You all might remember that I am part of Netflix’s #StreamTeam. As a way to announce their newest animated, original series, The Adventures of Puss in Boots (now playing), they’ve asked us to talk about our own favorite four-legged friends. So I made a Strawberry Mint Moscow Mule recipe for you. “Huh?” you say…
You see, my family doesn’t have any animals. From allergies and renting a home to our lack of interest in caring for animals, we are an animal free home. I guess that isn’t entirely true. I really love my Jonathan Adler ceramic hedgehog my husband got me for Valentine’s a few years ago. And I love this colorful woven elephant I picked up at a Furbish Studio dinner at Alt Summit last year. These are the kinds of animals that thrive in my home. So unless they are electronic or super cute home decor, we won’t be getting animals any time soon. So my favorite animal is a Moscow Mule. I think that totally counts.
I love a good Moscow Mule but I wanted to do a strawberry variety. I know it isn’t quite strawberry season yet, but the strawberries at my local store looked pretty good so I picked some up to create a twist on one of my fave cocktails.
Although a simple syrup is a really great way to get flavor in to a cocktail, I don’t enjoy the sweetness. So for this, I decided to mash the crap out of them. If I had had a little more time, I would have added just a smidge of sugar and let the berries macerate a bit to produce more juice. But I’m super impatient. I added chopped strawberries to my jar, added a few fresh mint leaves and then smashed them all up with a muddler.
Then I made a pretty standard Moscow Mule but added some of the strawberry smush. If you’ve never made one, you simply add all the ingredients to the cocktail shaker (except the ginger beer – shaking that up would end up with you wearing it due to the carbonation) and shake.
I was super excited to get to try out my new copper mugs that my mom got me for Christmas. LOVE them! Thanks, mommy!
Just because we don’t have animals of our own doesn’t mean that they aren’t part of our lives. My youngest son LOVES animals! He lights up when he sees puppies. He loves to read about all kinds of animals. And he LOVES to watch shows about or staring animals. When he saw the previews for The Adventures of Puss in Boots, he got super excited and asked if we could watch it right then. Netflix is his favorite place to watch shows about animals.
He loves any of the “Buddies” movies, like Snow Buddies. Milo and Otis is a fave. He only continued to watch Annie because of Sandy. And Air Bud? Forget it. Don’t even try talking to him when that is on.
- 1½ oz. vodka
- ½ oz. fresh lime juice
- a handful of fresh strawberries
- a few leaves of fresh mint
- Ginger Beer
- In a small jar or bowl, add the fresh strawberries and 4 mint leaves and muddle together.
- In a cocktail shaker, add vodka, lime juice and strawberry mixture.
- Add ice and shake.
- Strain over fresh ice in short glass or copper mug (taking care that the strawberry pulp may block the strainer)
- Top with ginger beer.
- Take 3 mint leaves and clap them between your hands.
- Serve with mint leaves on top of the cocktail.
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