I love a classic Moscow Mule, it's a great, simple cocktail. The freshness of the lime and the bite of the ginger perfectly pairs with a smooth Vodka. It's perfect on a sunny patio or after a cold day skiing - it's great at all times!
The other best thing about the Mule is that it is extremely versatile and that is mostly because of the ginger in the recipe. Ginger simply pairs well with so many flavour profiles, sweet or savoury, keeping the possibilities flowing when it comes to mixology. Now, I know mixology can sound a little daunting so what I want to do here is show you ways you can use the Elderflower Moscow Mule Pocket Cocktail to mix 5 different cocktails by simply changing the spirit and adding one or 2 ingredients, super simple!
These can be made on you adventures if you have the space to carry a few ingredients or in your backyard to impress your friends this summer. Here we go, 5 simple Mule Recipes with Moscow Mule Pocket Cocktails.
The Mexican Mule is a great twist on the classic drink, it brings alive the spiciness of the ginger while keeping it fresh. In this recipe, I replaced the Vodka with Mezcal which gives the cocktail a touch of smoky and I had a few dashes of hot sauce to bring some extra heat. Here what you'll need to make the Mexican Mule.
Bartender's tip: To extract the most flavour out of the mint leaves, pack a small handful in the palm of you hand and give them a smack with your other hand. This will release the oils in the leaves and boost the freshness of the herb.
Dark and Stormy is another very popular cocktail and I've been asked many times if we were going to have one available in our Pocket Cocktails line up. The truth is, we pretty much have it with Moscow Mule mix. Both cocktails use ginger beer and citruses (lemon or lime) as its base. It's only a matter of switching the Vodka for a dark rum and adding a few dashes of bitters.
Bartender's tip: Don't forget the "courtesy cut" when cutting your limes, it makes it easier to garnish the drink.
What's London famous for when it comes to alcohol? In a beer drinker community, there's one spirit that stands out, London Dry Gin. The most commercialized products are Beefeater, Bombay Shapphire and Tanqueray. I love gin, it's smooth and floral and with the elderflower we have in our Moscow Mule Pocket Cocktail, it's a no brainer.
Bartender's tip: Give the juniper berries a quick smash to release the flavours, simply use the back of a knife or even a rock.
You Whiskey lovers are not left behind here, I'm sure you've had a whiskey-ginger before, right? Well the Tennessee Mule is just a notch over that. Time to bring back our old friend Jack Daniel's and mix up some cocktails. Replace the Vodka with whiskey, add a few fancy garnishes and you've got yourself a Tennessee Mule.
Bartender's tip: Wet the rim of your mug with a lime wedge, that way your rimmer (smoked salt in this case) will also have a tang to it.
This last recipe is actually not a recipe per se but a variant you can do to all of the above in order to add some fizz to the drink. To do that, you'll need to have some soda water on hand so it may not be an option when you are backpacking but if you are at home or in your backyard this summer, you gotta try it.
Bartender's tip: I'll repeat it, do not shake your Pocket Cocktail with soda water.
These are only a few of the ways to tweak our Elderflower Moscow Mule Pocket Cocktails, give those a try and go nuts - create your own recipe!
Cheers to the Mule!
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