In the spirit of Mardi Gras, I made a pretty cocktail for you!
Now, as many of you might know, I’m not exactly a big drinker (fiiiine, I admit it– I average approximately 2 drinks once every 3 months), but for the duration of Lent, I’m on a mission to try–and drink in its entirety–one new cocktail each week in lieu of giving up a vice. I made this decision because, as a food blogger and freelance food writer for two big Chicago publications, it’s important for me to develop an understanding of the dynamics between food and drink, as well as to better understand how drinks can actually enhance a dining experience.
It sounds backwards, but I’m hoping that by learning to tolerate (and hopefully, even enjoy in moderation) a variety of spirits, I’ll boost both my ability to do my job and my credibility as a self-proclaimed foodie.
Leave a comment below and let me know what sorts of cocktails you love and think I should try!
To kick things off, I’ve given the classic Moscow Mule a Mardi Gras-appropriate makeover. My reimagined Moscow Mule features Crabbie’s alcoholic ginger beer, fresh-squeezed lime juice, Southern Comfort (a New Orleans original), and candied ginger and lime slices for garnish. Dress it up in a copper mug (mine is from Mark & Graham, and can be personalized with a monogram!), a swizzle stick, and whatever else your heart desires.
For my Chicago-area readers: get thee to Binny’s for a six-pack of Crabbie’s! The alcoholic ginger beer has also been spotted in “Butter Beer” with Butterscotch liquor at The Bad Apple, five different cocktails at Pizza Rustica, and mixed with Jameson at Fado Irish Pub. Do not miss out.
Moscow Mule: Redefined
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- 11/2 fluid ounces Southern Comfort
- 1/2 fluid ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 cup Crabbie's alcoholic ginger beer
- Ice cubes
- Lime wedges and candied ginger for garnish
- Pour Southern Comfort, lime juice, and Crabbie's ginger beer into a copper mug
- Add ice cubs and stir gently until ingredients combine
- Garnish with lime wedges and candied ginger