In this post, we reveal the top recipes for the Blueberry Mule, which is a delicious, fruity twist on the classic Moscow Mule. Let's get started!
The Blueberry Moscow Mule is a great take on the now-classic Moscow Mule. As a refreshing and fruity drink that has just the right amount of alcohol, it goes perfectly with warm days out on the porch, beachside happy hours, poolside with your significant other, or just lounging in the living room with a good book. And it's no small bonus that the Blueberry Moscow Mule is Instagram-worthy!
In this article you will learn:
- What are the health benefits of blueberries in your drink?
- What’s in a Blueberry Moscow Mule?
- What is the Classic Blueberry Mule recipe?
- 5 Variations of the Blueberry Moscow Mule Cocktail
The Health Benefits of Blueberries
These little summer fruits are not only delicious ingredients that work with a wide range of dishes and drinks, but they also come packed with health benefits!
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants which protect you from free radicals, which are those nasty molecules that cause cell damage and possibly cancer. This has been noted by three different published studies compiled by Joe Leech, MS.
Blueberries also help maintain the bones of fruit-lovers. Megan Ware, RDN, LD writes:
“Blueberries contain iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and vitamin K. Each of these is a component of bone. Adequate intake of these minerals and vitamins contributes to building and maintaining bone structure and strength.”
In addition, "one cup of blueberries delivers 14% of the recommended daily dose of fiber and nearly a quarter of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C," according to Chloe Thompson of WebMD.
So, putting two and two together, you've got a great taste from an ingredient that can go with a wide variety of dishes and a load of health benefits; it's only a matter of time until you decide that having a Blueberry Mule can actually turn any happy hour into legit self-care hour--copper mugs and all!
What Goes Into a Blueberry Moscow Mule?
Now, in the infinity of the internet you'll find tons of Blueberry Moscow Mule recipes. Everyone's got their own take, and, as an aspiring home bartender, you'll want to explore a lot of these recipes on your own. That's why we've compiled a quick list of what we believe are the best Blueberry Moscow Mule recipes that you can try today. Let's start by breaking down the components of the classic Blueberry Mule.
Ah, the heart and soul of this cocktail. Blueberries add a very specific kind of sweetness to this drink. There's a sourness that comes right after the sweetness, but, strangely enough, it remains pleasant. An easy way to describe the taste would be that it's a very intense grape flavor. When making this cocktail, you will definitely want to get that beautiful blue-violet color. To achieve this without using food coloring or syrup, you'll need small ripe blueberries.
Thin slices of lime or lemon are often used to garnish the drink along with whole fresh blueberries. According to simple color-theory, having yellow and blue-violet stick out of a copper mug is not only appealing, but visually complementary.
The Ginger Beer
One of the key ingredients of this drink is ginger beer. However, never mix the ginger beer in a shaker along with the other ingredients as it ruins the carbonation of the beer. Instead, once the ginger beer is in the copper mug, stir with a spoon. Doing this will maintain the carbonation as long as possible.
The Vodka, Possibly Blueberry Flavored
Vodka and blueberries go together brilliantly: the strong smell of vodka is somehow masked by the sweetness of the entire drink, but none of the kick goes away. If you find, however, that the vodka taste is still unpleasant, you can try blueberry-flavored vodka for an even sweeter flavor.
The Ginger Ale
For those who prefer a sweeter and less carbonated beverage, you can use ginger ale as a substitute for ginger beer. Ginger beer, however, offers a stronger flavor than ginger beer.
So, now that we've got the basic ingredients on here--and hopefully in your kitchen, too--let's discuss the nitty-gritty of the recipes.
The Classic Blueberry Moscow Mule
Much like the traditional Moscow Mule, this version of the Blueberry Mule is traditionally served in a copper mug filled with ice and garnished with mint leaves and lime. It has the added textures and flavors of blueberries and blueberry syrup.
