Blueberry Moscow Mules are bubbly, fruity, and super refreshing. This mule recipe is perfect for summer!
Welcome to another installment of Thirsty Thursday, a series on Sweet Tea and Thyme where cocktails are the focus every Thursday.
Moscow mules are really easy cocktails that have been around since about the 1940's. For this version of a flavored moscow mule, I made an easy blueberry-ginger simple syrup to add to that great spice in the ginger beer. The end result is something that I love sipping on since it's literally so hot here in Florida it feels like your covered in baby oil and wrapped in foil and standing on the surface of the sun. I swear it wasn't this hot when I was a kid.
What is a Moscow Mule?
A moscow mule is a cocktail made of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, usually garnished with a wedge of lime. It's served cold with ice and while it's perfect for hot weather, the strong, spicy ginger flavor makes it popular during the holidays, too.
It's traditionally served in a copper mug, which helps keep the drink cold, but with more people becoming health conscious about chemical leakage in food it's also served in a highball glass. So no copper mug? No sweat.
The origins of the Moscow Mule are a little fuzzy, but it was invented in America and the story goes that neither ginger beer nor vodka was popular in the states until two entrepreneurs got together and made this drink, an actor ordered it, and he made it popular.
How to Make a Blueberry Moscow Mule
Make a homemade blueberry simple syrup
Simple syrup is easy to make: 1 part sugar to 1 part water. I add in a quarter cup of blueberries and a ½ inch knob of fresh ginger (I always have some on hand but it's completely optional) and smash the blueberries against the pan sides while the sugar is dissolving. Let bubble away until you have simple syrup and keep it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.
The simple syrup gives it sweetness, great fruity flavor, and a really pretty color (that really shouldn't be hiding behind copper, in my opinion).
Stir up all the ingredients
In highball glasses or copper mugs stir up the ginger beer, vodka, blueberry simple syrup, a squeeze of lime juice, and ice. I love adding frozen blueberries because who doesn't love boozy fruit? Also, they keep your drink cold without diluting it, so if you really love blueberries you can just freeze them and use that instead of ice.
Moscow Mule Mocktail
To make this a mocktail, simply keep the vodka out of it. The flavors of the drink really come from the ginger beer, which is a non-alcoholic drink that is seriously potent. The strong, spicy ginger taste can even make you cough, so if you aren't used to it or are thinking of serving this mocktail to kids, I would suggest substituting the ginger beer with ginger ale.
Check out these great summer snacks to nosh on while drinking your Blueberry Mule:
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- Warm Butter Lobster Rolls
- Spicy Tuna Avocado Towers
- No Churn Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream
- Mango Margarita Cheesecake
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- 4 ounces vodka
- 8 ounces ginger beer
- Juice of one lime
- Frozen blueberries, optional
Blueberry Simple Syrup
- ¼ cup (25 g) blueberries, fresh or frozen
- ½ inch knob of fresh ginger, optional
- ½ cup (104 g) granulated sugar
- ½ cup (118 mL) water
Blueberry Simple Syrup
- Place all simple syrup ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Stir and smash blueberries gently against the sides of the pan. Let simmer until all the sugar is dissolved.
- Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a heat-safe container with a lid.
- This keeps in the fridge for at least 2 weeks.
- Add the vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, and blueberry simple syrup evenly to two copper mugs or highball glasses over ice.
- Add frozen blueberries if using and stir.
- Serve cold.
Moscow Mule Mocktail
To make this into a mocktail, omit the vodka and add more ginger beer to fill each glass.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 0g
Eden Westbrook is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Sweet Tea and Thyme. A classically trained chef, Eden has inspired home cooks into the kitchen with cultural comfort foods, easy family-friendly eats and sweets, and glorious spreads for date night and entertaining since 2015.