This post was sponsored by Cost Plus World Market, but the opinions reflected here are my own. I do not promote items that I would not use or trust on a regular basis.
Here’s a local twist on a summer favorite: the Peach and Basil Moscow Mule, made complete with Porter peaches, homegrown basil and a ginger beer with a kick!
Y’all, you might have heard me talk about it over on Facebook, but Oklahoma got a Cost Plus World Market! And they picked TULSA as the first location. I was over the moon when I heard! I’ve got a lot of fond memories of standing in the international food section in the one in Denver, poring over options from all around the world. Of course, they also have some amazing home decor, furniture and kitchenware also. I could hardly wait for it to open when I found out that they chose me to work together!
I was invited to see the place the day before the “official” grand opening to take a peek and get my shopping on. I found tons of new blog props (so be on the lookout for all the new stuff in future recipes! Here’s a small sampling of what I ended up with:
The first thing I saw when I walked back to the food section was a huge corner of bright orange Bundaberg ginger beer packaging. Justin loves ginger beer, so I thought it would be a perfect treat for him since he was coming home last weekend. Someone told me it was “very gingery.” That’s perfect. But then these copper mugs caught my eye…and then it all came together in a flash before my eyes! Moscow mules were begging to make an appearance here on the blog. Then, we spent the morning in Porter, Oklahoma for the annual Porter Peach Festival, and the recipe practically wrote itself.
Traditionally, you use vodka in a Moscow mule, but last year we fell in love with this Scottish gin that is now making the rounds in the US called Caorunn. It is on the sweet side and pairs good with a fruit. However, the ginger beer is pretty strong, so whatever liquor you like will probably suit the drink just fine. I used this handy mortar and pestle (probably not its intended use) to muddle together my peaches into a chunky puree. You may have a better idea…I’ll leave that choice up to you.
Cost Plus World Market Spotlight: Placemat, mugs, ginger beer and mortar and pestle pictured are all from my shopping spree I went on! Find those items and TONS more here!
Local Spotlight: Basil from my own, exploding basil plant (I whacked it back a lot this past weekend), and PEACHES of course, from Porter.
It seemed just like destiny that all of these elements have come together to form such an ideal summer drink! What do you think? Get to a Cost Plus World Market today (or better yet, our new one here in Tulsa!) #WorldMarketOK
Porter Peach and Basil Moscow Mule
- 4 oz. gin or vodka
- 1/4 C. fresh diced peaches
- 6 basil leaves
- 1/2 t. sugar
- 4 T. lime juice
- 20-24 oz. ginger beer
Muddle peaches, sugar and basil together.
Fill chilled mugs with ice.
Add to each glass: 1/2 of the peach mixture, 2 oz. liquor, 2 T. lime juice.
Fill to the brim with ginger beer.
Stir and garnish with basil, candied ginger, or peaches.