Welcome to the last post of 2016!!!

Blood Orange Champagne Mule | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest
{these two people are my favs}

Oh my gosh, I cannot believe that I’m actually writing the very last post of the year, but it’s here, and come Sunday, it will be 2017…and come Monday we’ll be talking all about healthy eats! First though, I thought we needed to ring in the New Year with some bubbles, and apparently some sparkles too. I mean, it is New Years and I feel as though pulling out all the stops is totally necessary, right?

So I made us these fun cocktails. This is a Moscow Mule, but with the addition of champagne and a substitution of blood oranges. And yes, these are totally as awesome as they sound. And easy too, which is a must on New Year’s Eve. Originally, I had another drink in mind for today’s post, but over Christmas my family kept making Moscow Mules. They love them because they can be easily made and of course, they are really good. We like to make these pomegranate mules, but I knew that for my New Year’s Eve drink I wanted it to include two things:

Blood oranges and…

Champagne!

Blood Orange Champagne Mule | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest
{that kid though. the best}

I feel like New Year’s Eve cannot be complete without a bottle of champagne, it just seems like a must.

And as for the blood oranges, well they are just starting to come into season, and they’re the prettiest citrus out there! Their red hue is super festive, so again, a must!

I made these the other day with the help of two brothers and a girlfriend…aka the hand with all the pretty jewelry…aka Cait. 🙂 So a grand total of eight hands on deck and way too much fun popping champagne bottles and lighting sparklers. Also, I feel like I need to mention that yes, that is my 16-year-old brother Red popping that bottle. He begged me to let him do it. Said he needed to practice in case he makes the podium at any of his next competitions. Whatever, he opened the bottle, got his shirt a little wet, was quite happy and went on his way. Typical.

We had a lot of fun making and photographing this drink. I love having extra hands around to help get fun shots. It makes my work day a little more exciting. OK, and the newly turned 21-year-old brother Malachi was pretty excited about his 4 o’clock cocktail hour. It’s safe to say that he and Cait greatly enjoyed these. And with good reason, they are honestly so awesome. The blood orange juice is key, as it adds the color and flavor, but if you can’t find them in your grocery store simply use pomegranate juice or even just regular orange juice. After that the rest is simple as can be, just add lime juice, vodka, ginger beer and champagne. All in one glass and all so good. Bring on the New Years Eve fun!

Blood Orange Champagne Mule | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Speaking of which, do you guys have any fun plans? I have not a clue what will be going on around here, but tonight the family is doing a sleigh ride dinner, so I’m sure that will be fun, crazy and slightly cold, brrr!

Hope you guys are ringing in the New Year with family friends and good cocktails…meaning these mules! 🙂

Blood Orange Champagne Mule | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest
Blood Orange Champagne Mule | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest
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The Recipe

Blood Orange Champagne Mule.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 0 makes 1 drink, easily multiplied

Ingredients

  • juice of 1/2 a medium blood orange
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 8 leaves mint
  • 2 ounces chilled ginger beer
  • chilled champagne for topping

Instructions

  1. In a glass, combine the blood orange juice, lime juice and vodka. Add the ginger beer and top with the champagne. Garnish with blood orange slices and fresh mint. Drink!
Blood Orange Champagne Mule | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Cheers to the end of 2016, and to welcoming in all that 2017 will have to offer! Have a Happy New Year!