serve, pour over the ginger ale/ginger beer, garnish and serve accordingly. I love using fresh cherries, lime slices and mint leaves to garnish the cocktail but you don’t need to do that. You can top the drink with more ice and serve.
Food pairing: The cocktail pairs well with Thai food flavors. From Pad Thai to Currys and Stir fries. You can also have the cocktail with Indian curries or heavier dishes as the freshness from the cocktail balances the meal well.
If you would like to watch how I made it, click here. Enough chat, let us make some cocktails. Happy Pitting Ninjas! Cheers
Cherry Moscow Mule
- Copper Mug
- 4-6 Cherries pitted
- 30 ml Vodka
- 15 ml Lime juice
- 200 ml Ginger ale/Ginger beer
- 4-5 Ice cubes
- Mint leaves
- Lime slices
- In a mug, add the cherries, lime juice and muddle (if using mint leaves here, now is the time to add it).
- Add some ice cubes, vodka and stir.
- Top with ginger ale. Garnish with lime slices, mint and more cherries.