We Got the "Beet": Moscow Mule

Beet Moscow Mule

Sip on this! Are you a Moscow Mule enthusiast? This BEETastic twist on a classic "mule" includes the traditional flavors of ginger, lime, and vodka with the earthy sweetness of beet simple syrup and fresh mint leaves. 

Why add beet simple syrup? The beautiful beet adds a delightful earthiness married to spicy ginger beer (despite the name, it is non-alcoholic), fresh mint, and lime juice.  Beet Simple Syrup is easy to make and if you wish to eliminate the sweetness factor, replace simple syrup with cold-pressed beet juice. Yum! Plus - adding the antioxidant-rich veggie adds some nutritional value to this refreshing drink! 

Although Moscow Mules are made with vodka, legend has it that the "mule" doesn't actually originate from Moscow but rather it is believed that this craft cocktail hails from America. Either way, served with its signature copper mug and ginger flair, this cocktail has gained vast popularity, and we love it! 

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Cocktail Options

  • for more ginger love, add 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger. Kapow! 
  • for less sweetness, use 2 oz beet juice rather than beet simple syrup. 

Mocktail Options

  • replace vodka with tonic or carbonated water. Add extra ginger beer and lime juice for flair.
  • add fresh orange juice to create a delightful ginger, citrus, and mint mocktail version of the "mule." 

For more cocktail/mocktail recipes featuring the beet, try a Smokin' Hot Beeta-Rita or a Beet Tom Collins Martini.

Cheers to picnics, barbecues, family/friend time, and Summer fun! 


INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz Tito's Vodka
  • 4 oz (1/2 - 3/4 cup) ginger beer
  • 1.5 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz beet simple syrup
  • muddled mint leaves and lime wedges
  • candied ginger for garnish (optional) 
  • ice for shaker

DIRECTIONS

1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake shake shake! 

2. Pour over ice in copper mugs.

3. Garnish with extra mint, lime wedges, and candied ginger.


Smokin' Hot Beeta-Rita: Beet Margarita

Smokin' Hot Beeta-Rita - Beet Margarita with Mezcal

Smoke out and spice up with a delicious Beeta-Rita (Beet Margarita)! Mezcal, tequila's smokin' "sister," adds an epic "campfire" flavor combined with refreshing citrus, earthy and sweet beet (simple syrup), and a KAPOW kick of hot pepper. Celebrating Cinco de Mayo? This Beeta-Rita cocktail may be your new best friend! 

Tequila vs. Mezcal 

Tequila and mezcal are usually made from the same kind of plant; however, they taste quite differently. Tequila is made from blue agave, but mezcal can be made from various agave varieties. When making tequila, agave hearts are often steamed; whereas, agave hearts are wood-roasted for mezcal. This wood-roasting practice is what gives mezcal its signature smoky flavor. 

Although I have been an adoring fan of mezcal for a while, thanks to Drizly, I recently became acquainted (and fell in love) with Fidencio Mezcal when it was conveniently delivered to my doorstep. 

Smokin' Hot Beeta-Rita - Beet Margarita

Have a hankering for some wine, beer, or spirits but don't want to leave the comforts of your home or pjs? Pull up Drizly (known as the "uber" of liquor) online or use the app to order your favorite ingredients and have them delivered without ever leaving your house. If you live in one of Drizly's expansive delivery areas, your purchases can be delivered to your home in about one hour or less. Pretty impressive, right? Are you a Drizly fan? Share your experiences below. 

Thirsty for more fabulous beet cocktails? Try The Final Frontier, a Tom Collins-style martini and Pretty in Pink: Pickled Beet Dirty Martini. Enjoy! 

This post contains sponsored content brought to you by Drizly. We received free product to review, but all opinions presented here are 100% our own. For further information please see our Disclaimer page.


INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz Fidencio Mezcal (or a preferred brand) 
  • 1.5 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz beet simple syrup
  • 4 oz fresh orange juice
  • 4-5 muddled jalapeno slices (5 + for extra heat!) 
  • lime salt or kosher salt
  • sugar (for rim)

Optional: Add fresh ginger puree for more heat! 

