A classic Moscow Mule has three ingredients: vodka, lime juice and ginger beer. It’s then garnished with a lime wedge and chilled with ice cubes.
If you are not a stickler for traditions, you can try other variations of this recipe including the Kentucky mule (swap vodka for bourbon), a Mexican mule (tequila instead of vodka) and the Irish mule (Irish whiskey).
But it’s not just the base spirit that you can have fun with. In fact, you can leave the primary ingredients as they are and then add herbs like mint, lavender or basil or fruits such as blackberry or strawberries.
These additions are great if you want to give the drink a more interesting flavour or make it sweeter (the traditional recipe is a touch acidic).
Our favourite take on the classic beverage is the blackberry Moscow mules recipe.
Blackberries are perfect for sweetening up the drink. They also add a fruity flavour that’s bound to appeal even to those who normally stay away from spirits.
What You’ll Need for Blackberry Moscow Mules Recipe
When it comes to the base ingredients – the vodka, lime juice and ginger beer – there aren’t exact amounts that you must use. It’s all up to you.
If you prefer your cocktail with a stronger kick, use more vodka. If you love the acidity of lime juice, add a bit more of it.
For convenience sake, we’ll go with the following amounts but feel free to adjust as you see fit.
- 50ml vodka
- 25ml lime juice. If possible, use freshly squeezed lime juice instead of buying from a store. Fresh juice provides the best tartness and flavour.
- Spicy ginger beer. No exact amount – just keep adding until the cup is full.
- As many blackberries as you need. 5 large ones or 10 smaller ones will do. Make sure they are fresh, plump and juicy to get the most out of them.
- A sprig of mint.
- Lime to make garnishing wedges.
- Ice cubes. Normal refrigerator ice cubes will do. But if you can get gourmet clear ice cubes – either from the store or an icemaker – they are the best. They melt slower and therefore don’t dilute the drink.
- Cocktail making kit
Something to note: The traditional way to drink a Mosco mule, no matter the variant, is in a copper mug. You can easily find Moscow mule-specific copper mugs online. Enthusiasts say the metal takes on the chilly temperature of the drink, enhancing the drinking experience. But you’ll still enjoy it if you drink in a glass.
How To Prepare a Blackberry Moscow Mule
- In a pitcher or glass, mash the blackberries gently to break them down a bit. This will ensure you enjoy the full fruity flavour and sweetness. Add a sprig of mint.
- Add vodka and lime juice and stir into the blackberries.
- Top up with ginger ale as you stir gently.
- Add some ice to a copper mug or glass and pour the cocktail over it.
Enjoy your Blackberry Moscow mule.