The ingredients needed for the blueberry ginger syrup include:
- 3/4 cup unsweetened ginger juice
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup blueberries
The ingredients needed for the Blueberry Moscow Mule include:
- 1- and 1/2-ounce vodka
- 1/2-ounce blueberry ginger syrup
- 1/2-ounce lime juice
- 1 cup ginger beer
To create the blueberry ginger syrup:
- Place saucepan in medium heat and add the ginger juice, sugar, and blueberries.
- Once boiling, reduce heat and let simmer for an extra 20 minutes.
- Strain the thick syrup into a sealable container. Store in the refrigerator.
To create the Classic Blueberry Moscow Mule:
- In a copper mug, add the ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice.
- Pour some blueberry ginger syrup then stir. Add ice.
- Garnish with fresh blueberries and lime wedges.
5 Variations of the Blueberry Moscow Mule Cocktail
Kick your Blueberry Moscow Mule up a notch with new tricks on how to serve it and how to get the most out of the blueberry flavor. These exciting twists are also ideal for large servings.
Variation 1: The Soaked Blueberry Moscow Mule
Another variation of the Blueberry Moscow Mule is to soak the blueberries in the vodka for a prolonged period. This version is best prepared for a large batch served in punch bowls, a pitcher, or a mason jar dispenser as seen below. Now, the great thing about this first variation is you can enjoy it two ways: you can either enjoy sipping on the blueberry vodka all on its own with the recipe below, or you can go full regalia and use it to make Blueberry Moscow Mules that have stronger hints of this delightful little fruit.
Let’s start with the blueberry vodka.
The ingredients include:
- 2 pounds fresh blueberries, washed
- 1.75 ml bottle of vodka
This blueberry vodka recipe is easier than pie! In a sealable container, drop in the washed blueberries and pour in vodka. Cover the mixture and let this sit in room temperature for one week. After a week, voila! You’ll have yourself an easy, fruity drink that needs only crushed ice and great company to enjoy it with.
But that’s not why we’re here. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of this Blueberry Moscow Mule recipe. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fresh mint leaves
- 2-3 ounces blueberry vodka
- Juice of 1 lime
- crushed ice
- 12-ounce can of ginger beer
- In your palm, smash the stem of the mint leaf with your thumb then clap both hands together. This releases the flavor of the mint leaf much better than muddling ever will.
- In a copper mug, drop in the clapped mint leaves then fill with crushed ice.
- Add 2-3 ounces of blueberry vodka
- Squeeze in a wedge of lime, then top off this delightful concoction with ginger beer.
- Add crushed ice.
Optional: Strain pieces of the blueberry from the vodka and use as a garnish.
Note: If you or your guests find the mixture too strong, simply add more ginger beer into their mug.
Variation 2: Frozen Blueberry Mule
This recipe relies heavily on crushed ice and the blueberry syrup as a base. This Blueberry Moscow Mule is a beautiful alternative to frozen margaritas! This is one of those recipes that take some level of preparation, but a few of these and you and your friends will be belting your favorite songs without a care in the world in no time.
Create the simple syrup using these ingredients:
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- In a saucepan, add the sugar, water, and blueberries.
- Place pan in medium flame until boiling.
- Once boiling, lower the heat and let simmer for an additional 20 minutes.
- Take the saucepan out of the flame, and, using a strainer, pour into a jar. Let the syrup cool down to room temperature before storing in the refrigerator.
Now onto the Mule!
Ingredients needed include:
- 1 cup ginger beer
- 4-ounce vodka
- 2-ounce lime juice
- 2-ounce blueberry syrup that you’ve got sitting in your fridge
- Crushed ice
- Mint leaves and blueberries for garnish
- Combine the ginger beer, vodka, lime juice, and blueberry syrup in a blender and blend accordingly.
- Add crushed ice and blend again.
- Pour into drink containers (copper mugs or margarita glasses) and garnish with fresh blueberries and mint leaves.
- Serve and sing your heart out!
