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Author Notes: A Moscow Mule is my go-to drink order. I've had a lot of them – good and bad. The good ones are made with top notch ginger beer that's spicy and a little sweet. However, most brands you find at the grocery store are light on the ginger and heavy on the sugar. To fix this, you can make a super easy ginger syrup to add along with the ginger beer. —Look Cook
tablespoons white sugar
tablespoon ginger – unpeeled, finely grated
cup ginger beer
tablespoon lime juice
tablespoon ginger syrup
- Make the ginger syrup by adding the water, sugar, and ginger to a small saucepan. Stir it all together and bring to a boil – this should only take a minute or two. Once boiling, remove from heat and let it hang out for 10 minutes.
- Strain the syrup into a cup, then use the back of a spoon to press out any remaining liquid. No strainer? Pour the syrup through a coffee filter instead.
- In a copper tumbler (optional, but looks fancy), add the vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, and ginger syrup. Stir and then add lots of ice and a slice of lime. There will be enough leftover syrup for several more drinks – if you don't use it all at once, you can store it in the fridge for a couple of weeks.