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Best Virgin Moscow Mule Recipe

Best Virgin Moscow Mule Recipe

Wherever there are great cocktail recipes, there are equally fabulous mocktail recipes for those of us who enjoy all the style and taste of cocktails without liquor. Today, we'll be presenting the best recipe for the Virgin Moscow Mule!

A cocktail is essentially a blend of two or more ingredients of which at least one is alcoholic. As of late, cocktails are getting more inventive with upwards of four and five ingredients.

The Moscow Mule keeps it classically simple with only three ingredients that most of us already have at home. Vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice.

The intense burn of the ginger beer blended with the refreshing sourness of lime juice delights the palate and warms you right up from the first sip.

There are a multitude of practical reasons for choosing a mocktail over a cocktail.

This could include health concerns and diet practices. Or, maybe you're the designated driver and don't want to miss out on a fun night with your social group.

Whatever the reason, mocktails make sure no one is left out.

Most will say that a mocktail is simply a recipe for any cocktail sans the alcoholic ingredient(s), but we're going to show you fantastic ways to enjoy a Virgin Moscow Mule without sacrificing flavor or taste.

Best Virgin Moscow Mule Recipe

Ingredients

  • Sparkling Water 
  • Fresh limes 
  • Ginger beer 
  • Simple syrup

Instructions

  1. You can either muddle a couple of fresh limes or use freshly squeezed lime juice. We won't tell if you decide to do both ;)
  2. Next, combine your favorite sparkling water and a splash of ginger beer
  3. Add a serving of simple syrup (1 part water, 1 part sugar)
  4. Stir. If you have a shaker on hand, you can also shake the combined ingredients together, but be cautious when pouring as the turbulence may have created a little extra fizz from the sparkling water.
  5. Pour over ice
  6. Enjoy!

With this excellent non-alcoholic version of the Moscow Mule, you can have guilt-free seconds or even thirds!

Health Benefits

Typically, in every 6 oz serving of the traditional Moscow Mule cocktail there are approximately 180 to 200 calories.

One fantastic upside of making a Moscow Mule mocktail is that with the extraction of vodka (say 1.5 oz) you can eliminate around 96 calories, meaning that a typical 6 oz serving is approximately 100 calories or less!

Layers of Flavors

Now that we've laid the foundations, it's time to explore the variations and wonderful layers we can add to perfect our Virgin Moscow Mule. With these alterations, your mocktails are sure to be enjoyed by all!

In addition to following the preparation of the basic recipe noted above, we suggest adding a few slices of fresh ginger to the mix.

To fully extract the flavors of the ginger, consider muddling it with your limes. Be careful to strain afterward, unless you want to be sucking up bits of ginger through your straw and set your mouth ablaze!

Coupled with the ginger beer, this is sure to amplify the smoldering tones of the original cocktail's taste.

Be sure to use ginger beer and not ginger ale. Most commercially sold ginger beer, though fermented, is alcohol-free. It differs from ginger ale in the way it is manufactured. The intensity of ginger essence in ginger ale isn’t comparable to that of the essence in ginger beer.

So, if you decide to replace ginger beer with ginger ale, you’ll be disappointed at the silenced flavors of ginger in your drink. Essentially, what you’d be drinking wouldn’t be a Moscow Mule at all. 

Take it from us, use ginger beer!

If you would rather direct your variations or additions towards the sweet and fruity citrus flavors of your Virgin Mule, you can switch out the simple syrup for a fruit-flavored syrup.

Use a lime-flavored syrup if you would like to stay true to the original characteristics of the classic Moscow Mule.

If you're looking to put a spin on your virgin mule, don't be afraid to try any berry-flavored syrup for an extra layer of fruity goodness.

Sugar-Free Options

Not everyone is a fan of sugar and all things sweet. With this modification, the recipe can accommodate those of us who are patrolling our sugar intake due to dieting and/or health concerns.

More specifically, if you're counting calories or looking to steer clear of sugar all together, you can modify the Virgin Mule recipe by using sugar-free syrup. 

With 8 grams of sugar in one tablespoon of conventional syrup, the sugar-free option is a great way to go. A couple of dollops of the sugar-free syrup is a guilt-free way to enjoy the sweetness of this mocktail without the guilt.

Depending on your location and accessibility, you may or may not find brands of sugar-free syrup. All the merrier if you can!

If you can’t find sugar-free syrup, another option is to use flavored sparkling water to add some additional flavour to your mocktail. Some brands of flavored sparkling water are sold in tasty flavors with no sugar, no sweeteners, and no calories. Furthermore, the carbonation in sparkling water will augment the invigorating fizz of the ginger beer. Win-win-win!

