CREATIVE MULES SERIES
The Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail that has upheld the sands of time. It’s full of refreshing flavor and stays icy cold in its trademark serving vessel: the copper mug. But every once in a while it’s fun to mix things up and experiment with different flavors and combinations to really take our mules to the next level.
Which is why today we’re excited to announce the launch of our Creative Mule Series! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be giving you all the tools you need to create your very own take on the Moscow Mule. We’ll cover everything you need to know to put your own personal spin on America’s favorite cocktail with exciting flavor combinations and techniques.
In just a few weeks’ time, you’ll be able to elevate your mule to the next level by following just a few simple steps.
Infused vodka is, perhaps surprisingly, incredibly easy to make. Even though there is quite a bit of time spent waiting for the flavors to do their thing, the hands-on time is minimal. Spend just 10 minutes adding your chosen ingredients to the vodka, and in a few days you’ll have a deliciously flavored liquor to spice up ANY cocktail you make, not just your Moscow Mules.
We’ll get to some of our favorite flavors in a moment, but let’s first talk about all you’ll need to make your vodka infusion project a smashing success:
That’s it! We’d venture to guess you already have most of these tools on hand in your kitchen.
Next comes the technique, which is easy for any level of mixologist to master. Simply pour the vodka into your Mason jar, add the flavorings and let everything sit (depending on the chosen flavoring) for anywhere from a couple of hours to a week, shaking occasionally. Ingredients like jalapeños will infuse on the shorter end of the time spectrum, while more mild flavors, such as pineapple, will take a bit longer.There’s also some subjectivity involved, so be sure to taste your vodka frequently as it is going through the infusion process to determine when the flavor is at a point that you really enjoy. You’re the one drinking it, after all!
Once your vodka gets to the perfect point of infusion, you’ll want to strain out the solids so it doesn’t infuse any further. Finally, be sure to refrigerate your infused vodka if you used any perishable ingredients (fresh fruit, herbs, etc.) If you used a shelf-stable flavoring such as dried herbs or vanilla beans, you can store the vodka at room temperature.
Being the cocktail lovers that we are, you can bet we’ve spent some time experimenting with infused vodkas in the MoscowMule.com test kitchen. Here are some of our favorite infused vodka flavors for adding to Moscow Mules:
We find that all these flavors add a refreshing twist to our mules and make them a cut above your average cocktail. Give them a shot the next time your whipping up some drinks for friends and we can guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Depending on how much flavor you’re looking for (and how much infused vodka you want on hand,) the recipe for infusing your own vodka can be highly variable, but if you need just a little guidance, here’s a general recipe to start from so you can take it from there.
Makes approximately 2 cups infused vodka