Y’all, if I see one more $17 cocktail out in bar I’m going to lose. my. mind. I appreciate a well-crafted cocktail, so I begrudgingly accepted when the standard price became around $10 a few years ago. All of a sudden a drink was not just a gin and tonic, it was local gin, made by people I actually kinda knew through a friend of a friend, and not gin they made in their bathtub, but real gin. Oh, and the tonic was made there. In the bar. And it was brown, which would have weirded me out except it was the most delicious thing ever, and garnished with a strawberry from the farm I drove by on the way there that shouldn’t have worked but it did. It did.
Craft Cocktails. They are such a wonderful thing. For $10. But for $17? For seventeen American dollars, I’ll stay home. I’ll buy a bottle of real wine, from a region I recognize and chose with intention. For $17 I could buy a bottle of wine good enough to consider the minerality of the soil where the grapes were grown. I could! Or, I could buy a cocktail, just one, in downtown Charleston. It’s absurd. So in the last year, I have been toying around with making cocktails at home. Not just “we’re watching football” vodka sodas, but fun cocktails, with good ingredients. They don’t show up on the blog too much because, frankly, you readers don’t seem to like when I post cocktails. Cocktail recipes perform lower than other recipes, so I don’t post too many of them, because I love you, dear reader. I do. But you know what else I love?
So today, a fun little recipe for a Cranberry Moscow Mule, and even if you get the fancy cranberry juice, real ginger beer, and vodka that doesn’t taste like rubbing alcohol, you can make a pitcher of these guys for under $17 for your next Christmas Party.
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- 5 ounces Ginger Beer
- 3 oz Cranberry Juice
- 2 oz Vodka
- 3 Grand Marnier Cranberries ( optional but fabulous )
- Pour all ingredients over ice and stir.
- Garnish with Grand Marnier Cranberries.