We thought our days of food porn and "if you didn't Snapchat it, did you even eat it?" kind of gimmicks were nearing an end, and then a recipe for another large-format copper mug cocktail crossed our desk. Let us be clear: We're not mad about it, mostly because it isn't a straightforward Moscow mule. Oh, and it's "skinny." (Cue the eye roll because we ordered it after we ate the majority of a pizza at Coal Vines before walking to Clutch.)
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Clutch's new Skinny Watermelon Mule brings all the best things together — a refreshing summer flavor (watermelon), Patrón (because tequila) and an Instagrammable vessel — and does it without piling on the calories, though we'd do a few extra burpees for one of these.
Skinny Watermelon Mule (14 oz. mug, $11; 96 oz. Mega Mug, $50; 192 oz. Mighty Mug, $90)
2 oz. Patrón Silver
3/4 oz. lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
2 watermelon cubes
6 mint leaves
Topped with light ginger beer
Garnish with mint leaves
Combine all ingredients except ginger beer in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh ice in a Collins glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with mint leaves.
Clutch, 2520 Cedar Springs Road (Uptown)