Serving Time

Just because we've decided to forego the alcohol component doesn't mean we're also forsaking presentation. We're all about balance in life as well as in mocktails. So, if one component of the drink has been removed, another must be added!

And what better place to embellish then in the presentation?

It's no secret that the Moscow Mule is served in a copper mug. There are a variety of reasons why, and one of them is that copper is trusted to maintain a cooler temperature. In addition, the copper adds a "zing" to the flavor of the cocktail with each sip.

Whatever the reason, we can't deny that a Moscow Mule served in a copper mug just looks and feels right. The same is to be said for a Virgin Mule.

Besides, if we’re talking about looks, no one has to know you’re drinking a mocktail if you don’t want them to. The copper mug will keep your secret!

In lieu of serving your Virgin Mule in a copper mug, you can serve it in any bar glass. With so many types and shapes of cocktail glasses, there really is no reason why you couldn't enjoy your mocktail in a highball, an old fashion glass, or even a martini glass.

Whatever you have on hand should work just fine!

Garnish Like a Pro

Add a lime wedge to the rim and voila!

Want to take things up a notch? Drag the lime wedge along the rim of your glass, allowing the citrus to coat the edge. Turn your glass upside down into a plate of salt or sugar.

Extra points for presentation and added flavor with every sip!

For herb garnishes, clap your choice of herbs between your hands to bruise it lightly and release its essential oils and aroma. Mint works great!

And here's an extra tip. If you have them, sprinkle a few pomegranate seeds on the surface of your drink! However, be careful if drinking with a straw as those little seeds will get sucked right up! It’s also a beautiful addition to your Virgin Mule, as you can see in the photo below.

Conclusion

We hope this article has been useful in helping to introduce you to the Virgin Moscow Mule! The Moscow Mule is an incredibly versatile drink, so don't hesitate to let your creativity push you to experiment with new variations. And, if you want to take your presentation and style up a notch, make sure to equip your kitchen bar with a few copper mugs!

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7 Best Moscow Moose Recipes

7 Best Moscow Moose Recipes

The Moscow Moose cocktail is one of the most notable spin-offs of the traditional Moscow Mule drink. It melds the fresh flavors of the warmer months with the dark flavors of the cold ones. If you're wondering, "what is a Moscow Moose?", the answer is that it's a simple cocktail with a classic mix of ginger beer, lime, vodka, and rye. Rye is a popular cocktail ingredient that brings a sharp spiciness to the mix. This cocktail is super easy to make at home and ridiculously refreshing.

The Moscow Moose itself has several varieties, all of which pack a punch. Some use rye as an addition to the original recipe, while others replace vodka with it. Whichever way you go, the cocktail gives you something new to try if you’re looking for a way to spice up your cocktail. 

In this article, we’ll take a look at the following: 

  • What’s in a Moscow Moose?
  • When is the best time for a Moscow Moose cocktail?
  • Moscow Moose cocktail recipes
  • The ginger beer in your Moscow Moose
  • Health benefits of ginger beer
  • Ginger beer recipe

What’s in a Moscow Moose?

This cocktail contains the basic ingredients of a Moscow Mule, which are ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice. What makes it a Moscow Moose is the addition of rye whiskey. The combination of ginger and rye makes a spicy and zesty drink. Rye has a peppery taste, one that’s a bit too strong and which is slightly balanced by the hint of sweetness found in ginger. Then there’s the bitterness in lime, which adds a citric twist to the cocktail. 

When is the Best Time for a Moscow Moose Cocktail?

Because of its flavor, a rye cocktail is great for cold weather days. You can also drink it on a hot sunny day or anytime you want a distinct flavor in your drink. Rye is savory enough, and you’ll always be able to taste it through the lime and ginger. 

Moscow Moose Cocktail Recipes

Here are some of the best Moose drink recipes which strike that elusive balance between strong, spicy, and sweet. Even better, they’re pretty easy to prepare and don’t require much in terms of ingredients. They are all utterly spectacular in their simplicity. 

The Classic Moscow Moose

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. rye whiskey 
  • 4 oz. ginger beer 
  • ½ tbsp. lemon juice 
  • 1 tsp amaretto 
  • Lemon twist 

Instructions

  • Place ice in a glass, then add whiskey, lemon juice, and amaretto. 
  • Top with ginger beer and give a quick stir. 
  • Garnish with the lemon twist and enjoy. 

