Moscow Mule Granita

Closely comparable to a slushy for adults, this Moscow Mule Granita is the solution to that "what cocktail should I be drinking on this 90° day" question. Homemade granita is time consuming, sure. But totally worth it? Absolutely. This was definitely one of those experimental cocktails for us. Robert started making the granita and said something along the lines of, we may be shooting a cocktail today or we may just have some icey lime pieces to chew on. 

Drinking with a straw is pretty much the only way to enjoy this without getting granita bits on your nose, and not much of the drink in your mouth. Since it's a slushy, it'll melt from the warmth the longer you drink it at room temp. That's definitely a good thing though, as the flavor gets stronger the more it melts and mixes in the bottom of the cup. For shooting purposes I stacked this mug very high with granita, it may not be as full if you're dividing between two copper mugs. 

Cheers!

Moscow Mule Granita
makes 2 drinks

5 limes, halved and juiced + additional for serving
2, 12 oz. bottles ginger beer
4 oz vodka, divided 

In a bowl, combine ginger beer, lime juice, and zest from 2 limes. Pour mixture into a half-sheet pan and carefully set in freezer. After 45 minutes to 1 hour, remove from freezer and using a fork, scrape semi-frozen mixture. Return to freezer for another 45 minutes. Remove again and scrape. Freeze for another 45 minutes, then remove, scrape and crush any large chunks. Granita can be transferred to an airtight container or served.

To serve, spoon a generous portion of granita into a two copper mugs and top each with 2 oz vodka. Stir gently to combine, allow about 5 minutes for frozen granita to melt slightly (it will have a slushy consistency) and serve with a straw and lime wedge.