One of the original vodka cocktails, the Moscow Mule has its roots in Hollywood. It was conceived in the 1940’s as a promotional tool for what was, at the time, a rather unfashionable spirit. A deviously simple combination of vodka, lime, and ginger beer, the Moscow Mule even has its own fancy copper mug! For my version, instead of ginger beer which is carbonated with yeast, I cheated and crafted an extra strong ginger ale. And of course, I had to spice it up by adding a little cardamom. One sip is all you’ll need to convert even the biggest vodka cynic. I promise.

Cardamom Moscow Mule // HonestlyYUM

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 4 oz cardamom ginger ale
  • lime wheel and pinch of ground cardamom for garnish

Cardamom Ginger Ale:

  • 2 teaspoons of finely grated ginger
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 1/2 cup evaporated cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sparkling water

Cardamom Moscow Mule // HonestlyYUM

To make the cardamom ginger ale:

Peel and finely grate the ginger. Set aside.

Cardamom Moscow Mule // HonestlyYUM

Crack open the cardamom pods and grind the seeds using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Set aside.

Cardamom Moscow Mule // HonestlyYUM

Add sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add ginger and ground cardamom and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

Cardamom Moscow Mule // HonestlyYUM

Once the syrup has cooled, strain through a fine mesh strainer. Transfer to a large jar or bottle and add sparkling water. Keep the ginger ale chilled in fridge while you make the rest of your drink.

Cardamom Moscow Mule // HonestlyYUM

To make the cocktail:

Crush ice, either using a Lewis bag or food processor. Fill your cup halfway with crushed ice. Add the vodka, lime juice, and cardamom ginger ale, then top off the remainder of your cup with crushed ice.

Cardamom Moscow Mule // HonestlyYUM

Cut a lime wheel and lay it on the top of the cocktail for garnish.

Cardamom Moscow Mule // HonestlyYUM

Sprinkle a little ground cardamom on top of the cocktail for some added spice.

Cardamom Moscow Mule // HonestlyYUM

And there you have it . . .

Cardamom Moscow Mule // HonestlyYUM

A classic cocktail with a twist, in its own fancy copper mug!

Cardamom Moscow Mule // HonestlyYUM

Cardamom Moscow Mule // HonestlyYUM

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