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Fresh Ginger Moscow Mule

Fresh Ginger Moscow Mule

Moscow Mules are usually made with bottled ginger beer, but nothing compares to the aromatic heat from the real thing.


  • 1 teaspoon finely grated peeled ginger
  • Candied ginger (for serving)

Recipe Preparation

  • Combine vodka, simple syrup, lime juice, and ginger in a cocktail shaker; fill shaker with ice. Shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice; top off with club soda and garnish with lime wedge and candied ginger.

Recipe by Fairmont Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada,Reviews SectionPretty easy to make, fresh ginger really does add a great kick on every sip.

The Moscow Mule belongs to a family of drinks called highballs, which just means the drink is more mixer than alcohol.

In this case, the classic formula calls for vodka and lime juice, topped with ginger beer, and served over ice in a copper mug. My recipe calls for 3 oz of ginger beer but you can add as much or as little as you’d like. A lime wedge and/or mint sprig on top and you have the perfect brunch or backyard sipper.

If the spicy bite of ginger beer isn’t for you, replace the ginger beer with ginger ale and you’ve got yourself a sweeter drink called a vodka buck.

Fresh Ginger Moscow Mule

Oy vey, Simone- A Fresh Ginger Moscow Mule? The Moscow Mule is one of the easiest cocktails you can make Throw some vodka, lime and good ginger beer in a glass with ice and you’re ready to clink glasses. And you’re making it complicated?

Don’t get me wrong, you are more than welcome to make your cocktail with the above recipe, and I do exactly that most of the time I’m in the mood for this sweet-spicy drink. But for the sake of this blog, where I promised cleaner cocktails made with real food ingredients, I went the somewhat more complicated route.

And I do mean somewhat the ginger syrup for this drink is actually super easy to make. It will just add about an hour on to the time it takes to make your Mule. But! Think of how amazing your house will smell whilst the ginger syrup is doing it’s thang. (SO amazing!) And think of all of the other things you can use your fresh ginger syrup for. (Homemade Ginger Ale! Drizzled on the scoop of ice cream atop your Apple Pie! So many cocktails!) Plus, if you’re thinking of DIYing for the holidays this year, a decorative jar filled with homemade ginger syrup makes a great gift! Especially if you pair it with a small bottle of good bourbon or vodka.

You can’t go wrong with a classic Mule, but make sure to check out the variations below as well.

Fresh Ginger Moscow Mule

makes one 8-10 ounce cocktail

1 1/2 ounces vodka
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce ginger syrup (recipe below)
crushed ice or ice cubes
club soda /seltzer
lime wedge and mint for garnish

  • In a rocks glass or copper mug, stir together the vodka, lime juice and ginger syrup. Add a handful of ice and top off with seltzer. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint sprig.

variations! (keep in mind I’m making some of these names up. Photographing cocktails in natural light requires day drinking)

For a Mexican Mule, sub the vodka for tequila.
For a Kentucky Mule, sub the vodka for bourbon.
For a Minty Mule, muddle a big sprig of mint in the glass before adding ice.
For a Summery Mule, muddle some fresh berries in the glass before adding the ice.
For a Flowery Mule, sub lemon juice for lime juice and add 1/2 ounce of elderflower liquor.

for the ginger syrup:
8 ounces fresh ginger, sliced thin and roughly chopped (no need to peel it)
2 cups water
1 cup honey

Other Moscow Mule Variations

Besides the Kentucky Mule and the Moscow Mule, there are a number of other variations. These include the London Mule, which uses gin instead of bourbon, the Caribbean mule, made with rum, the Mexican Mule using tequila and of course the Irish Mule with Irish Whisky.

Diet Ginger Beer is delicious in this too and makes for a keto-friendly, low calorie cocktail!

If you don’t have the traditional copper mugs, the Kentucky Mule can be served in a highball glass.

Top 5 Blueberry Mule Recipes

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:

  1. What are the health benefits of blueberries in your drink?
  2. What’s in a Blueberry Moscow Mule?
  3. What is the Classic Blueberry Mule recipe?
  4. 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.

The Blueberries

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.

The Garnish

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:

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:

  1. Place saucepan in medium heat and add the ginger juice, sugar, and blueberries.
  2. Once boiling, reduce heat and let simmer for an extra 20 minutes.
  3. Strain the thick syrup into a sealable container. Store in the refrigerator.

To create the Classic Blueberry Moscow Mule:

  1. In a copper mug, add the ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice.
  2. Pour some blueberry ginger syrup then stir. Add ice.
  3. 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.

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
  1. 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.
  2. In a copper mug, drop in the clapped mint leaves then fill with crushed ice.
  3. Add 2-3 ounces of blueberry vodka
  4. Squeeze in a wedge of lime, then top off this delightful concoction with ginger beer.
  5. 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. In a saucepan, add the sugar, water, and blueberries.
  2. Place pan in medium flame until boiling.
  3. Once boiling, lower the heat and let simmer for an additional 20 minutes.
  4. 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.

