Oh Bank Holidays, in the UK this is the first ones of the year and its a glorious four day weekend. It is finally Spring and the beast from the east, west and anywhere else has finally calmed down. I think this is the cue for blooms and bright mornings but also for cocktails and catch ups. As the lighter evenings come in why not invite your friends round and serve them up some easy to make but super delicious drinks. This is the first cocktail recipe type post I have ever popped on LemonadLies, but do let me know if you want more as I had such fun making these, I mean i purchased a bar cart late last year so I have all the gizmos and gadgets to whip up some cool creations, starting with the mean Moscow Mule!
So lets start with what you’ll need:
Strawberry, Lime and Basil Moscow Mule
Before your start, pop your Moscow Mule mugs in the freezer for 30 mins before making!
- 50 ml Vodka
- 275 ml Ginger Beer (not Ginger Ale)
- 3-5 Basil Leave
- 2 whole limes (one for juicing and one for garnish)
- 4 whole Strawberries (plus extra for garnish)
- 1 handful Crushed Ice
- 2 Moscow Mule mugs
Get your Moscow mule mugs (buy similar from here) into the freezer for about 30 mins prior to making the drinks if you can to start with them extra chilled. Pop your strawberries either right in the mug or a cocktail shaker along with the basil leaves and the juice of one whole lime. Using either a muddler or end of a wooden spoon mash all your ingredients together, then top with just a splash of ginger beer.
In your mug prep it with your 25ml per cup of vodka, followed by your mix which you can either keep as is or strain with the shaker (I prefer mine strained). Now add in a generous handful of crushed ice and top with the ginger beer, do this slowly so it doesn’t over flow with the fizz. Now take one lime slice, a few basil leaves and some strawberry quarters and pop floating on the top.
Cut one line slice and one whole strawberry in the centre and decorate the side of the mug and hey presto, you have a delicious spring to summer creation done in minutes. The cool mug keeps your drink icy cold and these are for me a bit of a show stopper as the mug and matching straws make it look like it should be hard, really it isn’t so you can impress your guests with your mixology skills.
It is a really light and fresh drink but the basil and ginger beer give it a little kick of spice, the citrus of the lime cuts through the sweetness and the strawberries tie it all together. A huge win for me and one i will for sure be making again, though I know i will have to make them on mass at BBQs this summer now!
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