1 cup Ocean Spray cranberry juice (or your favorite brand)
1cupfreshly squeezed lime juice
fresh rosemary sprigs sliced limes and fresh cranberries for garnishif desired
In a large pitcher, combine the ice, ginger beer, vodka, cranberry juice and lime juice.
Once the ingredients are a bit chilled, pour into ice-filled copper mugs.
Garnish, if desired, and serve.
As far as I can tell, Moscow Mules made in a pitcher are very similar to Moscow Mule Punch, though most recipes are made in a bigger batch since you’re likely trying to fill a punch bowl. Some folks also like to add a bit of sparkling soda (or club soda) to stretch the punch a bit further.
Fresh lime juice is always going to be your best bet for making almost any cocktail, but sometimes things just happen! I’ve used bottled lime juice plenty of times and it does work.
Most bottled lime juice is actually concentrate, so take care that you don’t add too much thinking it will be like freshly-squeezed lime juice. I’d use about half the amount listed in the recipe and add more if needed – always go by taste the first time.
As for vodka for making Cranberry Mules, I usually buy a vodka that’s mid-priced. I enjoy Tito’s vodka though sometimes it’s a bit pricey so I often buy Skyy vodka in the big blue bottle – it makes a delicious cocktail.
Everybody has their own opinions about ginger beer. I’ve tried lots of different brands but usually wind up using Gosling’s ginger beer from Walmart since I’m already there for other things.
I love Moscow Mules made with the regular Gosling’s ginger beer (of course) but often wind up using the diet Gosling’s ginger beer when I’m TRYING to be good. The diet Gosling’s ginger beer still make a very tasty Moscow Mule, trust me.
Because I’m a fan of all things beer, and all things ginger, I love to drink ginger beer straight up over ice for a refreshing beverage in the summer. You may too!
Do NOT stress about copper mugs for making and serving Moscow Mules. I didn’t have any until I spied them on sale at Target one day. Use your favorite high ball glass or even a wine glass – nobody is going to care, truly.
Copper mugs do make a nicely chilled Moscow Mule, I will say that. I was surprised at how much that contributed to the experience of a really chilled toddy. That said, I do believe the copper mugs are a good investment. Be sure they don’t land in the dish washer – always hand wash copper mugs.