The Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail that has offered the perfect combination of fiery and sweet since the 1940s, when it was first invented.
This drink is the perfect example of simplicity at its finest. Lime juice, ginger beer, and a shot of vodka are the three main ingredients for an ideal drink during the holidays, a hot summer’s day, or or really whenever you want to have a good time!
Throughout the years this drink has seen multiple variations enjoyed by many.
In this post, we’re going to show you the best way to prepare and enjoy a Raspberry Moscow Mule, which is a creative twist on the classic Mule cocktail.
Raspberries take this drink to another level, adding tart and tangy tones with a delicious texture. The bright pop of color adds to the festive nature of this drink.
We've come across a few recipes for the Raspberry Moscow Mule. We've taken into consideration the variations, techniques, and twists different recipes have to offer, found what works best, and formulated the best Raspberry Moscow Mule recipe for your enjoyment!
Best Raspberry Moscow Mule Recipe
- Fresh (or frozen) raspberries
- Fresh limes
- Ginger beer
1. Raspberries are the key component of this recipe. Depending on the consistency you prefer, you may end up with a smooth raspberry purée, a chunky raspberry sauce or a raspberry syrup. Each of these options is described below.
Put a handful of fresh raspberries into your blender or food processor with a splash of lime juice. Blend until the fruit has broken down. Be careful not to blend too thinly where the seeds are small enough to slip through the holes of a strainer.
Place a strainer over a container and pour the raspberry and lime mixture into the strainer. Use the back of a spoon to press chunkier bits of the purée through.
Chunky Raspberry Sauce
This option is for those of you who enjoy the added texture from the pulp of the fruit. Drop a handful of fresh raspberries and freshly squeezed lime juice into a cup and then muddle the mash together until you reach your desired consistency.
Unless you want a mouth full of seeds, we recommend you use a strainer in this method as well.
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Fresh and frozen raspberries can be used for this one. Frozen raspberries must be thawed properly before cooking.
Place a handful of raspberries and a dash of freshly squeezed lime juice into a saucepan on low to medium heat. Cook for 10 minutes or until the fruit breaks down while stirring frequently.
Be cautious, because cooking on high heat may cause the berries to burn. Add water as desired if you think the syrup is too thick.
Remove from heat and strain.
Note: Allowing the syrup to sit and cool will cause it to thicken slightly.
2. Now that you have your fruit blend, it's time to add the vodka. Add a shot (or two) of your favorite vodka to the raspberry and lime mixture and stir. Better yet, if you have a cocktail shaker make use of it by combining the ingredients in the shaker. Give it a few robust shakes like the skilled bartender we know you are!
3. Lastly, top off your drink with a bit of ginger beer to give it that fiery kick and bubbly fizz. Stir gently.
Now you have yourself a spicy and fruity cocktail with a distinct tartness that is sure to awaken your taste buds.
The thing about cocktails is that presentation accounts for half, if not most, of their appeal. Impress your guests by following our tips on garnishes and serving.
When it comes to garnishing your cocktail imagination is the limit.
- Stick a lemon or a lime wheel on the rim of your serving mug or glass. The yellow or green will contrast beautifully with the red drink, especially if you are serving your cocktail in traditional copper mugs.
- If you have a few leftover raspberries, make a fruit skewer by pushing a toothpick through two or three juicy raspberries. Balance the toothpick on the rim of the cup or simply prop it gently on the side. This garnish doubles as a quick snack.
- A bonus of using frozen fruit is that you can use a few leftover raspberries as a fruity alternative to ice cubes. Drop a couple of frozen raspberries into your drink to keep the temperature colder for longer.
- Herbs have been a classic way to garnish cocktails and the Raspberry Moscow Mule is no exception. You can use fresh sprigs of thyme, basil or mint. To fully enjoy the benefits these herbs offer, make sure to place the herbs in the palm of your hand and give them a swift clap to release their fragrances.
- Gently place your herb garnish on top of your drink.
The contrast of red and green will be lost on no one during the holiday season!
Moscow Mules of any variety are best served in authentic copper mugs. However, fear not if you don't have the famous copper mugs that Moscow Mules are traditionally served in. Although there is something to be said about the aesthetic value of that rich copper hue, this drink is just as tasty served over ice in any available cup or glass you may have on hand.
Serve and enjoy!
Substitutes and Additions
We want to make sure that the recipe for the best Raspberry Moscow Mule can be enjoyed by all. That includes those of us who prefer to skip the alcohol and of course, children. No one should be denied this deliciousness!
Raspberry Moscow Mule Mocktail
Creating a Raspberry Moscow Mule Mocktail is as simple as eliminating the vodka. That's it! Skip the second step of the recipe and you have a drink just as delightful without the alcohol.
Do note, however, that while most commercially sold ginger beers are non-alcoholic, there are a few brands that have an average of 4.8% ABV (alcohol by volume). Some brands carry a whopping 8.7% ABV! Check the label before you buy it.
Sweetness vs Tartness
It's clear that the tart flavor of raspberries is what gives this variation of the Moscow Mule its uniqueness.
Sometimes achieving that delicate balance between sweetness and tartness can be a bit more difficult than you expect. Raspberries picked at their peak stage of ripeness are the sweetest.
If you find that the tartness of the raspberries is a bit overpowering, you can balance the flavors by adding a touch of simple syrup. If you do not have the store-bought version, it's easy to make. Add 1 part water to 1 part white sugar in a saucepan and simmer on low to medium heat.
Let cool and add as desired.
Ginger Beer vs Ginger Ale
These are two distinct products with different tastes. When it comes to making a Moscow Mule, ginger ale is not a substitute for ginger beer. Ginger beer, though carbonated, is usually fermented which produces a sharper ginger taste.
Ginger ale, on the other hand, is simply carbonated water with more delicate ginger notes. When ginger ale is added to a Moscow Mule the taste is overwhelmed by the other ingredients. The result: another drink entirely.
Ginger beer gives the Moscow Mule the spicy ginger zing and bubbles it is recognized for.
In addition to ginger beer, we suggest adding seltzer or sparkling water to the mix for more of that crisp and refreshing fizz.
Looking for a twist on this recipe? If so, check out our recipe for an awesome Strawberry Moscow Mule!