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
  1. Combine the ginger beer, vodka, lime juice, and blueberry syrup in a blender and blend accordingly.
  2. Add crushed ice and blend again.
  3. Pour into drink containers (copper mugs or margarita glasses) and garnish with fresh blueberries and mint leaves.
  4. 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
  1. In a shaker, muddle the lemon and blueberries in with the sugar.
  2. Pour the whiskey in and shake.
  3. Fill a copper mug or a regular whiskey glass with crushed ice.
  4. Strain the blueberry with whiskey mixture into the glass.
  5. Top off with ginger beer.
  6. 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
  1. In a blender, pour in the blueberries, sweetener, and water. Blend until smooth.
  2. Strain the juice as you pour into a jar.
  3. 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
  1. In a shaker, combine the blueberry juice, vodka, lime juice, and ice. Shake for 10 seconds.
  2. Add the ginger beer in the shaker and stir with a spoon.
  3. In a saucer, mix the cinnamon powder and sugar substitute
  4. Moisten the rim of the glass with the lime wedge and dip in the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  5. Add ice into a glass and pour the mixture in.
  6. 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. In a blender, squeeze out and pour in the lemon juice with the blueberries and grape juice. Blend until smooth.
  2. Using a lidded ice tray, pour in the liquid.
  3. 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
  1. Fill the copper mug with blueberry ice cubes.
  2. Pour in the ginger beer and vodka.
  3. 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!

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5. Pineapple Moscow Mule

Pineapple is the most popular tropical fruit because not only is it delicious, it is also very healthy and versatile to use. The vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, and pineapple juice combination are refreshing and a great drink, especially during the summer.


How to Make

  1. Fill a copper mug with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, pineapple juice, and lime juice.
  3. Top with ginger beer and stir.
  4. Garnish with a pineapple wedge, a ginger crystallized candy, and mint sprigs.

Tummy Taming Ginger

Holiday entertaining often comes with a lot of hearty food that can lead to bloating and discomfort. The double dose of ginger in this cocktail helps to support healthy digestion, ideal for sipping before or after a big meal or anytime an upset stomach strikes. Ginger tea also helps support the body’s natural defenses with antioxidants. Naturally caffeine-free, you can sip this tea-infused libation in the evening without any jitters.

No cocktail is complete without a garnish a sprig of rosemary and fresh cranberries add holiday flair along with a wheel of lime for added tangy zest. Other great garnishes for aroma and visual appeal include a slice of fresh ginger, lemon or grapefruit slices and a sprig of mint leaves.

Tip: Because this cocktail has plenty of flavor, it can be turned into an equally festive mocktail by omitting the alcohol.

This Moscow Mule is Made Special with a Splash of Bitters

We love a simple cocktail made extra special, like this Moscow Mule with bitters!

A Moscow Mule is one of the simplest cocktails we make. It’s made with only three ingredients most of the time, vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer.

We like to make ours a little special with a splash of bitters. Because a Moscow Mule is such a sweet drink normally, a dash of bitters helps to balance out that sweetness, and make that flavor a little more complex.

We love to use a high quality bitters, like Angostura Aromatic Bitters in this version of the classic Moscow Mule.

A great bitters like Angostura Aromatic makes all the difference!

This is one of our favorite cocktails, up right there with a traditional vodka and sprite with cranberry cocktail or a fresh, summery cherry and blueberry sangria!

Why does a Moscow Mule have to be in a copper cup?

A copper cup definitely makes a Moscow Mule look pretty, and it does a good job of keeping the drink cool as well.

A copper cup is also traditionally the way a Moscow Mule is served. The cup makes the simple mixture of vodka, ginger beer and lime a little more special.

Why is it called Moscow Mule?

The Russian Mule was created in the 1940’s. At the time, vodka wasn’t a popular drink, and it was generally considered to be a Russian Spirit.

The story goes that one day a somewhat unsuccessful vodka seller met up with a bartender who wasn’t able to sell much ginger beer. The two came up with idea to combine vodka and ginger beer.

They named their new vodka and ginger beer drink the Moscow Mule because of the association of vodka with Russia, and Mule was added because it was said the ginger beer added a kick of flavor.

A Moscow Mule is sometimes called a vodka buck.

Can you use ginger ale for Moscow Mule?

Yes, you can substitute ginger ale for ginger beer in a a Moscow Mule. However, you might find that the already sweet Moscow Mule becomes overly cloyingly sweet with ginger ale.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a Moscow Mule

  • ice
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 (8 to 12) cans or borttles ginger beer
  • mint sprigs, for garnish
  • lime wedges, for serving
  1. Fill two copper mugs with ice to the top.
  2. Pour 2 ounces of vodka and 1/2 ounce of fresh lime juice into each mug.
  3. Top off with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of mint and lime wedge.

Nutrition Information:


Serving Size:

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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