We planted a small herb garden on our back porch this year in a boxed shelf. My hubby built it (because he’s handy that way) and it’s completely in the shade. So, not all of the herbs have done that well. But, my dear mint has grown great!
To be honest, I had very specific intentions for the mint (think mojitos, mint juleps, etc., etc.). So, when making our own variation of the Moscow Mule, I knew I had to include it. While a traditional Moscow Mule incorporates ginger beer, lime juice and vodka. We tried this one with the substitute of a fresh, unfiltered ginger ale with cane sugar. It really added a fresh, pleasant profile to the drink. We added the mint, lime juice and vodka, of course!
- 1.5 ounces vodka
- 10 mint leaves plus sprig for garnish
- 7 ounces ginger ale
- one-half lime
- Mash the mint leaves in the bottom of the mug with a muddler or similar bar tool
- Fill mug 3/4 with ice
- Pour vodka
- Squeeze in the juice from one-half lime (or more to taste)
- Pour over the ginger ale
- Garnish with lime and mint sprig
While a cocktail shaker can be used, we prefer to include 10 ginger leaves in the bottom of the mug and mash with a bar muddler in the same manner as used for a mojito. It really brings out the mint flavor. Here’s a similar option for reference (linked to Amazon).
The unfiltered ginger ale from Bruce Cost with real ginger and cane sugar really makes this cocktail something special. The power combo of mint, lime and ginger are incredibly fresh and crisp for these hot summer days.
Cheers – E