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20 Best Moscow Mule Recipes for the Weekend

You’ve seen those stunning copper mugs on social media, right?

So why not buy some and try these sensational Moscow mule recipes?! They’re beyond delish and will make your Insta feed shine.

Cold Moscow Mule with Cranberries, an Orange Wedge, and Rosemary
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Believe it or not, this classic (and scrumptious!) vodka cocktail only needs three ingredients.

Just stir fresh lime juice with decent vodka and fizzy ginger beer (alcoholic or not).

That simple blend is guaranteed to cool you off during a hot, balmy day.

But did you know you can substitute vodka for pretty much any liquor, and you’ve got a whole new drink? It’s true!

From rum and tequila to smoky mezcal, these Moscow mule recipes are too good to resist.

Moscow Mule Cocktails & Drink Recipes

Moscow mule cocktail on ice garnished with lime wheel.

1. Classic Moscow Mule 

Before we get into all the fantastic variations of this tasty summer cocktail, let’s start with the basics.

You’ll love this classic Moscow mule recipe for its ease and simplicity. And if you’re a purist at heart, it’s by far the best of the bunch. 

For the tastiest Moscow mule around, use Titos and Fever-Tree (vodka and ginger beer).

Oh, and always use fresh lime juice!

Ingredients: vodka, lime juice, ginger beer, lime wedge

2. Moonshine Mule  

Everyone buys a jar of moonshine if they visit Kentucky. And this is one of the best ways to use it up when you get home.

This moonshine mule recipe provides the perfect combination of gingery citrus with a powerful kick!

If you find vodka isn’t quite strong enough, this is the drink for you.

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Every sip warms you up from head to toe.

Ingredients: ginger, moonshine, ginger beer, ice, lime

3. Mexican Mule 

As a massive margarita lover, this is one of my favorite Moscow mule variations. And it’s especially delicious with the spicy garnish!

You’ll use tequila instead of vodka, which adds a little more flavor and complexity to every sip.

But the key ingredient here is the jalapeño garnish. Trust me, it’s a must!

The spiciness mixes so perfectly with the heat of the ginger beer. It’s such a fun twist on the typically clean classic.

Ingredients: tequila blanco, Cointreau, lime juice, ginger beer, lime wedges, jalapeno slices

Two servings of Kentucky mule in a mule mug beside a bunch of mint sprig in a glass.

4. Kentucky Mule 

If you want a drink that’s crisp, spiced, and deeply flavorful, you have to try the Kentucky Mule.

Also known as the Bourbon Mule, it features – you guessed it – Kentucky Bourbon instead of vodka.

That added sweetness makes this one hard to resist.

Ingredients: Kentucky bourbon, lime juice, ginger beer

5. Jalapeño Moscow Mule 

Now, here’s a rendition you’ve gotta try! And no, there’s no tequila in this recipe.

Instead, you’ll use a mix of gin, jalapeños, and ginger beer. Each element brings an enjoyable mouthfeel, making your palate crave more.

It’s refreshing, cool, and loaded with fun flavors. No deck lounging is complete without a tumbler full of this bright drink.

Ingredients: fresh mint, jalapenos, lime juice, gin, ginger beer, simple syrup

6. Strawberry Moscow Mule

If you love a cold glass of strawberry limeade on a humid day, you’ll go nuts for this adult version.

Can you think of a better combination than strawberry, lime, and ginger beer?

Each sip is so fruity and tart that you won’t want to share.

Ingredients: strawberries, ginger beer, vodka, simple syrup, lime juice, ice, fresh mint

7. Gin-Gin Mule Cocktail (London Mule)

Botanical gin and spiced ginger beer is a combination that’s sure to make your mouth water.

This gin-gin mule cocktail tastes almost like a mojito but with a gingery aftertaste.

Does it get any better?

Just combine lime juice with gin, mint, simple syrup, and ginger beer to concoct a drool-worthy and unique summer staple. Yum!

Ingredients: mint leaves, simple syrup, lime juice, gin, ginger beer

8. Mezcal Mule

I had to include this recipe because I’m a little obsessed with mezcal at the moment.

Its smoky flavor is just so irresistible. And when you mix it with lime juice and ginger beer, it’s borderline addictive!

Each sip is bubbly with sweet and tangy flavors. Then you get a smoky aftertaste that’ll make your head spin (in a good way).

This drink goes down dangerously easy, so make sure to drink responsibly!

Ingredients: mezcal, tequila, ginger beer, lime juice & wedge

9. Watermelon Moscow Mule 

Any cocktail with watermelon is a win in my book.

I mean, how can you beat pink sugary sweetness combined with ice and liquor? 

And all you have to do is blend the fruit and add it to a classic Moscow mule recipe. How easy is that?

Each sip will cool you off and warm you up in the best way possible.

Of course, you’ll likely need to add a little extra vodka. I suggest tasting it as you go until it’s perfect.

Ingredients: watermelon, citrus vodka, lime juice, ginger beer, ice

10. Pineapple Moscow Mule

One sip of this pineapple Moscow mule will transport you to the tropics. It’s sweet, tart, and wonderfully warm.

