Holiday Moscow Mules

The holiday season "officially" begins tomorrow. It's crazy how I was just sharing my mint lemonade recipe with you and now it's 30 degrees outside and I can barely take Oliver to the park without being swaddled in this faux fur blanket (me, not him). Sam and I are headed to the beach tomorrow to spend Thanksgiving with his family and I couldn't be more excited to relax, wear my pie-eating pants, and shop online with his Mom.

We have so much to be thankful for this year. As Sam and I enjoy our 6th Thanksgiving together, and prepare ourselves to buy a house, I feel like our lives are in the best place that they have ever been. We have grown up together so much in the past few years - just last weekend, we sold our souls to purchase our very first mattress together before almost losing it on the highway in a spontaneous tornado. We learned on Saturday that not only is #adulting more expensive that we anticipated, it's also potentially deadly. 

Besides Sam and Oliver and not currently being in jail for causing a major accident, I am beyond thankful for my family. I get to see my big sister and her kids in a few weeks for the first time since last Thanksgiving. The little munchkins have gotten SO old and I can't wait to swing them around on my shoulders and make the biggest, sugariest, mess while decorating cookies. Also, my best friend (and fellow blogger) is moving to the city in January and it's going to be majorly nice to have a bit of girls' time - aka drinking wine and discreetly stalking our 5 year high school reunion via social media. I'm sure you'll be seeing her around here soon.

I swear I could go on and on with the people, wine bottles, and stretchy pants that I am thankful for this year but, at some point, you're just going to skip to the bottom of this post for this cocktail recipe anyway, so... let's get to the good stuff. 

(Makes 2 cocktails)

  • 2 Solid Copper Mugs
  • 2 Fresh limes 
  • 2 ounces Pre-made lime simple syrup 
  • Ice
  • 4 ounces Vodka or gin
  • 4-6 ounces Ginger beer
  • Frozen cranberries, for garnish
  • Rosemary sprigs, for garnish


  1. Squeeze 1/2 lime into each copper mug. Add in 1 ounce of pre-made lime simple syrup. Fill each mug with ice. 
  2. Pour 2 ounces vodka or gin into each mug over ice. Pour 4-6 ounces ginger beer into each mug. Stir. 
  3. Cut remaining lime into slices, add to each mug. Garnish with cranberries and rosemary sprigs. Enjoy!

For a non-alcoholic version, skip the vodka or gin and add 4 ounces of cranberry juice instead*

Usually, the day after Thanksgiving, Sam and I put up our Christmas tree, make turkey and brie paninis and holiday cocktails, and he lets me blast the Mariah Carey playlist for the first time all year (YAY). Needless to say, I am going to be drinking this moscow mule from now until February because it is SO festive and tasty. The flavors perfectly compliment one another and it's super easy to make. Plus, these copper mugs are Instagram-worthy-cute and keep my cocktail nice and chilled until the very last sip. V. important.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving this year? Share with us what you most thankful for and how you will be kicking off the holiday season!

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xo Anna Elizabeth