Variation 3: Blueberry Mule with Whiskey
This is an unorthodox variation of the Blueberry Mule. For this recipe, we’ll be using whiskey instead of the usual dash of vodka. This will add an unusual but ultimately delicious depth of smokey and sweet flavors to the mix. One great advantage of this variation is that it requires very little preparation, so it’s great for surprise guests or if you’ve just had a long, hard day and want to unwind with something other than a boring bottle of beer.
The ingredients for this Blueberry Moscow Mule Recipe include:
- 1 lemon wedge
- 2 tsp organic sugar
- 15 fresh blueberries
- 2-ounce whiskey
- 1-2-ounce ginger beer
- In a shaker, muddle the lemon and blueberries in with the sugar.
- Pour the whiskey in and shake.
- Fill a copper mug or a regular whiskey glass with crushed ice.
- Strain the blueberry with whiskey mixture into the glass.
- Top off with ginger beer.
- Garnish with lemon slices, blueberries, and mint leaves.
Variation 4: Low Carb Keto Version
Watching out for your summer bod and enjoying a sweet drink every now and then shouldn’t have to be mutually exclusive activities. This Low Carb Keto Blueberry Mule sports only 72 calories and 2 grams net carbs, allowing you to both stick to your Keto diet and indulge in this sweet and (almost) sinful drink.
This recipe requires a homemade blueberry juice for the base of this cocktail, and the ingredients needed include:
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 tablespoon sugar substitute (Splenda, Equal, Stevia, or any granulated erythritol sweetener)
- 1/3 cup water
- In a blender, pour in the blueberries, sweetener, and water. Blend until smooth.
- Strain the juice as you pour into a jar.
- Store the blueberry juice in the refrigerator until use.
To make the cocktail, prepare these ingredients:
- ½ ounce of the blueberry juice
- 1-ounce vodka
- ½ teaspoon lime juice
- 4-ounces diet ginger beer
- 1 teaspoon of sugar substitute (Splenda, Equal, Stevia, or any granulated Erythritol sweetener)
- ¼ teaspoon powdered cinnamon
- In a shaker, combine the blueberry juice, vodka, lime juice, and ice. Shake for 10 seconds.
- Add the ginger beer in the shaker and stir with a spoon.
- In a saucer, mix the cinnamon powder and sugar substitute
- Moisten the rim of the glass with the lime wedge and dip in the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
- Add ice into a glass and pour the mixture in.
- Garnish with lime and fresh blueberries.
Variation 5: Blueberry Lemon Ice Cubes
This simple preparation of blueberry ice cubes is exactly what it sounds like: ice cubes that are designed to both keep your drink cold and infuse a stronger blueberry flavor as you nurse the drink in your hand. This variation works absolutely perfect with the Classic Blueberry Moscow Mule!
Prepare the ice cubes using these ingredients:
- 1 ½ cups of blueberries
- ½ fresh lemon
- ½ cup of white grape juice
- In a blender, squeeze out and pour in the lemon juice with the blueberries and grape juice. Blend until smooth.
- Using a lidded ice tray, pour in the liquid.
- Place the tray in the fridge and wait a while. It’ll take more than a few hours to freeze, so it’s a good idea to prepare these ice cubes way ahead of time before entertaining any guests.
Now, these ice cubes work best with the most basic of all Blueberry Moscow Mules! This is the stuff you will need per serving:
- 5-7 blueberry ice cubes
- 2-ounces vodka
- 4-ounces ginger beer
- Fresh blueberries
- Mint leaves
- 2-3 slices of lemon
- Fill the copper mug with blueberry ice cubes.
- Pour in the ginger beer and vodka.
- Garnish with lemon slices, mint leaves, and fresh blueberries.
Blueberries are not only packed with health benefits, but they are also a great core ingredient for your home’s happy hour! Try out these Blueberry Mule recipes for yourself and decide which one is your favorite. Better yet, come up with your own variations and share with us: we always love a good cocktail recipe. Let us know in the comments below!