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Giada De Laurentiis’ Moscow Mule

Giada De Laurentiis’ Moscow Mule ~ A twist on the classic cocktail of ginger, vodka, and lime by infusing the vodka with mint as envisioned by celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis.Giada De Laurentiis' Moscow Mule ~ A twist on the classic cocktail of ginger, vodka, and lime by infusing the vodka with mint as envisioned by celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis~ The Complete SavoristI was first introduced to the Moscow Mule about 6 years ago. It’s been a favorite ever since. Plus, how can you resist the cocktail when it comes served in its own special copper mug? Over the years, I have had several different twists on the classic and all have been delicious. This version, using mint, just might be one of the best. 

This might come as a shock to anyone, I know it did me, but in every important way, this is Giada’s recipe. Measurements are hers, ingredients are hers. The only real difference was how I went about making the simple syrup and I added a garnish, or at least Darla did. I didn’t adapt the recipe. I followed the directions (for the most part) out of a cookbook. I’m probably more shocked than any of you.

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Darla and I both love cookbooks. We buy several new ones a year. We both read them like regular books. And often, we buy them for each other. Recently Darla bought me Giada De Laurentiis’ new book Happy Cooking . The book itself is pretty. The images and recipes are amazing. But I’m not here to review her cookbook, but it is one worth having in your collection.Giada De Laurentiis' Moscow Mule ~ A twist on the classic cocktail of ginger, vodka, and lime by infusing the vodka with mint as envisioned by celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis~ The Complete SavoristIn the back of the cookbook, Giada has ideas for gifts and that’s where this Moscow Mule recipe is. Darla discovered it and eagerly told me to check it out. We both are huge fans of the mule. We had no intention of making it as a gift for anyone other than ourselves.

It’s really easy to make, but does requiring some pre-planning if you want to serve this at a party. The plain vodka will take at least three days to be infused with the mint. Discard the mint after at least three days. You can leave it in longer, but not too many more days. In our case, the mint did color the vodka, it wasn’t the prettiest of colors. The ginger simple syrup is also a deeper, darker color. But if you use the traditional copper mugs, the darker mule color is obscured.

I love the traditional Moscow mule, but this mint version is amazing. If you love mint, you will love this recipe. Giada De Laurentiis' Moscow Mule ~ A twist on the classic cocktail of ginger, vodka, and lime by infusing the vodka with mint as envisioned by celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis~ The Complete Savorist

Giada De Laurentiis' Moscow Mule

Course: Beverage/Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

Mint Infused Vodka

  • 1-750 ml bottle vodka
  • 2 bunches fresh mint

Ginger Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-3 " piece of fresh ginger; roughly chopped

Cocktail Ingrediens

  • 1/2 cup mint infused vodka
  • 1/2 cup ginger simple syrup
  • 2/3 cup sparkling water
  • Ice

Optional Garnish

  • Candied ginger
  • Fresh mint leaves

Instructions

Mint Infused Vodka

  1. Clean and dry the fresh mint.
  2. Either remove a few ounces of the vodka and push the mint into the bottle or pour the vodka into another glass container (2 qt), add the mint.
  3. Seal and store at room temperature for at least 3 days.
  4. After the 3 days, remove the mint, discard it and seal the vodka.

Ginger Simple Syrup

  1. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add the water, sugar, and roughly chopped ginger.
  2. Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce the heat, stirring occasionally allow it to simmer for at least 5 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved and the liquid has reduced slightly.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 20 minutes.
  4. Using a fine mesh strainer, drain the liquid and discard the ginger.
  5. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Cocktail Assembly

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add the mint infused vodka, the ginger simple syrup, and the sparkling water, cover and gently shake to combine, or stir it.
  2. Add a few ice cubes to the copper mugs or glasses.
  3. Pour into two copper mugs or glasses.
  4. Garnish with the optional candied ginger and fresh mint.
  5. Enjoy responsibly.

Giada De Laurentiis' Moscow Mule ~ A twist on the classic cocktail of ginger, vodka, and lime by infusing the vodka with mint as envisioned by celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis~ The Complete SavoristGiada De Laurentiis' Moscow Mule ~ A twist on the classic cocktail of ginger, vodka, and lime by infusing the vodka with mint as envisioned by celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis~ The Complete Savorist

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Sheena
    June 30, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try these! No excuse not to make them now with the recipe right here! Looks delicious!

  • Reply
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen
    June 30, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    I really need to try infusing vodka with mint. At least that way, I can consider it healthy. LOL.
    Great looking Moscow Mule. Your photos leave my licking my lips!

  • Reply
    Amanda | The Chunky Chef
    June 30, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of Giada’s recipes… and this one looks amazing!

  • Reply
    Kimberly
    June 30, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Those are such gorgeous pics and ginger-mint is always a winning combo!

  • Reply
    Lauren @ Hall nesting
    July 1, 2016 at 6:49 am

    This is one of our favorite drinks! Beautiful pictures

  • Reply
    eat good 4 life
    July 1, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Oh yes, totally what I need right now. I also love those mugs. So unique!

  • Reply
    Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar
    July 2, 2016 at 6:55 am

    I’m obsessed with Giada!!! I’ve got to try one of these!

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