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The Kombucha Mule: A Funky Alternative to the Traditional Moscow Mule

The Kombucha Mule: A Funky Alternative to the Traditional Moscow Mule

Nothing quite compares to an icy cool Moscow Mule on a hot day. But what if you are following a diet and don’t want all the sugar typically found in ginger beer? Did you know our copper mugs are perfect for keeping any drink icy cold, and not just Moscow Mules? We recently discovered a healthy and delicious twist on our favorite cocktail that tastes incredible in our copper mugs.

We’ve been using kombucha in place of ginger beer and the tart and fizzy beverage is all the rage in health circles. You may remember mushroom tea from the 90s that sat on the counter in a large jar for months growing a mushroom like disc at the top known as a SCOBY (which is short for "symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast"). Many of our parents drank the tea and many of us remember that it had such a questionable smell that we couldn’t bring ourselves to try it. But now mushroom tea, or kombucha, has become mainstream and can easily be purchased from most grocery stores. And we can personally attest that it tastes delicious.

But what is kombucha anyways? Kombucha is essentially sweet black or green tea fermented with a culture of yeast and bacteria (or a SCOBY). It’s generally made with only four ingredients: tea, water, sugar, and SCOBY. While that might not sound appetizing, it tastes like carbonated iced tea with a slightly acidic finish. And what’s more, it’s incredibly good for you and might even help curb your hangover. Sign us up!

Kombucha is full of probiotics, antioxidants, and B vitamins to name a few. Probiotics are live, healthy bacteria that help create a healthy balance of organisms in your intestines. Kombucha is also said to have detoxification properties which cleanse the body and support a healthy immune style, which is why you might wake up without a hangover after indulging in this delicious beverage.

You can buy your own kombucha, ready made from the store and flavoured with delicious additions such as ginger, raspberry, or mint. For the more adventurous, you can even make your own kombucha from scratch if you have a small SCOBY to start the tea. You can sometimes find SCOBYs at farmer’s markets, Etsy, or even Craigslist (weird but true), but the easiest way would be to find a friend who already makes homemade kombucha and can give you a piece of their SCOBY.

Fun fact: did you know kombucha has a small percentage of alcohol already in it? You might have felt that slight wine buzz after downing a bottle quickly with lunch and that’s due to the small alcohol content. The alcohol content is less than 0.5% which is why it doesn’t have to be labeled on the bottle and you don’t have to be a certain age to purchase according to the rules and regulations of the Food and Drug Administration.

Once you’ve found your kombucha (for simplicity we prefer to buy our own ready made ginger kombucha) you can get started with your delicious kombucha mule recipe. If you’re serving guests that aren’t big drinkers, feel free to omit the vodka for a virgin cocktail that tastes seriously good.

Kombucha Mule
Serves 1

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces premium vodka
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
Ice cubes
1/2 cup ginger kombucha
Fresh herbs for garnish such as mint, basil or rosemary

Directions

Pour vodka and lime juice into copper mugs
Add ice and ginger kombucha
Stir to combine
Garnish with fresh herbs

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Ginger Beer for Moscow Mule

Ginger Beer for Moscow Mule

Our customers often ask for our favorite ginger beer for Moscow Mule. Finding the right ginger beer makes all the difference in a perfect tasting Moscow Mule! We love a local ginger beer we recently discovered called Dickie's Ginger. We also love the classic Reed's Ginger Brew that you can find just about anywhere.

What's the best ginger beer for Moscow Mule in your opinion? Let us know in the comments!

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Best Vodka for Moscow Mule

Best Vodka for Moscow Mule

Another great question we're often asked is what is the best vodka for a moscow mule? For special occasions we love using Grey Goose vodka for that VIP edge, and for everyday our favorite is Smirnoff Vodka.

What vodka do you use in your favorite moscow mule recipe?

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White Russian Mule

After a delicious meal we love a slightly sweet cocktail to sip along with our dessert. Enter the White Russian. You've probably had a White Russian in a rocks glass, but have you ever thought to sip on one from a moscow mule mug? Our mugs aren't just for the classic moscow mule! The White Russian looks and tastes divine when paired with a gorgeous handmade mule mug. Your guests will be so impressed with such a unique pairing. Plus the copper mugs help keep the drink extra frosty!

There are only three ingredients in this simple cocktail:

Vodka

We recommend your favorite vodka, and as premium as you can afford.

Coffee Liqueur

A high-quality coffee flavored liqueur is key to this recipe. Kahlua is a classic favorite from Mexico, but we recommend experimenting with other brands you are familiar with. There are also many excellent craft distilleries creating their own signature coffee liqueur that are worth a try.

Heavy Cream

Cream makes this cocktail creamy, rich and unexpected. You could also try substituting milk or a milk-alternative like full-fat coconut milk.

White Russian Mule
Serves 1

Ingredients

2 oz vodka
1 oz coffee flavored liqueur
1 oz heavy cream

Directions

Pour vodka and coffee flavored liqueur over ice in a moscow mule copper mug
Slowly add cream
Stir if desired

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Mexican Mule

Cinco de Mayo is in two days and you need a signature cocktail for your party stat. Look no further! The Mexican Mule tastes like a combination of a margarita and a moscow mule - can you think of a more beautiful pairing? Tequila, ginger beer and lime combine to make this fresh cocktail that's perfect for long summer nights spent on the patio. The nickel-lined copper mugs help keep the drink extra cool and are a great conversation piece. Try this mule drink twist at your next party and score major brownie points for originality!

Three simple ingredients combine to create this flavor powerhouse:

Tequila

Use your favorite tequila and preferably not the cheap swill you drank at university. Our palettes have evolved! ;)

Ginger Beer

A high-quality ginger beer will make this recipe. Everyone's tastes are different, but we prefer ginger beer that is heavy on the ginger and light on the sugar. Make your own homemade ginger beer or check out Dickie's Ginger if you can find it.

Lime Juice

We always advocate for fresh lime juice and think every home bar should have a handheld citrus press to simplify the job of juicing limes. Say goodbye to lime juice in the eye! Unless you enjoy that, in which case, carry on.

Mexican Mule
Serves 1

Ingredients

2 oz tequila
4 oz ginger beer
1/2 oz lime juice
Salted lime wedge

Directions

Add tequila and lime juice to a Moscow Mule copper mug along with crushed ice
Top with ginger beer and a salted lime wedge for garnish

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