Most people have heard of a Moscow Mule, a simple drink made with vodka, lime juice and ginger beer. The Moscow Mule has many variations and it’s incredibly easy to change to your tastes. You can change the spirit, add different syrups or fresh ingredients.
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Mezcal or Tequila?
Don’t have mezcal? While you can use tequila, the flavors are not the same. Mezcal has a smoky flavor that makes it distinctly different from tequila. It’s hard to hide the flavor of Mezcal in a cocktail.
Like tequila, mezcal is also made from agave. However, there are many different types of agave and the type of agave that tequila and mezcal come from is just one of the differences between the two. They also are produced in different regions of Mexico. The other main difference is how they are produced. Tequila is made by steaming agave inside industrial ovens and then distilling in copper pots. Mezcal is cooked inside earthen pits filled with lava rocks, wood and charcoal then distilled in clay pots.
Want more Mezcal recipes? Try this Spicy Pineapple Mezcal Margarita.
While there are some rosemary syrups available to purchase online, it’s incredibly easy to make at home. All you need is water, sugar and some fresh rosemary. While some people may find the idea of making their own syrups intimidating, trust me, if you can boil water then you can make a syrup!
- 2 oz Mezcal
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- 1/2 oz rosemary syrup
- 2 oz ginger beer
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 rosemary sprigs
- Add mezcal, lime juice and rosemary syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake and strain into a glass with ice.
- Top with ginger beer.
- Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary
- Bring water to a boil
- Add sugar and rosemary
- Bring to a low heat and stir until sugar dissolves
- Allow rosemary to steep and for syrup to cool for 30-60 minutes
- Transfer to an airtight container and store refrigerated for up to 3 weeks