Drinking is easily one of the quickest ways to spend your money without realizing it, but many cocktails can be made at home for a lot less (and healthier, too). A Moscow Mule from scratch is a fun drink, but can be costly when using premium vodkas and ginger beer. Ginger root is relatively cheap when purchased in small quantities, and the strong flavor requires no need for top shelf liquor, so bring on the plastic bottles of booze. This batch of Moscow Mules can be made for less than $10, and serves two.
- 1-2 inches fresh ginger root
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sparkling water
- 4 ounces vodka
- small handful of fresh mint leaves
- 4 limes
- ice as desired
- Begin by grating or finely chopping 1-2 inches of fresh ginger root. The more you use, the stronger it will taste!
- Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan, and add the ginger and sugar. Simmer until you're left with about ½ cup of liquid (5-10 minutes) and the sugar is dissolved, stirring often.
- Allow the liquid to cool, and then strain ginger from the syrup through a fine mesh strainer or coffee filter.
- Cut the limes in half, and juice all except one half (save it to make garnishes) into a pitcher.
- Add vodka and sparkling water into the pitcher, then add ice.
- Add the cooled ginger syrup to the pitcher and stir well.
- Pour over two glasses (or copper mugs!), and garnish with lime wedges and mint.