I am loving that it is summer. This summer is so different from last summer. Last summer J was still crawling so while we would go to the park and walk him in the stroller that lasted about 30 minutes. We didn’t really go outside much except for that because we didn’t want him crawling around in our yard.
This year J is running and climbing all over the place and loves to be outside. We go to the park and he will happily play for 1-2 hours. We go out in the yard and he plays until we make him go in. He loves to walk up and down the street and wave at all the people and cars. I love that we are outside so much and that he is having as much fun as I am.
Of course being outside so much has me thirsty. While I usually go for water or iced tea in the summer it’s nice to have a cocktail every now and then especially since I don’t work in the summer. My go to summer beverages are chilled white wine, mojitos, or a margarita on the rocks but sometimes it’s nice to have something else.
I’ve been making a lot of Moscow Mules. We keep ginger beer in our downstairs refrigerator for whenever the mood strikes and we want a mule. Usually I make fruity mules but today I wanted something different. I looked in my pantry to see if anything struck my fancy and I found a bottle of vanilla vodka and this drink just went from there.
This Cinnamon Vanilla Moscow Mule is delicious and very different from any other mule I’ve ever had. Most mules have some type of fruit in them but this one doesn’t. This one has vanilla vodka, ginger beer, and brown sugar cinnamon syrup. If you don’t have brown sugar cinnamon syrup you can make your own following my recipe but I happen to have it so I used it.
The combination of spiced ginger beer and cinnamon along with the smooth vanilla and sweet brown sugar was delicious. It’s so different from any other drink I’ve had but it was really, really good. While I’ve been drinking it in the summer this is also a cocktail I could see myself sipping in front of the fire in the middle of winter.
For the Cinnamon Vanilla Moscow Mule:
- 6 oz. ginger beer
- 1 oz. vanilla vodka
- 1-2 t. cinnamon brown sugar syrup
- 3-4 oz. bubbly water
For the simple syrup:
- ¼ c. brown sugar
- ¼ c. water
- 1 T. cinnamon
- To make the mule fill a glass with ice.
- Pour the ginger beer and vodka into the glass on top of the ice. Add the cinnamon brown sugar syrup and stir.
- Fill the cup with bubble water. Give it a stir and enjoy!
- To make the simple syrup pour all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.
- Store in an air tight container for up to 3 weeks.
A Hezzi-D original recipe