DIRECTIONS

1. With a lime wedge, rub a rocks or margarita glass around the rim. 

2. Rim with salt/sugar combo. 

3. In a shaker, shake mezcal, lime juice, orange juice, beet simple syrup, muddled jalapeno slices, and ice cubes. 

4. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice or serve straight up in a margarita glass. Garnish with a lime wedge. Add extra jalapeno slices in glass for added spice! 


BEETA-RITA MOCKTAIL 

Not a fan of alcohol, create a refreshingly fabulous Beeta-Rita Mocktail.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 oz beet juice*
  • 3 oz lime juice
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • salt and/or sugar for rim
  • 4-5 muddled jalapeno slices (5+ for extra heat!)

* For a quick mocktail or if a juicer isn't handy, use cold-pressed beet juice (Like Love Beets, etc.). You may also use store-bought orange juice and apple juice (preferably 100% juice without added sugar). 

DIRECTIONS

1. Mix beet juice, lime juice, orange juice, and agave nectar in margarita or juice pitcher or shake in a shaker cup with ice. 

2. Muddle jalapeno slices with a dash of lime juice and add to the mix to marinate for a few minutes. Leave in for extra heat or remove before drinking.

3. Salt/sugar each glass rim and serve over ice or blend with one cup of ice for a blended Beeta-rita! 

Enjoy! 


The Final Frontier: Beet "Tom Collins" Martini

The Final Frontier Beet Tom Collins Martini

Looking for an "out of this world" craft cocktail? This Beet "Tom Collins" Martini transports your taste-buds to infinity and beyond! 

Capturing the "Tom Collins" classic ingredient profile, The Final Frontier is a delightful combination of Drizly's Tanqueray Gin, fresh grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and beet simple syrup. Beet simple syrup? What??? Yes! Deliciously sweet, subtly earthy, and vibrantly colorful, beet simple syrup is a fantastic replacement (and a dash healthier) for white sugar in cocktails and mocktails. For this cocktail, beet simple syrup pairs well with gin's botanical essence and the sweet yet tart citrus flavor. 

Thanks to the fabulously inventive internet-based alcohol delivery service, Drizly, you can have gin delivered to your front door without ever changing out of your pjs! Have you heard of Drizly? Known as the "Uber of liquor," Drizly delivers your favorite ingredients (wine, beer, liquor, etc.) to your home in about one hour or less. It may not be light speed, but delivery is super fast! Drizly is easily navigated online and its mobile app. Plus - this company continually demonstrates superb customer service and offers great product prices. Have you used Drizly? I would love to hear your experiences and cocktail adventures.

Not a gin fan? For a mocktail option, serve this drink sans gin for a refreshingly vibrant beet grapefruit juice. Like a Shirley Temple, this mixed drink has stunning presentation!

For more veggie-inspired cocktails, try a classic cocktail with an un"BEET"able twist: Pretty in Pink: Pickled Beet Dirty Martini

This post contains sponsored content brought to you by Drizly but all opinions are 100% our own. For further information please see our Disclaimer page.


INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 2 oz Tanqueray Gin (from Drizly) 
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 - 1/2 oz beet simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz tonic water (club soda for a sweeter taste)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add gin, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, tonic water (optional) and ice cubes to cocktail shaker. 
  2. Either drink on the rocks or strain into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Drizzle beet simple syrup into cocktail glass. 
  4. Garnish with fresh lemon slices
  5. Enjoy! 

Pretty in Pink: Pickled Beet Dirty Martini

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Veggies in cocktails? Absolutely! For veggie and cocktail enthusiasts (especially beet lovers) this is a dream come true. Beets are uniquely sweet, interestingly earthy, and vibrantly beautiful - the perfect addition to your favorite mixed drink.

