January 5, 2015

Last weekend I headed over to Maison Premiere to celebrate the launch of The Liquor Cabinet, a guide to all things cocktails, started by my friend Patrick and his brothers Peter and Sean. I happened to not have my camera with me, but the space and event were too beautiful not to capture a few images with my iPhone. 

At the event, we were able to upgrade our liquor stock by obtaining a bottle of each of the 5 basic components needed to start a proper liquor cabinet: vodka, tequila, rum, bourbon and gin. We were then encouraged to open those bottles right up to start experimenting and learning how to make cocktails.

My spirit of choice is typically bourbon, but I decided to go with something a little lighter for my cocktail; it was only noon after all! I told the bartender that I was interested in something light, yet spicy (I also don’t tend towards sweet drinks). He suggested a variation on a Moscow Mule, with added mint and pepper. The drink was delicious - just the right amount of ginger, citrus, mint and pepper to create a refreshing drink that is not too sweet and had just the right kick to it. Mule’s might become my new go-to cocktail, especially since they are always served in adorable copper mugs :) 

Here is the IBA recipe for a traditional Moscow Mule, to which you could add your preferred sweet or spicy components to jazz it up a bit:

Moscow Mule
4.5cl vodka
0.5cl lime juice
12cl ginger beer
Combine vodka and ginger beer in a glass filled with ice. Add lime juice and stir. Serve in a copper mug, on the rocks and garnish with a slice of lime. 


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