Canadian Moscow Moose Cocktail 

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes 

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. Canadian rye whiskey 
  • 1 oz. haskap liqueur 
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice 
  • 0.5 0z. maple syrup 
  • 1 tsp ginger beer
  • 4 dashes apple bitters 

Instructions

  • Put crushed ice in a mug, then add the rye whiskey, lime, haskap liqueur, and maple syrup. Top with ginger beer.
  • Add bitters. 
  • Garnish with ginger and serve.

Apple bitters give this Canadian drink a flavor profile different from all the other varieties of Moscow Moose cocktail. They also enhance the aromas in the cocktail, exposing hints of lime, whiskey, liqueur, and ginger. Apple bitters balance out the sourness in the rye whiskey and lime, which is suitable for you if you would love a cocktail that’s a little bit lightly flavored. This effect is further improved upon by the maple syrup, which gives the cocktail a sugary twist.

The haskap liqueur is made from haskap berries and has a sweetness you would find in a mix of raspberries, blackcurrants, and blueberries. This combination of ingredients makes the cocktail an excellent choice for anyone with a sweet tooth who would like to blunt the bitter taste of the moose drink. 

Whiskey Ginger Moscow Moose Cocktail 

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes 

Serves 1

Ingredients 

  • 6 oz. ginger ale
  • 2 oz. rye whiskey 
  • 0.5 oz. lime juice
  • Lime wedge

Instructions

  • Put ice in a copper mug, then pour in the whiskey. 
  • Add the ginger ale and lime juice. 
  • Garnish with lime wedge.
  • Enjoy. 

Ginger ale is not as strong as ginger beer, but it has a refreshing citrusy taste. When mixed with whiskey and lime juice, a spicy-sweet flavor is created. 

Birch Beer Moscow Moose 

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes 

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • A sprig of mint 
  • 2 blueberries 
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 2 oz. vodka 
  • 2 tbsp. birch beer
  • Ice

Instructions

  • Muddle the lime, mint, and blueberries together in a copper mug. 
  • Pour in the vodka and birch beer, then mix. 
  • Add ice and enjoy. 

Birch beer is a type of carbonated soft drink that usually includes birch bark and herbal extracts. So, if you love adding a bit of herbal spice to your drink, this is the cocktail for you. In this recipe, the red birch beer adds taste as well as color, making the drink all the more irresistible. The blueberries bring a sweet tartness into the mix and, the fresher they are, the more juice they produce. This makes for an even richer cocktail. 

Not only will you be making your Moscow Moose more flavorful with these berries, but you’ll also be reaping their health benefits. Blueberries are full of antioxidants that boost the body’s immunity by fighting free radicals, which cause cell damage. This mix is quite refreshing because of the mint. When mint is muddled, it releases an oil extract with a sweet, aromatic flavor. Freshness is vital when it comes to adding mint to your alcoholic drink, as it will release more of its juice and scent. 

Moscow Moose Drink with Soda Water

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes 

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1/8 oz. soda water
  • 1 oz. ginger beer 
  • 1 lime wedge 
  • 1 lemon wedge 
  • Sprig of mint 
  • Ice

Instructions

  • Fill a mug with crushed ice. 
  • Stir vodka, lemon, ginger beer, and soda water then pour into the mug. 
  • Garnish with mint and lime wedge. 
  • Serve.

    Soda water has a slightly sour taste, with a note of citrus. It’s suitable for bringing subtle flavor changes to this cocktail, and also adds fizziness.

    Amaretto Moscow Moose Cocktail

    Preparation Time: 5 Minutes 

    Serves 1

    Ingredients

    • 1 tsp. amaretto 
    • 2 oz. rye whiskey 
    • I tbsp. fresh lemon juice 
    • Lemon twist 
    • 2 oz. ginger beer
    • Ice

    Instructions

    • Pour ice in a glass, then add rye. 
    • Mix in lemon juice and amaretto. 
    • Top with ginger beer and stir to combine. 
    • Use lemon twist to garnish.
    • Serve. 

    Amaretto is an Italian liqueur with a sweet taste. Traditionally, bitter almonds are used for flavoring, but there are varieties prepared using peach and apricot stones. Amaretto is used in mixed alcoholic drinks and adds an almond-like flavor. This liqueur blends exceptionally well with several flavorings, among them citrus. If you are interested in trying out Italian-based cocktails, this Amaretto Moscow Moose drink recipe is a good place to start. 

