Purple Moscow mule – floral aroma, spicy fruit flavors, and a whimsical purple color, make this drink the ideal Halloween cocktail.
Before you think I’ve been possessed by dark spirits (what with all these Gothic-looking posts), let me assure you, that this freaky streak reflects nothing more than my soft spot for Halloween. It’s an infinite source of inspiration, and always has been, and it really brings out the kid in me. Now more than ever, as the kids are growing, I realize I don’t have such an awe-struck audience to perform my Halloween-ish tricks in the kitchen, and I feel a little robbed…
We used to bake bloody witches’ fingers like these, giant black widow spider cakes (I might post a recipe next year), zombie pizzas, and mummy hot dogs. I miss those days when they would squeal with joy, their faces lit up with mischievous disbelief, and eagerly help making these spooky Halloween treats.
If I can’t quite impress the kids any more, I’ll try the adults with this Halloween-inspired, beautifully purple, and super refreshing twist on the Moscow mule cocktail. I used gin here instead of vodka for its crisp, clean taste that perfectly matches with the spicy ginger, and fresh lime. Any gin brand will work, although I’m partial to Hendrick’s gin. When it comes to the ginger beer, however, the brand really matters. In fact, the only premium ginger beer I recommend here is Fever-Tree (and no, this is not a sponsored post). Ever since I tried Fever-Tree ginger beer, I haven’t looked back. If I don’t have it on hand, I don’t even bother making Moscow mules – it makes a world of difference. Unlike other ginger beers, this one is not as sweet, and it actually tastes like real ginger – spicy, with a lingering warm, burning aftertaste. You should be able find it at BevMo, or WorldMarket. If you can’t find that brand, I suggest you add some freshly grated ginger (pulp and juice) to your drink, then top off with tonic water.
Crème De Violette gives the drink its whimsical purple color, adds a touch of sweetness, and perfumes it with the intoxicating aroma of violets.
Check out my ghoulish-looking Grilled octopus over squid ink pasta and tomato garlic sauce, and this fun Black bean and sweet potato hummus dip.
Purple Moscow mule - floral aroma, spicy fruit flavors, and a magical purple color, make this drink the ideal Halloween cocktail.
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz creme de violete
- 1.5 oz fresh lime juice (from 1-2 limes)
- 3 oz premium ginger beer * (Fever-Tree brand recommended)
- purple icing sugar for decorating the glass rim (optional)
Swipe the rim of the glass with a lime wedge, and dip in icing sugar.
Put some ice cubes in the glass, and pour the Creme de Violette. Add the gin, fresh lime juice, and top with the ginger beer.
* Fever Tree ginger beer is the only ginger beer I recommend here. BevMo or WorldMarket carries the brand, but you can also get it online.
If you can't find this brand, I suggest you substitute it with regular tonic water, and add freshly grated ginger to the drink.