It’s Mocktail Monday, and we’re on an alliteration kick. Mmm….Moscow Mule fits the bill. This vodka-based cocktail is making a resurgence, and we have found that it can easily be tweaked into a fabulous alcohol-free drink.
Traditionally served in a copper mug, the mule is part of a cocktail family known as “bucks.” These drinks always consist of ginger ale or ginger beer, a spirit of some sort, and a citrus. As with many of our mocktail recipes, we substitute a double-strength tea infusion for the spirit, and then proceed with adjusting the rest of the ingredients to take advantage of the acidic twang of Spiker’s Shrubs.
You just can’t go wrong with making a mule or buck with our new Ginger Bite shrub. And speaking of right, the traditional way to serve a mule or buck is in a copper mug. We found this beauty online at Bed, Bath and Beyond. But you can also find them from a number of other sources. The 12-ounce size is the most practical, but you will find mule mugs as large as 20 and 36 ounces. Go for it!
It's always good to have chilled green tea in your fridge to use as a base for cocktails, soup stocks, etc. For this drink, bring 8 oz of water to a boil and remove from the heat. Add two bags of green tea (or two teaspoons) and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea leaves or bag and allow the tea to cool. Store in the fridge for future use.
Mix the Mocktail
Pour 2 oz of the green tea infusion and the Spiker's Ginger Bite shrub into a 12-ounce mule mug or Collins glass and stir to incorporate.
Squeeze the lime and drop the wedge into the mug and then fill halfway with ice.
Top off with 4 oz sparkling water and stir gently to incorporate the ingredients. If desired, garnish with a small sprig of fresh mint or a slice of lime (or both).
To make this into a cocktail, replace the 2 ounce of green tea infusion with 2 ounces of vodka, and use a naturally brewed ginger beer. A 1/2-ounce shot of Ginger Bite shrub will satisfy the tastebuds of those who are looking for a really spicy kick in the teeth.