A classic Moscow Mule with ginger beer, vodka and lime juice is perfect for summer. It's quick and easy to mix up, and so refreshing!
How's your summer been going? Mine's been a little rough to be honest. We've been dealing with viruses, broken bones, and food poisoning since May. Here's hoping that the last couple of weeks before school starts will be smooth sailing.
The trip was wonderful. It was unseasonably hot there, with very warm ocean temperatures which meant going to the beach almost every day. But we also got to spend some time with old friends, and do some sightseeing as well. Just check out my Instagram page to see all the pictures of beaches, boats and lighthouses you can handle.
Now it's time to start thinking about cooking again, or in this case, cocktail making! After all, what better time to drink a cold, refreshing cocktail than the last couple weeks of summer.
Today I share with you my recipe for Classic Moscow Mules. A Moscow Mule is very simple and has only three common ingredients: ginger beer, lime juice, and vodka. They're easy to make, and refreshing, making them a perfect summer cocktail.
Moscow Mule Variations:
Don't have the exact ingredients on hand? I've made Moscow Mules with ginger-flavored Kombucha with equally delicious results, and much less sugar than regular ginger beer.
A Dark and Stormy is a very similar cocktail that is made with rum instead of vodka, and typically served in a regular glass instead of a copper mug. Try this if you're not a vodka fan.
If you make Moscow mules often, consider making ginger-lime flavored syrup. This means you don't have to have ginger beer on hand. All you need to do is add sparkling water and vodka (or rum, or skip the alcohol and make it a mocktail) and you're ready for some refreshing sipping.
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Classic Moscow Mule Nutrition Notes:
The calories and sugar content in this beverage will vary based on the brand of ginger beer you are using. I based my calculations on Barritt's ginger beer (regular, not diet which is shown in my photos), a widely available brand.
If you're looking to cut down on sugar and/or calories, using a diet ginger beer is an option (Barritt's makes a diet version sweetened with sucralose). Sweetness levels of ginger beer seem to vary, so look at the label to see how much sugar comes with the product you're planning to use.
Classic Moscow Mule
- 2 ounces vodka
- ½ ounce fresh lime juice
- 4 ounces (½ cup) ginger beer
- lime slice or wedge, candied ginger (for garnish, optional)
- Fill a copper Moscow Mule mug with crushed ice. Shake 2 ounces vodka and ½ ounce fresh lime juice together vigorously in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour over crushed ice into mug. Top with 4 ounces (½ cup) ginger beer and stir gently. Serve with a lime slice or wedge, or piece of candied ginger as desired.