don’t know about you guys, but every piece in my kitchen has a story. I have a collection of sheet trays that many people would deem unusable, but to me, they’re perfect. The dings in the finish are character, the divots in my chef knife just shows how much it’s been used throughout the years.
Needless to say, I have a hard time adding anything “new.” I appreciate the story of my kitchen wear, and where we’ve been together. I’ve known for a while that I’ve wanted to add a set of copper mugs, though, I just couldn’t find the right ones. I didn’t want a cookie cutter pair, I was looking for that story.
Low and behold – Moscow Muled entered my life at JUST the right time. Their hand crafted, 100% food grade copper was exactly what I’ve been needing. Each piece is expertly crafted, hammered by hand to create the perfect aesthetic. Oh, and… I dunno about you, but I’ve DEFINITELY sat down to a craft cocktail at the bar and 5 minutes later had my drink running down my elbow because the handles were screwed on and leaked. Not these babies! They’re actually welded on, so you’re never gonna have to wear your beverage, which is really just alcohol abuse, right?
I was SO excited to open these pretty babes up, that I couldn’t control myself and ended up making 3 different featured recipes! From a Sugar Free, Dairy Free Chai Tea Latte, to an antioxidant rich “mocktail” made of Fresh Brewed Kombucha with Blood Orange and Rosemary, and finally, rounding it out with a twist on the classic – a LOW CARB Moscow Mule! What?! Ya heard me. Check out those recipes below! And be sure to head over to www.MoscowMuled.com to add some of these AHHHMAZING copper mugs to your own collection.
Kombucha with Fresh Squeezed Blood Orange and Rosemary
Crisp, refreshing kombucha meets the intense flavor of blood orange and woodsy rosemary for a flavor-packed burst of antioxidants
- Freshly brewed kombucha
- Juice of 3 blood oranges
- Sprig of rosemary
Combine all ingredients over ice and enjoy!
For the kombucha (makes 1 gallon)
- 3.5 quarts filtered water
- 1 cup sugar
- 8 bags green or black tea or 2 tablespoons loose leaf tea
- 2 cups starter from last batch or store bought starter – unflavored or neutral flavor is best
- 1 Scoby per gallon
Brew tea and add sugar, allowing to cool completely while steeping.
Add starter tea and strain any loose tea, if needed. Starter tea is acidic and will prevent unfriendly bacteria from your brew.
Transfer to gallon glass jar, or separate into quarts. If separating, you will need one scoby per container.
Tightly rubber band several layers of paper towel over the jar opening – this will allow for fermentation.
Allow to ferment in a cool, dark place for 7-10 days. Begin tasting at day 7, when it reaches a desirable mix of sweet and tart, it is ready to bottle.
Remove 2 cups and reserve for starter for next batch. Store refrigerated until needed.
Carefully remove scoby and bottle into clean, glass jars. Mason jars are especially handy! Leave about 1 inch of space while bottling. Allow 3 days to carbonate.
Sugar Free, Dairy Free Chai Tea Latte
Creamy, silky and slightly spicy, this sugar free, dairy free Chai Tea Latte is the perfect afternoon pick me up.
- 1.5 cups freshly brewed black tea
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 teaspoons granulated monkfruit sweetener
- 1 tablespoon cardamon
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Brew 2 bags black tea in 1.5 cups fresh filtered water. Combine sweetener, cardamom, cinnamon, allspice and ginger and allow to steep for 3 minutes.
Strain through cheesecloth or a coffee filter to remove dried spices – this is optional, but desirable for texture.
Steam or froth almond milk. If you do not have a milk frother, heat over stovetop, whisking to create volume.
Divide strained tea between mugs, topping with steamed almond milk. Dust with cinnamon and ground cardamom, if desired.
Low Carb Moscow Mule!
The perfect blend of sweet and spicy, this low carb, zero sugar twist on the classic is sure to please.
- 1.5 ounces vodka
- 2 inch piece of peeled ginger
- 2 limes
- 1 can Zevia Ginger Root Beer
A day ahead, peel ginger and slice into 1 inch cubes. Cover with vodka and soak overnight in the freezer.
Combine lime juice, ginger soaked vodka and ice, shaking to combine. Strain into chilled copper mugs, topping with Zevia Ginger Root Beer. Cheers and enjoy.
For extra kick, add soaked ginger pieces for an even spicier ginger flavor!