Cranberry Mule | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cranberry Mule

Cranberry Mule | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

By the time this post goes live, it will be 4:00 in the afternoon in the Pacific Northwest where my family lives. I was just there last week, and I’m still feeling the jet lag. We were awake for a solid 32 hours this weekend with only the occasional nod off on the plane. I managed to curl up on the floor of Heathrow airport in a nest of coats and almost sleep for about 20 minutes. When I got up, I had forgotten for a moment what city I was in.

Anybody who tries to tell you jet lag isn’t real is a damn liar. I feel like I should have been given at least two sick days as I attempted to recover. Instead, I worked for 12 hours yesterday and have another 11 hour day to look forward to tomorrow. If my boss ever tries to tell me I’m not dedicated, I might scream. It’s a good thing I don’t drive or operate heavy machinery because I definitely would have accidentally killed someone this week. 

Cranberry Mule | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The afternoon before Thanksgiving might be the exact perfect time to have a sweet and festive cocktail dropped into your life. This Cranberry Mule will be the perfect start to your Thanksgiving weekend. It’s so fun and goes down easy. There’s a bit of a bite from the ginger beer, and a tart hint from the cranberry juice. Mix up a pitcher of these, and your family will never notice you gave them cranberry sauce from a jar.

Incidentally, it’s so easy to make your own cranberry sauce, you could probably do it while drinking a Cranberry Mule.

This drink can easily be scaled up or down. Mix it in parts and make as much or as little as you like. And if you really want to go all out, freeze some cranberries to use in place of some of the ice in your glass. If you happen to have some of those fancy copper mugs, what better time to break them out? I wish I was as cool as that.

Cranberry Mule | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cheers to family and turkey and cranberries and booze. Hope you have a lovely holiday.

Cranberry Mule
Cranberry Mule is the perfect sweet, festive cocktail to get you through the holidays.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. Ice
  2. 2 parts vodka
  3. 1 part cranberry juice
  4. 5 parts ginger beer
  5. Lime juice
Instructions
  1. Add vodka, cranberry juice, and ginger beer to your desired vessel. If you're making this one glass at a time, start out with the ice in the glass. Otherwise, mix up a pitcher and pour the drink over the ice as you serve. Add a squeeze of lime juice to each glass, from an actual lime wedge if you planned ahead, or from the plastic squeezy lime if you're being more spontaneous.
Notes
  1. If you start with all your ingredients well chilled, your drink get as watered down by the ice.
Adapted from Christmas by Nigella Lawson
Adapted from Christmas by Nigella Lawson
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Cosmopolitan | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve lamented on several occasions the 90’s revival we seemed to be trapped in currently. I guess it just makes me feel old. There was one late 90’s pop culture trend I could just never get behind, and that’s Sex in the City. I know a lot of women my age are obsessed. I’ve tried to watch it a couple of times, and I just can’t. There’s just something about it that makes me feel slightly nauseous.

I do appreciate it for creating a surging popularity in pretty, sweet cocktails. I know there’s a huge backlash against that right now and everybody’s drinking Negronis and Manhattans and putting bitters in anything that will stay still long enough, but I’m still firmly in the sweet drinks camp. Come on over. We’re having lots of fun here.

Cosmopolitan | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The cosmopolitan is the classic 90’s cocktail throwback, and I’m not afraid to say I love it. There’s something about drinking from a martini glass that makes me feel girly in a way that I usually pretend to abhor. This drink is sweet but not syrupy and potent without tasting like pure alcohol. 

If you order this at a bar, you’ll probably pay something ridiculous, but you can make it at home with ingredients you probably already have on your bar cart and in your fridge. And if not, they’re easily obtained. Nothing fancy here. 

Hopefully I won’t get any hate mail from all you Carrie Bradshaw fans out there. Let’s talk it out over a couple of Cosmos.

Cosmopolitan
Serves 1
Go back in time just a little bit with a sweet and sassy Cosmopolitan
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 ounces vodka
  2. 1 ounce cranberry juice
  3. 1/2 ounce triple sec
  4. 1/2 ounce lime juice
  5. Ice
Instructions
  1. Pour everything in a jar or shaker over ice. Shake well and strain into your favorite cocktail glass. Drink while gossiping.
Adapted from Tequila Mockingbird
Adapted from Tequila Mockingbird
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Cranberry Margarita | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cranberry Margarita

Cranberry Margarita | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I think one of the things I love about being in the kitchen is the quiet simplicity of it all. If I listen to music instead of news podcasts, I can sort of shut the world out for a moment and just focus on the food. I can avoid the seemingly endless stream of violence, cruelty, and hate that have been so sadly dominant lately. I can stop being baffled by our inability to comprehend our interconnectedness. I can escape politics and nationalism and territorial disputes. For a few minutes, I can focus on something else, and I really need that in my life.

Food brings people together. Even when it is scarce, most people are happy to share a meal with others. When I feed people, and I see a smile on their faces, I know I’ve taken them away from their troubles and fears for just a moment. We all have to eat, but when food brings us together in a joyful moment, there’s nothing better in all the world.

Cranberry Margarita | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Cranberry Margarita is another spontaneous recipe made from things I already had in my house after Thanksgiving. It’s Christmas red, and the cranberry sugar rim reminds me of snow and holly and general cheerfulness. If you have any frozen cranberries left in your freezer, they make excellent ice cubes. Sadly, I was all out.

Here’s the deal. Most of us want the same things. We have to start focusing on what unites us rather than what divides us. We have to realize that every life is as precious as we believe our own to be, and that none of us is alone. Christmas seems like a great time to do that. 

Cranberry Margarita | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You are so awesome. Let’s share a drink and a laugh and toast to the uniqueness that makes us each so wonderful and the magic that binds us all together. Cheers!

Cranberry Margarita
Serves 1
Cranberry Margaritas practically scream holiday cheer!
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon sugar
  2. 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, chopped finely
  3. 1 ounce tequila
  4. 1 ounce triple sec
  5. 6 ounces cranberry juice
  6. Lime wedge
Instructions
  1. To rim your glass, you'll need to combine the sugar and dried cranberries on a small plate. Wet the rim of your glass with water and place it upside down on your sugar plate. Use your fingers to gently press the sugar and cranberry bits onto the edge of your glass. Turn the glass upright and allow it to dry for a minute or so.
  2. In a measuring cup or another container (something with a spout will be less messy) stir together tequila, triple sec, and cranberry juice.
  3. Carefully place some ice in your rimmed glass and pour your cocktail over the ice. Garnish with a wedge of lime to squeeze in just before drinking.
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