Ah copper mugs, there is something so inviting about their shiny warm color that begs the question “What do you drink out of a copper mug?” That’s pretty much how I ended up learning about the cocktail called a Moscow Mule because one day I asked someone sitting next to me at the bar “What are you drinking out of that mug?” Nope, I am not shy 🙂
Cool Copper and a Warm Fire
Last week I showed you a Thanksgiving tablescape featuring my own beautiful copper mugs in Last Minute Thanksgiving Table Courtesy of Your Closet. Now it’s time to pick up that warm scarf off of the table, wrap it around your shoulders, and head out to my fire table, and have an adult beverage using those same mugs.
There is something so soothing about a fire! It’s quite primal our love of fire and it seems built into our DNA to gaze into the flames to relax. It’s one of the only ways I can turn off my constant stream of thought.
Don’t you want to sit in this chair and gaze into the fire? That’s what I did for 11 summers in Colorado and this very spot inspired my fire table purchase.
A cool and refreshing drink is perfect after a heavy meal!
Let’s create an evening for your guests post Thanksgiving, with a fire side chat, and a Fig Moscow Mule. NO one feels like cooking after Thanksgiving, everyone has eaten too much, so while it may seem strange I am recommending a cold drink you will understand when you take your first sip!
Fig Moscow Mules
Figs may get a bad wrap being associated with Fig Newton cookies – you either love or dislike them. I’m in camp Fig Newton! Figs are beautiful and sweet in their natural state. Plus they are a delicacy arriving in stores early Fall, so the perfect time to add them to a Moscow Mule!
In a matter of minutes, you can wow your guests with a craft cocktail in a beautiful copper mug. Here is all that you need:
- Cocktail Shaker
- Copper Mugs
Why are Moscow Mules served in copper mugs? They keep the drink extra cold and up the cold sensation on your lips! Some say real copper mugs intensify the flavor. I’m going for really cold to create a really refreshing drink!
Ingredients for 2 / Double for 4
- 2 oz. Tito’s Vodka (or your favorite)
- Ginger Beer (non-alcoholic and in the grocery store) – Maine Root (spicier) or Barritt’s (not spicy) are what I use
- 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
- 1 ea. Chopped Fig
Let me start by saying if you don’t like fig – skip it! Just make it with lime for a traditional Moscow Mule.
In a shaker filled 1/2 way with ice, combine the vodka, lime juice, and a couple of slices of fig fruit chopped and shake.
This is how I would do it in real life because I have no patience for measuring:
Throw in a couple of shots of vodka, squeeze a half of lime into the shaker, throw in a couple of mushed slices of fig fruit into the shaker of ice. Do a little dance and shake, shake, shake away!
Fill your copper mugs with chopped ice if you have it, pour the contents of the shaker over the ice, and fill the remaining space with ginger beer. Stir
If you are fancy like me, add garnish of sliced fig or lime!
A No-Cook Appetizer
Serve the Moscow Mules with the cut up fig fruit, some fresh cheese like a Manchego, which has a caramel and nutty flavor, and some crackers. Easy and fast.
This can be an anytime entertainment option! Head out to the fire and let the conversation begin or stare into the fire and sip away 🙂
Shop this Look
If you are looking for a fire table, I love this one! It was purchased from Amazon, in 2011, and I assembled it myself 🙂 The fire runs off of a basic propane tank (like you use for your gas grill). It’s an easy, orderless, and fast fire that you can enjoy in seconds!
This post contains affiliate links, but all items were hand selected by me to share with you!
I’m off to make a Moscow Mule for happy hour with my mom, while she whips up some cheese and crackers. In 15 minutes, we will be sitting by the fire having that chat 🙂