    Other than being a suitable pairing for the amaretto, lemon juice makes its mark in this mixed drink by adding some sourness. In addition, freshly squeezed lemon juice will do more for your Moose than store-bought varieties, which are less delicious. Also, keep in mind that the longer the citric juice remains in your cocktail, the better-tasting it gets. Its aroma also becomes stronger. 

    Peppermint Moscow Moose Cocktail 

    Preparation Time: 2 Minutes 

    Serves 1

    Ingredients

    • 2 oz. peppermint schnapps 
    • 1.25 oz. vodka

    Instructions

    • Pour the peppermint schnapps into a glass. Add the vodka. Serve. 

    If you don’t mind strong cocktails, then this combination of schnapps and vodka has got you covered. With such simple preparation, it's ideal when you're in a hurry or preparing drinks for a large group. The type of schnapps used here has a minty flavor that will take away a bit of edge from the vodka. Note that its minty flavor is more on the intense side, and it also contains a high percentage of alcohol. 

    The Ginger Beer in Your Moscow Moose

    Ginger beer remains an essential ingredient in any variation of the Moscow Mule, including the Moscow Moose drink. Since it’s a common ingredient in all of these recipes, let’s have a look at its benefits and how you can make your own at home. 

    Health Benefits of Ginger Beer

    These are some of the health benefits of ginger beer:

    • Relieves Nausea and Helps in Digestion – Ginger beer aids in the movement of food through the stomach, promoting smooth digestion. Gingerol and shogaol are the active compounds found in ginger, and they relieve stomach irritations. The compounds encourage the production of saliva and bile, both of which are useful in food digestion. Ginger beer also relieves nausea. 
    • Anti-bacterial – Ginger root contains anti-bacterial properties that are useful in flushing out fungi and bacteria from the body. When you make ginger beer an essential part of your cocktails, you decrease your need to depend on antibiotics to fight bacterial and fungal infections. 
    • Fights Inflammation – Gingerol has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking ginger beer can, therefore, help suppress inflammation associated with conditions such as hepatitis, arthritis, and gastritis.

    Ginger Beer Recipe

    Preparation Time: 3 hours

    Ready In: 3 days

    Ingredients

    • ¼ cup grated ginger root, peeled 
    • ½ tsp. cream of tartar 
    • ¼ cup lemon juice 
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 tsp. dry yeast 
    • Water

    Instructions

    • Combine the ginger, lemon juice, and cream of tartar in a large pot. Add 4 cups of water and bring the mixture to boil. 
    • Reduce heat, add sugar, then stir and simmer until it’s fully dissolved. Remove from the heat. 
    • Add 40 ounces (5 cups) of water to the pot. Leave it to cool down to 23°c. Add yeast and stir. 
    • Cover the pot with a clean cloth or towel, then store away from light in a warm place for 3 hours. 
    • Using a strainer to remove bits of ginger, transfer the mixture into a pitcher.
    • Fill into glass bottles, only 2/3 full to allow for fermentation. Leave to ferment for 3 days. 
    • Refrigerate to prevent further fermenting, or put in room temperature for more fermentation. 

    Get Your Quick Fix

    The Moscow Moose cocktail is a simple-to-make drink that takes very little time. Remember to use fresh limes, lemons, blueberries, and even homemade ginger beer if you can for the freshest taste and aroma. To perfect the presentation of your Mule drink, consider using some authentic copper mugs!

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    Best Raspberry Moscow Mule Recipe

    Best Raspberry Moscow Mule Recipe

    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

    Ingredients

    • Fresh (or frozen) raspberries
    • Fresh limes
    • Vodka
    • Ginger beer

    Instructions

    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.

    Raspberry Purée

    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.

    Raspberry Syrup


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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.

    Refrigerate.

    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.

    Garnishing

    When it comes to garnishing your cocktail imagination is the limit.

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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!

    Serving

    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!

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    7 Best Russian Mule Recipes

    7 Best Russian Mule Recipes

    If you're like us, you think the Russian Mule is a fabulous cocktail. But what is the best way to make and serve the Russian Mule? In this post, we lay out the classic Russian Mule recipe along with six awesome variations that will keep you coming back for more! We also explain the origins of this classic drink and the best way to serve it. Read on!

    Introduction

    A truly exceptional cocktail is more than swishing alcohol together with your go-to mixture. Cocktails should heighten your senses with exquisite presentation, flavors, and aromas. Drinking itself brings people together to experience fun, share stories, and have a good laugh. Thus, any cocktail worth sipping needs a story and personality of its own. And one such cocktail is the Russian Mule.

