Sweaty men with thick thighs running around for 90 minutes? Folks, if you’re not watching the World Cup, you’re missing out on some serious eye candy. Wait, did I say that out loud? I meant some seriously impressive athleticism, of course.

Every four years, 32 countries from around the globe meet to compete in arguably the most exciting international sporting event in the world, and we’re currently glued to the screen.

The 2018 World Cup is currently taking place in Russia, and since it’s been pretty warm here in the mid-Atlantic, we couldn’t think of a better cocktail to sip on than an ice cold Moscow Mule. Even if the cocktail didn’t truly originate in Russia, this ginger-and-lime-flavored drink dates back to an early-1940s New York City neighborhood called “Little Moscow,” which today is known as “Brighton Beach” and still has a high population of Russian-speaking residents.

As usual, we’ve put a twist on this refreshing classic with some tasty, wine-inspired versions that you can enjoy all summer long – but especially while cheering on your favorite FIFA team (¡Vamos, Vamos, Argentina!)

 

White Wine Mule

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bottle of chilled white wine (750 ml) – We prefer fruity, aromatic varieties like Gewurztraminer or Riesling. Avoid oaky Chards (the flavors just don’t work.)
  • 12 ounces of ginger beer – You can use ginger ale, but it has less flavor and lacks the proper bite from ginger
  • 2 ounces of vodka (or more if you want a boozier cocktail)
  • The juice of 1 lime (or 2 for more tartness)
  • Several fresh mint leaves (to taste)

You’ll also need:

  • Ice (crushed works great, but use whatever you have on hand)
  • Sliced limes for garnish
  • A pitcher
  • A wooden spoon
  • Glasses – This cocktail is often served in a copper mug, but feel free to use whatever glassware you have at home.

 

RECIPE

  1. Squeeze the juice of 1 lime into a pitcher. Add several mint leaves to the pitcher and use the end of a wooden spoon to gently muddle everything together.
  2. Add the vodka and wine to the lime-mint mixture and stir.
  3. Pour 12 ounces of ginger beer or ale into the pitcher and stir very gently to not lose too much of the carbonation. Add more lime juice to taste.
  4. Pour the mixture into glasses filled with ice and top with a slice of lime.
  5. Enjoy!

 

Rosé Wine Mule

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bottle of chilled rosé wine (750 mL) – anything fruity works nicely. You can use sparkling rosé for extra bubbles
  • 12 ounces of ginger beer or ginger ale
  • 2 ounces of vodka (or more)
  • The juice of 1 lime (or 2)
  • Several fresh mint leaves (to taste)
  • A handful of fresh, hulled strawberries or raspberries (to taste) – you can also use fresh juice or a splash of fruit nectar

You’ll also need:

  • Ice
  • Sliced limes and extra berries for garnish
  • A pitcher
  • A wooden spoon
  • Glasses
  • Optional: a strainer

 

RECIPE

  1. Squeeze the juice of 1 lime into a pitcher. Add several mint leaves and fresh berries to the pitcher and use the end of a wooden spoon to gently muddle everything together. If you don’t like seeds, feel free to strain the mixture. If using juice or nectar, there is no need to strain.
  2. Add the vodka and wine to the lime-mint-berry mixture and stir.
  3. Pour 12 ounces of ginger beer or ale into the mixture and stir very gently to not lose too much of the carbonation. Add more lime juice to taste.
  4. Pour the mixture into glasses filled with ice and top with a slice of lime and several fresh berries.
  5. Enjoy!

 

Red Wine Mule

Follow the recipe for the Rosé Wine Mule but replace the wine with a Malbec from Argentina or a New World Pinot Noir and swap the strawberries/raspberries with blackberries.

 

If you’ve missed any of the World Cup matches so far, don’t fret! You have until July 15th to catch some of the action and join the over 3 billion (yes, billion) people that tune in to watch the event’s fast kickin’, low scorin’ finale. Most of the games are aired before noon here on the east coast, but it’s summertime (and happy hour in Moscow), so go ahead and enjoy that 8am cocktail!