Blood Orange Winter Spritz
I'm here to get you off your January booze cleanse (You're welcome!)
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know that I can’t stop talking about Rachel’s Ginger Beer. I’ve had ginger beer plenty of times, but this stuff is my favorite. It’s zingy in a way that puts a smile on your face, both because it tastes good and because it makes your mouth pucker a tiny bit (a good thing.) I found their little shop right next to Pike Place Market on a work trip to Seattle, and wandered in completely on a whim. Best accident ever. They have the cutest storefront, and apparently have been in Seattle-area farmers markets for years.
And more importantly, every sip of this ginger beer is an absolute treat, and I’ve only ever bought the original flavor so far. The last time I was in, they had blood orange and cranberry pomegranate, I think. They also had a seasonal orange spice that was amazing heated up- I had a small sample. May need to buy more, for science. You can also buy the ginger beer in a glass growler and bring it back the next time for a refill at a discount (I am obviously doing this). Oh, and did I mention cocktails on tap? They have ginger beer cocktails on tap. Go there.
That’s what got me thinking about making my own cocktail at home with it – that and the fact that I would drink this every single day if I had more of it. So I started with a simple cocktail that is probably the best-known ginger beer cocktail: the Moscow Mule. I think it was the Esquire website that called it a “silly vodka cocktail.” I guess I like silly vodka cocktails sometimes. Now I just need some of those cute little copper mugs!
Here’s what you need:
2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz lime juice – approximate 1/2 lime’s worth, but cut the half into wedges to squeeze. Keep spent lime peels.
4-5 oz ginger beer (recommended: Rachel’s Ginger Beer)
Lime wedge for garnish
Grab a Collins glass or other 10ish oz glass. Squeeze the lime juice into the glass and drop the spent peels in after it.
Next, add a large handful of ice in and pour the vodka over top of it. Then, pour the ginger beer over the ice and stir using one of those fancy cocktail spoons or a chopstick, if you are like me. Garnish with a lime wedge, rubbing the lime all around the rim of the glass before serving.