    The Russian Mule, also known as the Moscow Mule, is a cocktail that has been around for decades. There are a couple of stories that explain how it came into existence, but one of the most popular ones has its origins in Los Angeles. Story has it that in 1941, three people whose businesses were not doing so well found a way to make their products complement each other to build sales.

    Jack Morgan, the owner of the Cock 'n' Bull pub, had a stock of ginger beer in his basement that wasn’t selling very well. John Martin had bought a vodka distillery in the 1930s, but that too was not doing well. Lastly, Sophie Berezinski had come to the United States from Russia with a load of copper mugs from her father’s factory that she hoped to sell. Together, as they discussed the woes of their ventures, they began entertaining the idea of a cocktail made of ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice served in a copper mug. That is how the Russian Mule was born, and it has enjoyed immense popularity ever since. 

    In this article, we’ll explore:

    • Making the Russian Mule
    • How is the Russian Mule served?
    • Russian Mule Recipes

    Making the Russian Mule

    The Russian Mule drink recipe has three main ingredients. Spicy ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice. Over time, many variations have emerged, but most of them still include these three. Today, the cocktail remains a favorite in many parts of the world, but more so in the United States.

    How is the Russian Mule Served?

    Since its inception, the copper mug has become the traditional cup in which the Russian Mule drink is served. After the meeting at the Cock ‘n' Bull, it’s reported that Martin, the owner of the vodka distillery, traversed the country popularizing the new cocktail. He would ask bartenders to pose for photos with a copper mug and a bottle of his vodka. They would keep one photo for display, and he would keep the other for marketing. 

    The best cocktail makers know that icy drinks served in copper cups have an extra sensation because the metal quickly takes on the chilled temperature of the cocktail. The mug's rim becomes cold almost instantly, giving your lips a frozen feeling. Copper is highly effective at insulating the cold temperature of liquids and deflecting heat. The mug’s handle helps preserve drink temperature and keeps the heat from your hand away from the walls of the copper mug.

    What’s more, using copper cups enhances the individual flavors of vodka, ginger beer, and lime. According to some experts, once vodka comes into contact with the walls of the mug, copper starts to oxidize, enhancing the taste, and boosting the aroma of vodka slightly.

    Cold copper brings to life lime juice, intensifying the tangy citrus notes while at the same time reducing the acidity to better compliment the spiciness of the ginger beer. Also, extra cold copper increases the bubbles in carbonated ginger, making the Russian Mule even fizzier, when compared to serving it in a glass or plastic container. 

    When all these flavors attain their maximum potential, they make the Russian Mule a classic American cocktail.

    Here are some of the best recipes for the Russian Mule, along with some great variations on the classic:

    The Classic Russian Mule Recipe

    Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
    Serves 1

    Ingredients:

    • 4 oz ginger beer 
    • 2 oz vodka 
    • 1 oz fresh lime juice 
    • 0.5 oz sugar syrup
    • Lime wedge
    • 2 pieces of ginger 

    Instructions:

    • In a shaker, muddle the pieces of ginger then add vodka, sugar syrup, and lime juice.
    • Shake until they’re well combined and strain into a copper mug. 
    • Top with ginger beer. 
    • Add ice, and use a lime wedge to garnish. 
    • Serve. 

    This recipe contains the basic Russian Mule ingredients. The sugar syrup is used as a sweetener, which is easier to add to cold beverages compared to granulated sugar. 

    The English Russian Mule

    Preparation Time: 5 Minutes 
    Serves 1

    Ingredients:

    • 4 oz ginger beer
    • 2 oz English gin
    • 1 oz lime juice 
    • 0.5 oz sugar syrup 
    • Lime wedge
    • Ice

    Instructions:

    • Pour the ginger, lime juice, and sugar syrup into a mug and stir to mix. 
    • Add ginger beer and ice. 
    • Garnish with the lime wedge. 
    • Enjoy. 

    Gin is a favorite drink among the Britons, which makes it an ideal ingredient to add to this English version of the Russian Mule. It has a herbal, piney flavor that blends well with sweet, slightly spicy ginger beer.

    One of the reasons why gin became so popular is because of its benefits to the body. To begin with, it has a much lower calorie count than other alcoholic drinks. Each shot comes at around 97 calories. In addition, it’s low in sugar, and these two attributes make it a good ingredient for people who are keen on managing their weight. Gin also helps reduce the signs of skin aging, given that its main ingredient, juniper, is rich in anti-oxidants.

