Blood orange Moscow mules - made with fresh citrus juice, ginger beer, and vodka - are as delicious and refreshing as they are eye-catching.
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Since Alex and I are well into our late twenties - and especially since becoming parents - we've come to prefer a night in with friends over a night out. We'll invite friends over after Cameron has gone to bed, and I'll set up a board game and turn on a playlist while Alex whips up a batch of cocktails. It's definitely more low-key than a Saturday night in our early twenties, but our nights in are never short on laughs or great drinks.
The key to pulling off a spontaneous night in with friends is a well stocked bar. We keep the essentials on hand - a few types of liquor, carbonated mixers, and limes - and have a small collection of nice barware for serving our concoctions.
One of my favorite ways to serve cocktails at home is in copper mugs! They're great for so much more than just serving Moscow mules, and they add a touch of elegance to any drink we serve in them. I love our hand-crafted copper mugs from Moscow Muled because they're beautifully made with high-grade copper and welded handles. They're also lined with high-grade nickel, which is super important when you're drinking from copper mugs (you can read why here). Our copper mugs are a staple in our home bar that we reach for again and again when enjoying a drink at home and when hosting friends!
We use our copper mugs to serve a variety of cocktails, but a classic Moscow mule will always be one of my favorites. With just a few weeks left to enjoy the fresh winter citrus that this season has to offer, I decided to shake things up and add fresh-squeezed blood orange juice to a classic mule for an extra bit of sweetness and tang!
Blood orange Moscow mules were an instant hit! Sweet and tangy citrus (from fresh-squeezed blood oranges and limes) pair beautifully with the slightly spicy ginger beer for a cocktail that's light, refreshing, and cozy. Served in a handsome copper mug and garnished with fresh citrus, these blood orange Moscow mules are sure to delight your friends at your next game night![recipe title="Blood Orange Moscow Mule" servings="1 drink (can be easily multiplied)"] INGREDIENTS:
1 ½ oz. vodka
3 oz. fresh blood orange juice (from about 3 blood oranges)*
½ oz. fresh lime juice (from about ½ lime)
3 oz. ginger beer
citrus slices or wedges, for garnish (optional)
Pour the vodka, blood orange juice, and lime juice into a copper mug and stir to combine. Fill the mug nearly to the top with ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with fresh citrus. Enjoy!
*NOTE: Feel free to substitute another fresh citrus juice if you prefer. Fresh-squeezed orange or grapefruit juice are also delicious! [/recipe]