Summer is here again and that means the return of fresh, light cocktails to keep us cool in the scorching heat. A refreshing blend of vodka, lime juice and ginger beer, famously served in the iconic copper mug, the sessionable Moscow Mule is one of the most popular cocktails in the world and won’t go away anytime soon.
The simple specification used for the cocktail allows for some experimentation and is the inspiration behind popular variations such as the tequila-infused Mexican Mule and the bourbon-focused Kentucky Mule.
Here are some of VinePair’s favorite Mule recipes to kickstart your summer and take you through the end of 2022.
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The Moscow Mule
While the cocktail’s namesake may be Russia’s capital, the Moscow Mule was first introduced to Manhattan in the early 1940s. There are many theories about the cocktail’s true origins, but the beloved drink is believed to have originated by the abundance of both Smirnoff vodka and ginger beer in one bar. The classic Moscow Mule combines vodka, ginger beer and lime in an iconic copper mug for a refreshing summer sip.
The Pineapple Moscow Mule
This variation of the Moscow Mule adds pineapple and a hint of bitters to the classic specs of the Mule for an elevated tropical flavour. Garnished with a mint sprig and a slice of pineapple, the Pineapple Moscow Mule is fresh, delicious and ripe for sipping in the summer.
The Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule
This take on the Moscow Mule features the sweet, refreshing flavors of strawberry, basil, and a hint of citrus. This blend of vodka, lemon juice, agave nectar, basil leaves and strawberries is perfect for sipping in the summer sun.
The Cranberry Moscow Mule
Ripe from October to December, cranberries are the perfect complement to the classic Moscow Mule. The Cranberry Moscow Mule adds homemade cranberry-infused simple syrup to the classic concoction of vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer for a cocktail that’s ideal for holiday hosting.
The Marshmallow Mule
Created by Emily Vikre, author of “Camp Cocktails” and co-founder of the Vikre Distillery in Minnesota, the Marshmallow Mule is reminiscent of the nostalgic childhood favorite, s’mores. With marshmallow and ginger-infused simple syrup, along with vodka, club soda, and limes, this is a sweet cocktail that’s perfect for sipping next to a fire.
The Mexican Mule
Of all the spirits available on the market, tequila is by far the most popular choice in Mexico. The agave spirit is a Mexican staple, so it’s only fitting that its presence is known in The Mexican Mule. Served in the Mule’s classic copper mug, this version is a refreshing blend of tequila, lime juice and ginger ale.
The Kentucky Mule
Kentucky is home to many American staples: the Kentucky Derby, KFC, the Louisville Slugger and, of course, bourbon. The Kentucky Mule is a celebration of the spirit of its homeland. Swapping vodka for bourbon, this mule has an added sweetness from the cask aging of the brown spirit. Topped with lime juice and ginger ale, the Kentucky Mule is crisp, lightly peppered, and absolutely delicious.
The Irish Mule
This take on the mule replaces vodka with Irish whiskey for a well-rounded cocktail suitable for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and beyond. The Irish Mule combines Irish whiskey, lime juice and ginger ale with an added sprig of mint as a garnish to bring out the flavors of ginger and lime.
The Gin Gin Mule
The Gin Gin Mule was created in 2000 by mixologist Audrey Saunders at the Beacon Bar in NYC. As the name suggests, instead of vodka, this version of the Mule subs is in gin mixed with fresh lime juice and mint and topped with homemade ginger beer for an easy-drinking and delicious botanical cocktail.
The Raspberry Rum Mule
As the name suggests, the Raspberry Rum Mule uses rum instead of vodka for a light spice that accentuates the bright flavors of lime juice and ginger beer. Confused raspberries give this cocktail a fun pink hue, and a splash of agave nectar rounds out the cocktail for a sweet finish.