Moscow Reindeer
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Moscow Reindeer
Cocktail recipe

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4.5 / 5
The Moscow Reindeer is a festive twist on the classic Moscow Mule, featuring a refreshing blend of vodka, tangy lime juice, and crisp ginger beer, artfully enhanced with the addition ... more The Moscow Reindeer is a festive twist on the classic Moscow Mule, featuring a refreshing blend of vodka, tangy lime juice, and crisp ginger beer, artfully enhanced with the addition of fresh mint leaves. It's a yuletide variant that brings a minty coolness to the spicy warmth of ginger beer, creating a balanced and invigorating cocktail. Traditionally served in a lowball glass to showcase its appealing aesthetics, the Moscow Reindeer is an enjoyable concoction especially favored during the holiday season or as a cooling drink in warmer climates. Its vibrant flavor profile makes it a lively choice for those who appreciate a touch of herbaceous freshness in their spirited beverages.
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Ginger Beer
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Mint
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8.86% | 2.4 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Moscow Reindeer playfully ramps up the traditional Moscow Mule with a delightful hint of mint, marrying the sharp zest of lime and the spicy kick of ginger beer for a beautifully balanced festive refreshment. Its combination of vodka and mint lifts the robust flavor of the ginger beer, creating a cocktail that's both invigorating and soothing, making it perfect for holiday cheer or a summery cool-down.

Method
How to make a Moscow Reindeer

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Muddle the mint leaves in a bottom of the glass with a little crushed ice
Top up with the crushed ice before pouring in the vodka and lime juice
Top up with ginger beer and stir
Garnish with a couple of mint leaves and add a biodegradable straw before serving

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Muddle  ·  Stir  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How should the mint leaves be prepared for the Moscow Reindeer cocktail?

The mint leaves should be gently muddled or lightly bruised before adding to the cocktail to release their aromatic oils without turning the drink bitter. This ensures the mint flavor is infused throughout the Moscow Reindeer, enhancing its freshness.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve the Moscow Reindeer to enhance its flavors?

The Moscow Reindeer should be served in a chilled lowball glass to maintain its cold temperature. Adding a few ice cubes before pouring the mix over will keep it refreshing. Serving it cold highlights the crispness of the lime juice and the fiery kick of the ginger beer.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Moscow Reindeer compare to a standard Moscow Mule?

The Moscow Reindeer has an alcohol content of 8.86%, which is slightly higher than a standard Moscow Mule due to the increased volume of vodka. However, the overall difference might be subtle, as the dilution from the ginger beer and the addition of lime juice can vary the perceived strength between individual servings.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different type of beer in the Moscow Reindeer if I don't have ginger beer?

While ginger beer is a defining ingredient of the Moscow Reindeer, if unavailable, you can substitute it with ginger ale for a less spicy, but still flavorful, alternative. Remember, ginger ale will make the drink sweeter and less pungent than ginger beer.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

What is a good non-alcoholic variation of the Moscow Reindeer?

A delicious non-alcoholic variation of the Moscow Reindeer would replace the vodka with additional ginger beer or a ginger-flavored carbonated water, keeping the lime juice and mint leaves. This version maintains the essential flavors of the cocktail while being suitable for everyone to enjoy.

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