When my friends and I get together for a fun girls night in, we love to start the night with cocktails. In fact, back in the day, we used to get out my great grandma’s old punch bowl and do what we liked to call “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Punch Bowl”. Each person would get to take the punch bowl to their house and come up with a fun punch bowl recipe. It made for some pretty interesting celebrations let me tell ya!
The punch bowl has since been retired, but we still love starting our nights off with a cocktail. The problem always seems to be how do we make this cocktail fun and different (aka not a margarita!).
Enter the Mexican Mule made with Barritt’s Ginger Beer!
This cocktail involves our girls night in favorite ingredient: TEQUILA! It’s our go-to spirit so we were excited when we found out it was the secret ingredient in this recipe.
To make the most delicious Mexican Mule this side of the Mississippi, you will need:
Barritt’s Ginger Beer – comes in diet too!
Moscow Mule cups or mason jars if you want to be extra cute!
Fill the glass halfway with ice.
Pour 2 oz. tequila (about a shot and a half) into the glass along with 1 oz. lime juice and 4 oz. of Barritt’s Ginger Beer.
Add jalapeno for heat. You can also leave this out, but I can’t handle a lot of heat and this added some nice spice for me.
Stir it all up!
Garnish with a lime and drink up!
The Barritt’s Ginger Beer really cuts the tequila well. One of my friends even said she couldn’t tell there was alcohol in it! That’s a good thing because no one wants to be wincing after every sip, but also a warning to not add too much tequila!
You can look up where to buy Barritt’s using their website, but it can for sure be found at Target and Mariano’s (and even 7-11!).
We only tried the Mexican Mule last night, but Barritt’s also has great ideas for other types of cocktails like an Irish Mule or a Pimm’s Cup, so definitely check out their recipe section too!
Back in January, I went to Nashville to visit my friend Sarah and while we were there we hit up a swanky, hidden little absinthe bar called Green Hour in Germantown. During the day, it’s a chocolate bar and at night it transforms into an absinthe bar. If you’re in Nashville, this place is for sure worth checking out. The bartender/owner is a master mixologist.
This was and remains the only time someone has made me a cocktail with absinthe that I actually enjoyed! And since tomorrow is National Absinthe Day (March 5th), I thought I would share a modified recipe of the one I tried in Nashville. I say modified because his version had a lot of bitters and aromas and while those def MADE the drink, I’m not that fancy at home. I like to keep things as simple as possible in the kitchen!
Btw, absinthe does NOT make you hallucinate…at least not the kind that you buy at Binny’s and is made commercially. So don’t worry, trying it will not make you loopy like the movies make it seem. However, it does have a really high alcohol content so be careful with how many you consume.
Absinthe Isn’t For Me, But This One Is Recipe
.5 ounce absinthe
.5 ounce vodka
.5 ounce Sauvignon Blanc (but I also added a dash on top – a floater if you will)
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup (you can infuse this if you want with a flavor!)
Finely chopped parsley
For garnishing, I added parsley sprigs to mine
First, we will make our simple syrup. In a saucepan over medium heat, dissolve sugar in the water. Stir and cook until it begins to bubble. Remove from heat and allow to come to room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Juice a lemon into a measuring cup. Set aside.
Get out a cocktail shaker OR use two Solo Cups as a cocktail shaker. Fill up the shaker halfway with ice.
Mix all the ingredients including the lemon juice in a cocktail shaker/Solo Cups and shake until all mixed.
Pour into your Solo Cup of choice – mine were Solo Clear Eco-Forward Plastic Cups and garnish with parsley! Like I said above, I also added a floater of Sauvignon Blanc on top because I love me some wine.
Corpse Reviver Recipe
This recipe was found on the Wattlebird Blog and I just edited it a little for my taste!
.75 oz gin
.75 oz Verjus (mine was from Dablon Vineyards)
.75 oz triple sec
.75 oz lemon juice
.25 oz absinthe
In a cocktail shaker, or a Solo Cup, fill halfway with ice.
Add the rest of the ingredients and shake it like a salt shaker baby!
It has been a dream of mine for a while to get out of Chicago for NYE. It just feels more exotic somehow! So this year, my friend and I decided to go visit our friend who moved to Nashville two years ago. Nashville seemed like a good idea since it’s usually a lot warmer than Chicago and we were hoping to wear fall coats and boots and romp around the city sight-seeing.
Of course, it ended up being a balmy 9 degrees most of the weekend so staying warm was key! And since it was a vacation, after all, we figured the best way to do that was to spike our coffees and hot chocolates as we ran around Nashville using Solo Hot Cups to Go.
Below are some of my favorite recipes for spiking my hot beverages in the winter. These are great to transition from afternoon to night too and keep you caffeinated and warm. And they are all SUPER easy because as you all know, I am all for the simple and easy when it comes to cooking or making a beverage. That way you can consume it sooner and faster! And by using Solo Hot Cups to Go, it was a simple and easy cleanup. In other words, there was no cleanup!
The Hot Bird
1.5 ounces Songbird Coffee Liqueur by Cardinal Spirits
6 oz. hot coffee
This one is simple. Just add the liqueur to your coffee and top with whipped cream (or don’t!) and you’ve got one spiked hot coffee that is good to go sight-seeing with!
An Irish Winter
1 1/2 oz. chocolate flavored whiskey
1 hot chocolate packet
A dash of peppermint oil/extract
Make your hot cocoa. I’m a single lazy girl, so I buy either buy my hot chocolate at a coffee shop or get the pre-made packets from the grocery store and then add the whiskey and peppermint oil and top with as many marshmallows as I please! I love this one because it tastes nothing like alcohol and everything like chocolate and peppermint! It’s like a Frango mint.
Spicy Cumin Margarita
2 oz. Spice Note cumin tequila
2 oz. lime juice
2 oz. simple syrup
OK, I know I know. This one is not very warm. In fact, you probably want some ice in your to go cup. But, this tequila warms you up with one sip because it’s spicy! And the to go cups keep your hands the perfect temperature! Place all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake it like a salt shaker and then pour over ice (or don’t pour over ice if you’re freezing!).