I needed to hurry.
My parents – who stay with us each summer – are about to return to Florida, and my dad absolutely loves Moscow Mules.
I have to admit, I’d never tried one before he got into them, and if you’ve never either you really should.
So what is a Moscow Mule?
It’s a classic cocktail made with vodka, ginger beer and lime juice. It’s traditionally served in a copper mug and garnished with a wedge of lime (read this article in Liquor.com for more history). It is super light, refreshing and flavorful, and I just knew it would make for a perfect popsicle!
But I wanted to step it up a bit.
To start, I wanted the pop to be a little sweeter than the cocktail, so I decided to make a simple syrup. But I didn’t stop there, and infused the syrup with some freshly sliced ginger (which I always have on hand, thanks to this tip).
I also added some lime zest along with the juice, for color and even more flavor.
And here we have them!
The ginger beer adds a nice effervescence, which you don’t typically experience in a popsicle.
And my dad loved them.
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
5 slices of peeled fresh ginger
1 lime, juiced and zested (read here for the best way to juice a lime!)
2 tablespoons vodka
1 cup ginger beer
Make the simple syrup: Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, add the ginger and cover. Cool to room temperature; strain and discard the ginger (refrigerate if not using right away).
Pour the lime juice and zest, vodka and ginger beer into a spouted cup. Add 2 tablespoons of the simple syrup and stir. Taste and add more syrup if desired. Pour into your popsicle molds and freeze for 1 hour, or till slushy. Use a thin knife or skewer to distribute the zest, add your popsicle sticks and freeze overnight.
Remove pops from molds by running briefly under hot water.
Note: any leftover simple syrup may be kept in the fridge and used to sweeten lemonade, iced tea or cocktails!
This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver
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