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Pomegranate Rosemary Moscow Mule – A festive twist on the classic Moscow Mule, made with bruised rosemary, pomegranate juice and Schweppes ® Ginger Ale
Ahh the moscow mule… it’s the trendy drink of my generation. You can’t go anywhere without seeing it on a menu and everyone gets so excited about those copper mugs – even my mom. And she doesn’t even drink!
So are you shocked that it’s the inspiration of my newest festive cocktail made with Schweppes Ginger Ale?
And today, I bring to you the festive drink to top all festive drinks – the Pomegranate Rosemary Moscow Mule!
And when I say festive, I mean festive. I mean, look at the pomegranate seeds and sprig of rosemary! Doesn’t it look like holly berries and pine tree branches?! You can’t get much more festive than that, people.
Classic moscow mules are made with 3 simple ingredients: lime, vodka, and ginger beer. Ginger beer is a fermented drink with a bold ginger flavor. The ginger is particularly strong for me so I prefer using Schweppes ® Ginger Ale for a sweeter take on the flavor. You can easily find it in the soda aisle of your local Walmart.
Many cocktails tend to be garnished with herbs instead of mixed with herbs. But I want that flavor to shine through the whole drink. I thought about infusing the vodka, similar to what I did with this drink. But that takes some time so I didn’t want to bother with it for this recipe.
Instead, I decided to bruise the rosemary leaves a little with a muddler (or you can use a mortar and pestle). This will help the oils release from the leaves and mix a hint of rosemary essence into the drink. And thus, the rosemary isn’t just for garnish – it’s got a role in the drink, as well!
After bruising the leaves, you simply add the lime juice, vodka, and pomegranate juice and stir together. Distribute the mixture between two mugs filled with ice and then top with Schweppes ® Ginger Ale. Don’t forget the garnishes – pomegranate seeds and rosemary sprigs make all the difference in the presentation. And presentation is EVERYTHING when it comes to festive drinks.
This recipe perfectly makes two drinks. You can easily make a pitcher of these, if you’re serving a crowd. But I recommend making the base without the ginger ale because it will lose the fizz when it’s stirred in a pitcher. So you should make the base, pour into mugs, and then top with the ginger ale when serving.
And if you don’t have copper mugs of your own yet, you can pick some up during your Walmart trip. That’s one of my favorite things about my Walmart trips – it’s a one-stop shop!
This is drink is as simple as they get, guys. But that won’t stop me from sharing some tips! I’ll warn you, though, you may have seen some of these before in my other drink posts:
- Only use fresh lime juice in this drink – and forever. I have never been a fan of buying lime juice in a bottle because it’s too tart and tastes different to me. You just cannot get the same flavor without using the fresh stuff.
- Pomegranates are not yet available in my local Walmart so I bought the pomegranate seeds from the produce section rather than seeding a pomegranate myself. If this is the same for you, check the refrigerated fruit area. If you’re struggling to find it, you can use cranberries.
- Always make sure to top off your drink with ginger ale after it’s been stirred already. The more you stir carbonated drinks, the quicker the fizz will escape.
After you purchase your Schweppes Ginger Ale for this recipe, make sure to upload your receipt to Schweppesholidayga.com to receive a free festive Schweppes scarf (when you spend $10 or more on any Schweppes products)! Giveaway period is 11/15 through 12/22.
I hope you enjoyed today’s festive cocktail. What other seasonal cocktails are you making right now? Let me know in the comments below! And make sure to check out www.schweppesholidaysips.com for even MORE holiday drink inspiration.
Pomegranate Rosemary Moscow Mule
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 4 ounces vodka
- 3 ounces pomegranate juice
- 9 ounces Schweppes Ginger Ale
- pomegranate seeds for garnish
- Pinch of a few leaves off one sprig of rosemary (about 10). Set aside sprigs for garnish. Place into a pint glass and bruise leaves with a muddler to release the flavor. Add lime juice, vodka, and pomegranate juice. Stir together. Set aside
- Fill two copper mugs with ice, about 2/3 full. Split juice/vodka mixture among the two mugs. Fill mugs with Schweppes Ginger Ale, to taste. If you want it stronger, add a few splashes. If not, fill to the top (max of 4.5 ounces per mug). Garnish with one sprig of rosemary and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds per mug.