Finals are OFFICIALLY over for the semester! Phew! I finally feel like I can truly enjoy the holiday season and relax (a little).
This weekend was full of a lot of non-studying 🙂
Brian and I did lots of holiday shopping and errands on Saturday. Basically, we were Santa’s little elves.
I also did a lot of singing this weekend.
And I took Bernie on his first run! Saturday, it snowed quite a bit but by Sunday the sun had melted much of the accumulation. While it was crisp and chilly, it was excellent running weather so I leashed up little Bern and drug him with me.
While he wasn’t perfect he did SO much better than he does while walking leash. It seemed as if he was born to run. I took him on another run this morning (just 1 mile) and he seems pooped! I have heard that many people train for half marathons and marathons with their vizslas, so I am excited to get Bernie used to running distances greater than one mile. But for now, a one mile run with him is great!
I also did a bit of holiday recipe creating this weekend, and I actually created the FIRST ever Treble in the Kitchen cocktail.
After my finals were complete, I was craving a refreshing holiday adult beverage and this cranberry kombucha mule came to fruition.
I created my own cranberry ginger simple syrup by combining maple syrup, water, ginger, and frozen cranberries (I love Wyman’s!)
I then subbed a ginger kombucha for the traditional ginger beer used in Moscow mules, squeezed in half a lime, and added in a bit of vodka for that adult beverage kick.
Kombucha is a fermented tea drink typically flavored with juice or fruit. It is naturally bubbly due to the fermentation process and contains trace amounts of alcohol. There is a small amount of sugar, about 4g a serving (usually half a bottle) this is typically added to fuel the fermentation. The fermentation also allows lots of friendly bacteria (probiotics) to develop.
I feel like I was seeing kombucha cocktails pop up all over pinterest, and I am a huge Moscow mule fan. In my mind, adding ginger kombucha and the homemade cranberry ginger simple syrup seemed like a perfect twist on the original.
Garnish with cranberries, lime and a sprig of rosemary and you will have a holiday drink to share with those you love.
A twist on the classic Moscow Mule! Make this drink with ginger kombucha and cranberry simple syrup for a fun and refreshing holiday drink.
Cranberry Ginger Simple Syrup:
2 cups Wyman’s frozen cranberries
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup water
1 Tbsp fresh, grated ginger
Cranberry Kombucha Mule (for one cocktail):
1 part vodka (about 1/4 cup)
2–3 parts ginger kombucha (about 1/2 cup)
2 Tbsp cranberry simple syrup
2 cranberries on a toothpick
sprig of rosemary
Cranberry Ginger Simple Syrup:
Combine all simple syrup ingredients in a saucepan. Place over medium high heat and cover. Allow to boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Then, drain the syrup into a bowl and smash the cranberries to get the most flavor.
Cranberry Kombucha Mule:
Squeeze half a lime into one mug, then drop it in. Add in 3-4 large ice cubes. Pour in the vodka and fill with the ginger kombucha and simple syrup. Stir, add your preferred garnishes and enjoy!
Cuisine:cocktail, holiday, drink, beverage
Question of the Day:
Share something fun with me about your weekend! Are you fully immersed in the holiday season?
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