Blackberry Moscow Mules

This winter has been rough. With little motivation for baking or cooking, I’ve resorted to a lot of boxed wine and Chipotle burritos.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love boxed wine and Chipotle burritos, but I needed to mix things up a bit. Which is why we spent Friday’s ice storm watching movies, baking homemade pizza and making these beauties.

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A tasty take on the traditional mule, this cocktail is a great way to sweeten up your evening.

Blackberry Moscow Mules

  • 1 bottle of ginger beer
  • 2 shots of vodka
  • 1 cup of blackberries (Get wild and try strawberries or blueberries!)
  • Sprinkle of sugar (to taste)
  • Mint for garnish
  1.  In a (pourable) bowl, mash fruit, vodka and a pinch of sugar until blended.
  2. In a cocktail glass, pour ginger beer over ice — about half the bottle.
  3. Pour fruit mixture on top and blend.
  4. Garnish with mint.

Baker’s Notes: This will make 2-3 glasses, so share with a friend! Omit the vodka for a mocktail. If you’re not a huge fan of blackberry seeds, drain before pouring over ginger beer.

Recipe adopted from here.

Happy Hour: Pomegranate Margaritas and Hoosier Hysteria

Gah. Hoosier Hysteria begins tonight. Do you know what that means? Tons of IU basketball! And to start off the season, Greg and I have an upstanding tradition of putting on candy-strip pants and making pomegranate margaritas.

IMG_1380Adopted from How Sweet Treats, this cocktail is a great hybrid when you want a little summer with your pomegranate, and a little fall with your marg. Take a sip, and enjoy with caution. (I make ’em strong).

Hoosier Hysteria Pom Margarita: 

  • 2 shots of your favorite tequila
  • 2 shots of orange liquor
  • 2 shots of fresh pomegranate juice
  • 2 shots lime
  • Pomegranate arils to garnish and snack

In a cocktail shaker, pour ingredients and shake with vigor. Salt or sugar rim of margarita glass. Pour over ice and serve. Serves 2-4 (depending on how big your glass is).