No, that’s no a typeo…I know how to spell Moscow y’all. I’ve got 99% of a Master’s degree, after all.
With today being MY FAVORITE HUSBAND’S BIRTHDAY, I thought I’d raise a glass, or in this case mug, to his entrance into this world and my life with some bubbly cocktails. Alas, due to my current state of affairs, I'm sharing a mocktail variation for those of us not participating in the alcohol these days.
Now, you may not be pregnant and may prefer to be in Team Moscow Mules...Just because I’m pregnant doesn’t mean y'all can’t enjoy a little alcohol here and there, right?
In the past two years, I discovered the refreshing yet simple cocktail that is the Moscow Mule. The bright zest of the ginger and lime make this one of those dangerously tasty cocktails. Plus, who doesn’t love that super cute copper mug they’re served in?
This past July at my brother in-law's wedding (where I was already one month pregnant and keeping it on the DL as to not steal the thunder of the weekend), my hormonal heart sunk when I saw the specialty cocktail of the night was, indeed, a Moscow Mule, copper mug and all. You see, B.P. (before preggo), I wasn’t drinking a lot since it’s correlated to lower fertility. However, I'm only human and was indulging in a weekly adult beverage even while trying to get pregnant.
You see, I had assumed that when I became pregnant, my body would just know not to want alcohol, to have an aversion to margaritas and Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Nope, nope, and nope.
If fact, this summer when my nausea was in full swing, the idea of a crisp glass of Pinot Grigio was appealing. Don’t worry, I didn’t act on this craving. I know better, y’all.
Thus, my mocktail creations started (instagram friends, y'all had some clues along this summer...)
By combining a variety of carbonated waters, coconut water, Kevitas, kombucha, and juices, I’ve gotten pretty handy at making a tasty mocktail.
To make a convincing Mockscow Mule, I started with the main players of the original adult beverage and tweaked it from there. I kept the signature spicy ginger beer (which is deceptive because it is nonalcoholic) and lime juice. To replace the vodka yet still add some autumnal flavor, I added a little Cranberry-Raspberry La Croix and Berry Acai Kevita (probiotic drink available at the one and only Wal-Mart). Top it off with some ice, fresh lime, and cranberries for a festive touch, and you’ve got yourself a little party in a mug.
When buying ginger beer, please read your ingredients carefully. I was able to find on at Aldi (aka the Narvia of grocery stores) that was organic with no weird additives or ingredients I wouldn’t pronounce. Some out there have high fructose corn syrup. Just read carefully. If you can’t find ginger beer, ginger ale would work; you may want to use less of it since it’s a little sweeter than ginger beer.
Do you have to serve them in the copper mug? Of course not, but they certainly feel much more festive with the mug.
Now, for those of y’all who aren’t currently nourishing a baby inside you, you could add a splash or four of vodka to make it extra celebratory, as my husband prefers to do. The recipe below is, indeed, alcoholic though I provide a simple way to make it a Mockscow Mule.
Whether you are pregnant or just avoid the extra sugar in alcohol, you can still enjoy all the zesty zip of a Moscow Mule sans the hangover. Trust me, it’s still a rather delicious party in a glass.
You are more than welcome to make one tonight to toast my husband’s birthday or to toast the fact that it’s almost Friday. I’ll leave that decision in your hands.
That's all for today, y'all! Check back tomorrow for more fun-filled action with your favorite Healthy, Happy Texan!
And for those of you who rock the mocktail, what are some of your favorites? What would you like to see me take on? Leave me a comment below!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
Come on, let's live a little!