Monday, November 17, 2014

Holiday Cocktail: Pomegranate Moscow Mule

I was looking for a cocktail incorporating fresh pomegranate this weekend, and since I love Moscow Mules, this was the perfect find. I made them twice this weekend - once for friends and once last night for just the two of us in front of the fire. The pomegranate juice doesn't give a strong flavor, but the color is gorgeous. With a ginger-lime sugared rim, these will be perfect for the holidays.

the green flecks of lime zest on the rim and the red drink are so pretty together

I wanted to use fresh pomegranates, but you could also just buy juice which is less of a hassle; although I do find that the color of the store-bought juice is more purple-y and not as vibrant. The sugared rim adds a lot both in terms of taste and beauty so don't skip that. I added candied ginger as a garnish, and I love the sharp pop of the ginger to bite in between sips.

Pomegranate Moscow Mule

1 pomegranate (or 2 tablespoons store-bought juice)
1 lime
2 ounces vodka
3 ounces Ginger Beer
Candied ginger for garnish (optional)

Ginger-Lime Sugar:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Zest of 1 lime
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

Cut the pomegranate in half and juice both halves using a citrus juicer. Strain juice and set aside.

Mix sugar, lime zest and grated ginger in shallow bowl. Use fork to work zest and ginger into the sugar until well combined. Moisten the rim of a glass with a lime wedge and coat the rim in sugar.

Fill sugared glass with ice, add vodka, 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice, and the juice of half a lime. Stir to combine. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with candied ginger and lime slices.

Makes 1 drink.

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