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7 Moscow mule recipes to add to your must-try cocktail list

Moscow mules are a perfect year-round cocktail. They're refreshing enough to sip on when it's hot out, but also substantial enough to keep you warm while you're trying to survive the last couple freezing winter months. Plus, you get to serve them in rosy-copper mugs that are so gorgeous it's impossible not to be in a good mood when you drink one.

We've got the step-by-step guide on how to make a traditional Moscow mule, as well as 7 more not-so-traditional variations. Because who hasn't had a hankering for a Moscow mule Jello shot, right?

1. Moscow Mule

The trick to making a great Moscow mule is using ginger beer, not ginger ale, which is much sweeter and lacks the spicy ginger kick of ginger beer.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 4-6 oz ginger beer
  • Plenty of ice

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together, pour over ice and serve in a copper mug if possible.
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2. Skinny Mule

This is the slender, aromatic sister to the original. Omitting the ginger beer cuts out the sugar, and adding fresh ginger provides flavor as well as a host of health benefits.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Lime wedges
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • Soda water
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Peel and grate the fresh ginger. Muddle with the lime juice and 1-3 wedges of lime.
  2. Stir in the vodka and serve over ice.
  3. Top off with sparkling water. Garnish with lime.

3. Summer Mule

Adding fresh berries boosts the existing flavors and creates a beautiful color. We like to cut back on the ginger beer to allow the berries to really shine through.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Fresh berries (about 4-6 per drink)
  • 3 oz ginger beer
  • 2 oz vodka
  • Soda water
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Muddle the berries with the lime juice. (I used blackberries and raspberries, but I've also made this with strawberries and blueberries; just use whatever you've got on hand or whichever fruits seem the ripest.) The berries should break down quickly as you muddle them creating a syrup-like texture.
  2. Add the ginger beer and vodka.
  3. Pour over ice and top off with sparkling water.

4. Spicy Mule

I used about 3-4 slices of jalapeño per cocktail, but I'm a wimp when it comes to spicy food so feel free to adjust the heat level to your liking.

Ingredients:

  • Jalapeño pepper (1 makes about 6 drinks)
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • 1/2 oz orange liquer (such as Grand Marnier of Cointreau)
  • 2 oz vodka
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Thinly slice the jalapeno and muddle a few slices with the lime juice and orange liqueur.
  2. Stir in the vodka and ginger beer. Serve over ice.

5. Long Island Mule

Inspired by the Long Island iced tea, this mule packs a punch. It is definitely strong, but it's surprisingly light and delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3 oz ginger beer
  • 1/2 oz orange liquer (such as Grand Marnier of Cointreau)
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz light rum (coconut rum like Malibu is delicious in this drink)
  • 1/2 oz tequila
  • Lots of ice

Directions:

  1. Stir together all the ingredients and serve over ice. (use lots of ice to mellow out all the alcohol.)

6. Lavender Mule

This drink is sophisticated and whimsical at the same time. I love the combination of lavender, lemon and elderflower; it's floral, fragrant and delightful! Remember to use culinary lavender or you'll wind up with something that tastes more like soap than food. You can find lavender syrup in some specialty markets, but making your own is really easy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz elderflower syrup
  • 2 oz ginger beer
  • Lavender syrup
  • Lavender ice cubes (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients, stir and serve over lavender ice cubes.

7. Citrus Mule

The combination of juices creates a tart and refreshing drink; feel free to switch in other types of citrus like blood oranges, clementines or Meyer lemons depending on the season.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz orange liquer (such as Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
  • 2 oz ginger beer
  • 2 oz vodka
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Stir together all the ingredients, serve over ice and garnish with grapefruit and mint.

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By Peddlers Blog | August 17th, 2017