    The Mimic (Non-Alcoholic) Russian Mule Recipe

    Preparation Time: 3 Minutes 
    Serves 1

    Ingredients:

    • 8 oz non-alcoholic ginger beer
    • 1 lime, sliced
    • 1 pinch mint
    • Mint sprig

    Instructions:

    • Muddle the sliced lime and mint in a shaker, then add ginger beer and shake. 
    • Strain into a glass and garnish with a mint sprig. 
    • Serve. 

    This is a non-alcoholic version of the Russian mule cocktail. It comes with the same invigorating flavor and is a suitable option if you want to lay off the alcohol. For the best result, ensure the lime and mint are fresh. That way, they will release a lot of flavor and aroma into the Russian Mule drink.

    The Russian-Mexican Mule Recipe

    Preparation Time: 5 Minutes 
    Serves 1

    Ingredients:

    • 2 oz tequila 
    • 4 oz ginger beer 
    • 1 oz lime juice 
    • 0.5 oz syrup
    • Mint sprig
    • Ice

    Instructions:

    • Combine the ginger beer, tequila, lime juice, and syrup in a copper mug. 
    • Add ice. 
    • Garnish with mint sprigs and serve. 

    Tequila and Mexico go hand in hand, and that’s what gives this recipe its Mexican identity. The drink is known for its burning sensation and is liked by many, while others dislike it in equal measure. However, when tequila is combined with ginger beer, its bitterness is balanced out and made more bearable to those who don’t fancy it. Of course, the lime juice and sugar syrup add more of the citrusy, sweet edge. 

    In addition, having a bit of tequila in your cocktail may aid with digestion. Tequila has high levels of insulin, which encourage the growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract, inducing better digestion. It’s also good for bones, can help control blood sugar by lowering its levels, and also reduces the level of pain perception. If you have been having trouble sleeping, a glass of this may help calm your nerves and ease you into a restful slumber. 

    Pineapple and Ginger Russian Mule

    Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
    Serves 1

    Ingredients:

    • 1½ oz vodka
    • ¾ oz ginger simple syrup
    • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice 
    • ¼ oz pineapple juice
    • Splash of club soda 
    • Ice cube

    Instructions:

    • Pour vodka, lime juice, and ginger syrup into a cocktail shaker and combine. 
    • Add an ice cube, then shake well. 
    • Strain mixture into a copper mug and add pineapple juice. 
    • Top with a splash of club soda. 
    • Serve. 

    For fruit lovers, this is the ideal Russian Mule drink recipe. The sweet and tart tropical flavors of the pineapple make it a refreshing drink suitable for any occasion. Club soda brings a mineral flavor, adding more texture to the drink. 

    Not to forget that pineapple juice has several health benefits. Firstly, it contains bromelain, an enzyme that has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It helps prevent and reduce swelling, bruising, and is useful in the treatment of injuries. Secondly, research has shown that this enzyme is instrumental in fighting the growth of cancerous cells in the body when used alongside chemotherapy. When bromelain is consumed regularly, it can help reduce the risks of developing colon and prostate cancer. 

    Lastly, thanks to its vitamin C content, pineapple juice reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. With such benefits, a mug of this Russian Mule variation seems like a good thing any day. 

    Orange Russian Mule

    Prep Time: 5 Minutes 
    Serves 1

    Ingredients:

    • 2 oz vodka
    • 2 oz orange juice
    • 4 oz non-alcoholic ginger beer
    • 2 tbsp. lime juice 
    • Ice
    • 1 Orange slice

    Instructions:

    • Combine vodka, orange juice, ginger beer, and lime juice in a glass. 
    • Add ice and stir. 
    • Garnish with an orange slice.
    • Enjoy. 

    This is another sweet and refreshing drink for anyone looking to brighten up their cocktail. Even better, orange juice comes with a host of health benefits that makes this Russian Mule variation all the more worthwhile. This citric drink is full of important nutrients such as potassium, folate, and vitamin C. These nutrients promote bone health, boost the immune system, and protect against cardiovascular disease. 

    Orange juice is also a rich source of anti-oxidants that fight oxidative damage in the body. These include flavonoids and carotenoids. Besides helping prevent diseases such as cancer, anti-oxidants also promote healthier skin. 

    The Aussie-Russian Mule Cocktail

    Prep Time: 5 Minutes
    Yields 1 Glass

    Ingredients:

    • 2 oz ginger beer
    • 2 oz dark rum 
    • 1 oz lime juice 
    • 0.5oz sugar syrup 
    • Ice
    • 1 lime wedge 

    Instructions:

    • Mix the ginger beer, rum, sugar syrup, and lime juice in a copper mug. 
    • Add ice and stir. 
    • Garnish with the lime wedge. 
    • Serve. 

