Cranberry Moscow Mule with Homemade Ginger Ale

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Homemade fresh Ginger Ale, made with natural honey and fresh ginger. Also, an easy holiday cocktail recipe of - Cranberry Moscow Mule made with homemade ginger ale. So, it is a two-in-one recipe.

When I have guests coming over, I like to make two version of same drink - one for kids and one for adults. So this two-in-one recipe gives everyone something to enjoy. For kids, I make simple ginger ale. Sometimes add some sliced oranges or grilled apples or strawberries to make it look colorful and festive. 

For adults, I make cocktail using same ginger ale base (which saves me time from mixing two drinks.) Cranberry Moscow Mule with some alcohol, ginger ale and fresh cranberries not only look festive but taste amazing. Choosing a different color and fruit for adult's cocktail makes it easier to distinguish. :)

Idea of homemade ginger ale stems from my love for Indian Ginger Chai Tea. When I first tasted Ginger Beer, I feel in love with idea of a strong ginger-spice in cold beverages. Since ginger beer is fermented cousin of Ginger Ale........

Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time:
Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 4 Servings Serves: 4

Ingredients

    Homemade Ginger Ale

  • 1/4 Cup Ginger (juice, juice of about 250 grams of fresh ginger)
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • Sparkling Water (as needed)
  • 1 tbsp Lime (juice)
  • Cranberry Moscow Mule

  • Cranberries (fresh, for garnish)
  • Raspberries (fresh, for garnish)
  • Basil (leaves or fresh mint, for garnish)
  • 2 tbsp Cranberries (syrup, or raspberry syrup)
  • Sparkling Water (as needed)
  • 1/4 Cup Ginger Ale Syrup (Preferably homemade Ginger Ale, recipe above)
  • 1/4 Cup Vodka (2 fluid ounce)
  • 2 tbsp Lime (juice)

Directions

  • 1. Ginger Ale Syrup: In a sauce pan, add water and honey, bring to boil then simmer for 5 minutes on medium heat. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely. Juice the ginger to yield 1/4 cup ginger juice. Mix ginger juice and lime juice in honey syrup and set aside.
  • 2. To Make Ginger Ale: Fill four copper mugs or glasses of your choice with ice cubes, add 3-4 tablespoon of Ginger Ale syrup in each mug. Top with sparkling water. Garnish with fresh mint leaves or basil leaves and ginger candy (optional). Serve cold and enjoy!!
  • 3. Berry Moscow Mule: In a cocktail shaker, combine ice ginger ale syrup, cranberry syrup, lime juice, and vodka. Shake well. Pour into two glasses filled with ice. Top with sparkling water.
  • 4. Garnish with fresh berries, and basil or mint leaves. Serve and enjoy!
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