The lime and pineapple work together so well. Meanwhile, that hint of heat from the ginger beer rounds it out perfectly.

Ingredients: vodka, lime juice, pineapple juice, ginger beer, ice, mint

11. Blood Orange Thyme Moscow Mule

If you’re looking for an elevated take on this timeless summer drink, here’s one recipe you won’t forget.

This blood orange and thyme Moscow mule provides a unique sensory experience for your tongue. And it looks incredible too!

Between the deep sweetness of the blood orange and the light herbaceousness of the thyme, your palate will go crazy. 

Ingredients: vodka, blood orange simple syrup, blood orange juice, ginger beer, orange bitters, thyme

12. Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Who said Moscow mules are just for summer?

Thanks to this drink recipe, you can enjoy a cool refresher in the winter months too.

If you go crazy for mulled wine, then this recipe will blow your mind.

The ginger beer spice works perfectly with apple cider’s subtle warmth. But feel free to add some cinnamon stick too!

You’ll complement this dynamic duo with a spritz of lime and vodka for the ultimate cocktail experience. Yum!

Ingredients: apple cider, vodka, lime, ginger beer

13. Blueberry Moscow Mule

This is one pretty drink you’ll crave all summer long. There’s no denying that the color is the best thing about this drink.

That is… until you take a sip!

And boy, oh boy, is that first sip good! So good, in fact, you’ll want a second right away (and a third!).

This striking cocktail will delight your guests and sit gracefully on any patio table.

Ingredients: vodka, blueberry ginger syrup, lime juice, ginger beer

14. Raspberry Lime Moscow Mule 

If blueberries are too sweet for you, try this raspberry version on for size. It’ll knock your socks off with bright, fruity flavors of pure deliciousness. 

You’ll love this sparkling pink drink for patio hangs with friends when the weather warms up.

I like to use raspberry vodka to boost the flavor. But if they’re fresh, real raspberries should be more than enough.

Ingredients: lime, raspberries, vodka, ginger beer, mint

15. Cranberry Moscow Mule

If you want to enjoy your favorite ginger-lime cocktail during the holiday season, then this recipe is for you.

Cranberries add a nice tartness to this sweet drink, mixing perfectly with the spicy ginger beer and zesty vodka. 

And in those stunning copper mugs, this drink is a gift in itself!

Ingredients: ginger beer, cranberry juice cocktail, rum or vodka, lime, cranberries, ice

16. Mango Moscow Mule

Okay, how does it get any better than this? 

Imagine sipping on this delectable drink and having flavors of sweet mango, tart lime, and zingy ginger beer wash over your palate.

Mmm…I’m drooling already! 

This is by far the best way to beat the summer heat. So, the next time the forecast is looking a little balmy, keep this invigorating cocktail in mind.

Ingredients: vodka, mango juice & slices, lime, ginger beer

17. Orange Moscow Mule

This four-ingredient wonder will steal the spotlight at your next dinner party.

Bright, fresh, and totally mouth-watering, all you need for this baby is to combine ginger beer with vodka, lime, and orange slices. That’s it! 

That said, if you really want to amp up the fancy meter, feel free to add some candied ginger and lime wedges as a garnish.

Ingredients: ginger beer, orange, vodka, lime

18. Pink Moscow Mule (Grapefruit Rosemary Moscow Mule) 

I’d describe this pink Moscow mule as delicately delicious.

Each sip delights your palate with the subtle flavor of grapefruit and rosemary – along with the cooling taste of iced vodka, of course.

It’s ideal if you’re hosting a garden party or springtime brunch.

The slightly bitter herbaceous flavors blend beautifully with the sweet warmth of the ginger beer, making this cocktail an absolute homerun.

Ingredients: ginger beer, vodka, grapefruit juice, rosemary, lime juice

19. Irish Mule 

If you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day a little closer to the equator, then why not cool off with this Irish mule?

It tastes just like the classic Moscow mule you know and love, but with the added bite of Irish whiskey to keep things interesting.

Ingredients: Irish whiskey, ginger beer, lime juice & slices, mint, ice

20. Peach Moscow Mule

I think peach and ginger beer go together like peas and carrots. 

The sweetness of peach is accentuated by the spice of the carbonated ginger beer, creating a unique experience you’ll swoon over. 

Delight your dinner guests by concocting this fantastic cocktail. Trust me, you won’t regret it. 

Ingredients: peach puree, ginger beer, vodka, lime juice, cinnamon simple syrup, ice

BONUS: Dark and Stormy Cocktail

I couldn’t end a list of Moscow Mule cocktails without my all-time fave!

I know, I know…I say that a lot. But this ginger beer, lime juice, and dark rum cocktail is something special.

It’s spiced, deeply flavorful, and pretty much to die for.

I like this year-round, but it’s especially yummy on a cold, wet night. It’s a Dark & Stormy, after all!

Ingredients: ginger beer, dark rum, lime, ice

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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