We have some really wonderful neighbors and friends who can cook and mix and entertain like no other! Lucky for me, they are located in my back yard. Literally, we wave at each other on the weekends from the back door. They live right behind me. And they have a signature cocktail, the Moscow Mule, with a twist. It got me thinking, couldn’t I make a Moscow Mule with a twist? Yes, yes I can. And here it is.
The regular old Moscow Mule is made with vodka, ginger beer and lime juice. Pretty simple. And it’s always served in a really fabulous copper mug. People add their own things here and there, but the main recipe remains the same. So when I set out to create mine, I wanted the recipe to remain the same.
Here’s the Moscow Mule recipe I based mine on….
1.5 oz (1 shot) of vodka
1/2 a bottle of ginger beer
juice of 1 lime
Fill a mug with ice and pour liquid over the ice. Stir and serve with a lime wedge.
I decided that I needed a little more sweetness in my drink. And color. So I started to look through my fridge. I had blackberries. I had basil. Sounds good to me! And the Blackberry Basil Moscow Mule was born.
I muddled a handful of blackberries, 5 leaves of basil (torn), 2 Tbsp. of sugar, 1 tsp. of lime zest and the juice of 1 lime, all together. If you don’t know what muddled means, its truly just smashing and mushing the ingredients together until they are blended. The mixture will be chunky.
Along with the recipe above, I added 1 Tbsp. of the muddled mixture to my mug, gave it a stir and garnished with some basil and blackberries. Yep. It was good! So good that happy hour almost started at an hour that wasn’t quite respectable.