I love crafting unique beet recipes, so when the fabulous people from Drizly contacted me inquiring about beet cocktails, of course I danced a jig and said, "Heck Yes"! Drizly, my new BFF, is an inventive internet based alcohol delivery service (known as the "Uber of liquor"), and yes, they do check ID! Have a hankering for some wine, beer, or spirits but don't want to leave the comforts of your home or pjs? Pull up Drizly online or use the app to order your favorite ingredients and have them delivered without ever leaving your house. If you live in one of Drizly's expansive delivery areas, you can have your purchases delivered to your home in about one hour or less. Pretty impressive, right? For this crafty cocktail, Drizly delivered Tito's Handmade Vodka, right to my door, and I never had to change out of my pjs.

Capturing the clean simple taste of a classic dirty martini, this "twist" contains a crisp and savory flavor with a subtle dash of sweet beet finish. Yum! Plus- this cocktail is magical. Yes, magical! Like the "horse of a different color" from The Wizard of Oz, this drink's hue continually transforms into various shades of pink and red after the addition of skewered red pickled beets

Pretty in Pink Pickled Beet Dirty Martini
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Pretty in Pink Pickled Beet Dirty Martini

Stay tuned for delicious un"beet"able veggie cocktails coming your way, and stop by Drizly for fabulous products delivered to your home. Would you try this Pretty in Pink Pickled Beet Dirty Martini? I would love to hear from you. Cheers! 


INGREDIENTS

*Download the Drizly app for delievery to your front door. 

**Use pink/white Chioggia Beets for a light pink beet brine and red beets for a dark red brine. This drink was made with Chioggia Beet brine and pickled red heart beets. If homemade pickled beets aren't your thing, use brine from purchased pickled beets. Note - store-bought pickled beet brine is often more salty, so adjust brine taste accordingly. 

    DIRECTIONS

    1. Add vodka, brine, and dry vermouth (optional) to a cocktail shaker with 3-4 ice cubes. 
    2. Either drink on the rocks or strain into a chilled martini glass.
    3. Garnish with pickled beets and fresh dill. 
    4. Enjoy! 

     

     This post contains sponsored content brought to you by Drizly. We received free product to review, but all opinions presented here are 100% our own. For further information please see our Disclaimer page.


    Beet Simple Syrup

    Beet Juice Simple Syrup for Cocktails and Food Coloring

    This is one un"BEET"able syrup, perfect for mixing in cocktails, as a topping for pancakes and waffles, and for D-I-Y natural red food coloring. You just can't beat the beet! 

    The red beet's gorgeous color and sweet flavor is a beautiful gift from mother nature. Although I am an advocate for low-sugar diets, simple syrups are often used in cocktails and mocktails, so it seems perfect for the beet to take center stage as a unique and vibrant addition to mixed drinks. Plus using beet juice instead of water in a simple syrup recipe improves nutrient content, provides a delicious taste, and serves as a great all-natural red food coloring. Beet juice simple syrup is great to have on hand when needing pink/red dye for cupcakes, extra pizzazz on your favorite pancakes, or as in ingredient in your next martini or mojito. The options are endless! 

    Try Beet Juice Simple Syrup for Do-It-Yourself Natural Red Food Coloring recipes and projects or in your favorite cocktail, such as The Final Frontier: Beet "Tom Collins" Martini. Bottoms up! 


    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 cup fresh beet juice*
    • 1/2 cup refined or cane sugar**

    *For a quick ready-to-drink juice option, use fresh beet juice from a local juice bar or from the market featuring brands such as Beet-It Juice or Love Beets Juice.

    **Beets contain natural sugars, so this simple syrup requires less sugar utilizing the beetroot's natural sweetness. For a sweeter syrup, use a 1:1 beet juice to sugar ratio. 

    DIRECTIONS

    1. Juice freshly washed and chopped red beetroots. If using a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix or BlendTec, beets may be blended rather than juiced. Strain any remaining pulp to create a smooth liquid.

    2. Over medium heat, combine sugar and beet juice. Stir until sugar is blended well. 

    3. Bring the ingredients to a boil and then remove from heat. Let sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes. 

    4. When cooled, store syrup in a glass container in the fridge. This simple syrup will keep for a few weeks. To last longer, add a splash of vodka.