Recipes: Vicki Ravlich-Horan | Photography: Ashlee DeCaires
My Moscow Mule
A Moscow Mule is normally a mix of vodka, ginger beer and lime. Often served in a copper mug, this version uses a homemade ginger syrup which is great with or without the vodka.
1½ cups water
1 cup sugar
250g fresh ginger, roughly chopped
peel of small lemon
Place the sugar and water into a small saucepan along with the ginger and lemon peel. Bring to a simmer and allow reduce to approx 1 cup of syrup. Allow to cool overnight before straining the syrup which is ready to use or can be stored in an airtight bottle in the fridge.
In a glass packed with ice, mix 1 part ginger syrup to 3 parts sparkling water (or 2 parts sparkling water to 1 part vodka) along with the juice of half a lime. Stir and serve.
This fun summer drink couldn’t be simpler and the kids (young and old) will love it!
In a tall glass pour in an inch of blueberry sauce (we used Blueberry Country’s, but any good quality berry sauce or homemade coulis will work).
Top this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and then fill the glass with sparkling water.
2 limes, cut into quarters
10 strawberries, hulled and quartered
½ cup packed fresh mint leaves
½ cup simple syrup (equal quantities of sugar and water dissolved together)
1-1½ cups white rum (depending on how strong you like it)
8 cups sparkling water
extra lime, strawberries, and mint for garnish
Squeeze the juice of the lime quarters into a big jug. Add in the strawberries, mint leaves and sugar syrup, and allow to stand for five minutes, or until the strawberries start to release some of their juices.
Using a muddler or a wooden spoon, mash the strawberry mixture together in the bottom of the pitcher to release the flavours.
Add in the juiced lime quarters and rum. Stir, then add in the sparkling water. Gently stir to combine. Pour over ice into glasses and garnish.