Step aside Moscow Mules because this time of year I’m all about the Moscow Reindeer! A minty version of everyone’s favorite cocktail made with muddled mint (or fresh muddled peppermint if you can find it), crushed candy cane and of course a candy cane garnish. The combination of ginger and mint is pure holiday perfection…
I’ve posted a whole bunch of different variations of the Moscow Mule here on the blog but never thought to add mint until a recent trip to Trader Joe’s. I was standing in the checkout line when I spotted a huge display of their Triple Brewed Ginger beer. “Mmm, Moscow Mules sound so good right now!” “I wonder if I can make a Christmas version?” And so the Moscow Reindeer was born.
In fact I turned to Jason in that moment and asked, “Do you think peppermint and ginger would be a good combination?” to which he replied, “no.” Ha ha! Ho ho! Oh, how wrong he was. Mint was MADE for mules, I tell you, and the candy cane melts into the cocktail as you drink it giving it even more pepperminty flavor. Just fabulous!
I muddled a big handful of mint straight into the crushed ice in my copper mugs but if bits of mint in your drink aren’t your thing, you can always shake this cocktail up in a cocktail shaker and strain it before pouring in the ginger beer.
Does that not look so deliciously refreshing? This cocktail is on the menu for my family Christmas dinner. I’m hosting again this year and will obviously need something festive to serve for sipping! I’m making Pioneer Woman’s Prime Rib recipe for the second year in a row as well as sticky toffee pudding for dessert. I love a classic holiday menu, don’t you?
While this isn’t quite a traditional Christmas cocktail…I know it will be a hit with the fam. Come to think of it, I might just make a big old pitcher of these cocktails. Less work for me and more time spent enjoying family. Cheers!
- handful of fresh mint (or fresh peppermint)
- 2 oz vodka
- juice of 1/2 a lime
- 6 oz ginger beer (more or less to taste)
- crushed candy cane- for garnish
- whole candy cane- for garnish
- crushed ice
- Fill copper mule mug with crushed ice and handful of mint. Muddle.
- Stir in vodka, lime juice and top with ginger beer.
- Sprinkle crushed candy cane on top and garnish with a whole candy cane.