    What gin is for Britain, rum is for Australia. Dark rum, with its notable taste, makes smooth cocktails. These are especially spicy and delicious when ginger beer is added into the mix. 

    A Drink That Makes Your Day

    With so many variations on the classic Russian Mule cocktail, it's up to you to decide which one appeals best to your tastes and preferences. To take your cocktail experience to the next level, make sure to get some authentic copper mugs for your next batch of Russian Mules!

     

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    Best Strawberry Mule Recipe

    Best Strawberry Mule Recipe

    It’s summertime, the days are long, the sun is hot and your thirst seems unquenchable. Never fear: we’ll teach you how to make the Strawberry Moscow Mule, which is one of the best summer cocktails! You may not be a stranger to the Moscow Mule, but today we’re going to focus on a variation that will have you serving up pitchers of this drink all summer long!

    History of the Strawberry Moscow Mule

    The Strawberry Moscow Mule is a crowd-pleaser that is sure to have everyone craving more. However, do be careful. Since this is an alcoholic drink we advise you to practice drinking in moderation. We know, we know ... easier said than done, especially with a drink so delicious!

    The Moscow Mule boasts more than a century’s worth of being one of America’s favorite classic cocktails and with good reason. This cleverly simple cocktail is a combination of ingredients so common, most of us can make one right now without having to make a trip to the store.

    All you need is vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. With such a phenomenal taste, it’s scary how simple it is to make.

    The story of how the Moscow Mule was invented is pretty simple. One seller of vodka, another of ginger beer, and a third selling copper mugs came together with an ingenious idea in the 1940s and thus the Moscow Mule was born.

    The popularity of the drink spread like wildfire and soon enough Americans had gone from thinking vodka was the Russian way of saying ‘horrible’ to being welcomed as a reputable alcoholic base for cocktails.

    The drink can be described as being sweet, spicy and refreshing all at once. The lime juice in this drink gives it a tart and rousing flavor, perfect for a pick me up on a hot day, but the spiciness of the ginger beer gives it a robustness that won't be overpowered.

    Mixed with vodka, served over ice and garnished with a lime wheel, it’s a perfect drink of choice to help you stay cool in when you need it. The traditional use of a copper mug maintains those crispy cool temperatures for even longer. Its gingery flavor also makes it a delectable choice during the holidays.

    The magic behind this drink is that there is no one way to make it. Through the years there have been quite a few variations and additions to the Moscow Mule. Some recipes alter the amounts of each ingredient, tipping the balance when it comes to flavor.

    In our cocktail experiments, we developed the Strawberry Moscow Mule and we couldn't wait to share it!

    Nature has an uncanny way of putting opposites together to make the perfect pair. Strawberry and lime are no exception. Something about the sweetness of strawberries and the tartness of limes come together in a classic combination of sweet and sour.

    First, we'll roll out the classic recipe for the Strawberry Moscow Mule. Then, we will discuss variations and different ways to make it.

    Strawberry Moscow Mule Recipe

    Ingredients

    • Fresh strawberries
    • Fresh limes
    • Vodka
    • Ginger beer

    Instructions

    1. Depending on how you like the consistency of your fruit you’ll either want to muddle the strawberries or blend them in a food processor. Muddling, of course, will leave you with chunkier bits in your drink, while blending will give you a smoother consistency (we prefer muddling as it creates more texture).
    2. Next, squeeze some lime juice into your strawberry mixture. Muddling the limes with the strawberry also works excellently.
    3. Add a shot (or two) of vodka
    4. Finally, top it off with a splash of ginger beer and some ice. 

    It really is that simple! Now you’ve got yourself a fizzy, fruity cocktail!

    Strawberry Mule Mocktail

    We have found ways to tweak this recipe so it can be enjoyed by all. For those of us who would prefer to skip the alcohol, you can enjoy a strawberry mule mocktail with the same great taste like the original.

    Simply follow the classic recipe without the addition of alcohol.

    Do keep in mind that there is both alcoholic and non-alcoholic ginger beer. If you are looking to avoid any alcohol, the non-alcoholic ginger beer is pretty popular and easy to find in most well-stocked supermarkets.

    You might be thinking that you can substitute the ginger beer with ginger ale, but these two drinks are manufactured uniquely, and the results have different tastes.

    Ginger beer is brewed or fermented, which allows the taste and flavoring of ginger to be more robust. On the other hand, ginger ale is more carbonated and has less of a gingery taste.

