Oh Hai! I thought I’d take a break from my total slothitude (not a word? Don’t care I’m using it because that’s how I roll this week) to bring you this delicious low carb Moscow Mule cocktail!
It took supreme effort to drag myself back to work mode to write this post. Between binge watching Person of Interest on Netflix for days, and some epic Words with Friends matches with my in laws who have been visiting from South Carolina the last few weeks, I’m exhausted.
Also my vocabulary is saturated with superfluous words that I would never actually use in real life. Not of my own making mind you, I’m cursed with lousy letters most of the time so I’m busting out words like BUM and HEN. My in-laws threw up some truly bterms though, which scored a bajillion points and made me feel real dum. 😂 👊 🙌
To drown my melancholy wretchedness, I mixed up a pitcher of these low carb Moscow Mules, which were scrumptious with a piquant heat from the ginger syrup and a pleasant viridity from the fresh mint.
Moscow mules are relatively new to me, and to be 100000000% honest I only made them because I wanted to have an excuse to buy these super cute hammered copper mugs that they are traditionally served in.
Because it’s all about the props amiright? My fellow bloggers and food photographers know what I mean. Any excuse to go props shopping! 🙋 🙋 🙋
Don’t get hosed though – I’ve seen these mugs for as much as $50 each which is frankly a total ripoff. I ended up getting mine at TJ Maxx for $10 each, and I’ve seen them at Target for around the same. I wish I’d checked Amazon first because they have this set of four SOLID (mine are only plated) copper Moscow Mule mugs on sale for $34.00 from the regular price of $190.00! #score
So if you don’t yet have your very own set of Moscow Mule mugs, get them ASAP because you can use them year round and they are great for kids and around the pool in the summer because they don’t break like glass!
While you’re shopping for your mugs, you may also want to get some giant ice cube molds – they are better in drinks because they melt slower and don’t dilute your bevvie as fast if you’re a slow sipper rather than a gulper.
Also they make you look tres chic because regular ice cubes are SO 2015.
I love the square cubes that I just got and used in these Moscow Mules, but I also have these sphere ice cube molds which I used all summer long in margaritas and rusty nails on the lake. They are also fun for kids, who get a huge kick out of them, and it’s easy to freeze fruit or herbs into them to up your cocktail game even more. 🍸 🍸 🍸
In case you’re new to Moscow Mules like I was, they are traditionally made with vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer. YUM.
Since I love the ginger flavor and sugar free ginger beer is pretty much impossible to find, I made a concentrated sugar free ginger syrup, which I added to vodka, lime juice, and diet ginger ale.
BAM. GINGER. IN. YOUR. FACE.
I also added a garnish of fresh mint that I muddle around a little in the mug, which gives it a festive Mojito flair – making this my new year-round cocktail of choice!
So while the mugs and ice cubes make these low carb Moscow Mules super fun – they aren’t necessary. In fact, I would pretty much drink these out of a dog’s slobbery water bowl if it came down to it.
You’ll know what I mean once you try them!
- ½ cup thinly sliced, peeled ginger
- 2 cups water
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar substitute (I used Swerve)
- 4 oz premium vodka
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 oz ginger syrup (recipe above)
- 8 oz diet ginger ale
- fresh mint leaves to garnish
- Combine the ginger, water and sweetener in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Cool for 1 hour, then strain and store in a clean jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Combine the vodka, lime juice, ginger syrup and ginger ale in a small pitcher. Stir well.
- Pour over ice and garnish with fresh mint. For a stronger mint flavor, muddle (smash) the mint leaves around in the bottom of the mug slightly before drinking.
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