    The use of ginger ale in a Strawberry Mule cocktail or mocktail would alter the taste of the drink. The taste of ginger would be overpowered by the strawberry and lime and you would be left with something other than a Strawberry Mule.

    Another plus of this variation is that Strawberry Mule mocktails can also be served to children.

    Fresh or Frozen

    Strawberries

    Not everyone has access to fresh strawberries and, for those of you who don’t, you may be wondering if you can make the same delicious cocktail or mocktail with frozen strawberries and the answer is: yes!

    Frozen fruit lacks in areas of freshness, quality and sometimes even texture when compared to their fresh counterparts but, at the end of the day, a frozen strawberry is still a strawberry.

    Frozen strawberries can be thawed by leaving them in the refrigerator, placing them under running water or by leaving them in a container of water. If thawed improperly or for too long they may turn into a mushy mess.

    Leaving them in the refrigerator for a couple of hours should do the trick. Muddle or blend as desired.

    Limes

    Limes are always in season, at least for some. If you’re working with frozen limes, be sure to thaw properly before muddling with your strawberries. There’s also nothing wrong with using lime concentrate, but since the concentrate offers less brightness in flavor you may want to use more concentrate vs. freshly squeezed lime juice to achieve the same effect.

    Note: Lemons are NOT a substitute for lime (at least in this case). If you use lemons or lemon juice you’ll pretty much end up with a gingery lemonade.

    Substitutes and Additions

    Outside of substituting fresh fruit for frozen options, there is a bit of wiggle room when it comes to the other ingredients needed for making a Strawberry Mule. There are also some bonus ingredients one can add to take it to another level and satisfy personal tastes.

    Fizziness

    Ginger beer gives the Strawberry Mule its fiery burn and bubbly fizz. In addition to using ginger beer, we’ve read some recipes that also use tonic water, sparkling water or seltzer.

    Essentially these are all carbonated water, but because of their unique compositions they have distinct tastes.

    Seltzer and sparkling water are great additions to the Strawberry Mule if you’re only looking for bubbles without changing the taste.

    Tonic water is slightly bitter so if you insist on adding tonic water to your Strawberry Mule then we suggest adding simple syrup to balance out the taste.

    Sweetness

    In addition, we suggest adding simple syrup (1 part water and 1 part white sugar) if you want to amplify the sweetness of your cocktail or mocktail. One recipe we came across used Sprite in lieu of tonic water which packs a great citrus punch, intensifies fizz and enhances sweetness.

    Spiciness

    The Strawberry Moscow Mule is already spicy in nature due to its ginger beer component, but some people want to up the ante when it comes to spiciness. Some recipes require adding jalapeno slices.

    For those of you brave enough to try, it's quite simple. One method is to add jalapeno slices to your vodka, shake, and let it sit overnight for maximum spiciness. If you prefer less intensity, let it sit for 1 hour.

    Another option is to cook the jalapeno slices in a saucepan for five minutes in a mixture of simple syrup. The jalapeno slices can be left in the syrup or strained before mixing with your cocktail.

    Don't forget to remove the seeds before adding the jalapenos.

    Similar to a jalapeno syrup, some recipes use ginger slices in their syrup to enhance the flavor of this cocktail.

    Zesty and spicy notes from the ginger are strongest with the addition of ginger syrup. Using ginger syrup in your Strawberry Mule cocktail or mocktail is a perfect recipe tweak for the holiday season.

    How to Serve Strawberry Mules

    If you’ve had a Moscow Mule it comes as no secret to you that they are traditionally served in copper mugs to keep temperatures at optimal levels.

    Lately, there has been speculation on whether or not the toxicity of copper activated by the acidity of the limes makes for poor health choices. If you prefer to maintain the aesthetic value of the copper mug when serving your strawberry mules it is suggested to use nickel lined copper mugs to protect any copper properties from leaching into your drink.

    When it comes to garnishes there are recipes that use sprigs of fresh herbs, or citrus wedges and peels. Feel free to use one or combinations of two or three. When it comes to cocktails, the presentation is just as important as taste.

    Fruit wedges are probably the easiest and most functional garnish. Use a slice of citrus fruit or a juicy strawberry. Chances are you will either squeeze your fruit garnish into your drink to add a spritz of extra flavor or take a bite.

    When using fresh herbs, many recipes make use of basil, thyme, mint, and rosemary. Make sure to slap the herbs between your hands to release their natural fragrances before placing them on top of your Strawberry Mule.

    Once you have made your first Strawberry Mule cocktail or mocktail you'll be sure to come back for more!

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