Raspberry Moscow Mule Cocktail (+ Mocktail!)

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This easy Raspberry Mule recipe is sweet and tart, a perfect summer twist on the classic moscow mule. A small handful of raspberries, sugar, zesty lime juice, a shot of vodka, and fizzy ginger beer are all you need! This post also has instructions on making a full pitcher to serve a crowd, along with info on how to make it into a mocktail.

a close up view of a cold copper mug full of moscow mule garnished with raspberries, mint, and lime

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Easy Summer Raspberry Mule Cocktail

It's finally the time of the year that means you can find me at the farmers' market, grabbing as many pots of berries as I can with one hand and holding a cup of lemonade from our lovely Amish pie vendor's children in the other, while the bead jewelry vendor plays the 90's, aughts, and today's station from their stall. It's a vibe, honey. 

We are bringing a fun twist on the traditional moscow mule today, bursting with juicy raspberry flavor. A cocktail that's the perfect combination of sweet, tangy, and spicy, ice cold in a copper cup for those especially hot days.

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Let's Talk Raspberry Simple Syrup

I know what you're thinking, "how do we enjoy it without all those damn seeds?" Because raspberries do have a wild amount of seeds, right?

We are making a homemade raspberry syrup, adding to the Simple Syrup Star Line Up that's in my cocktails (we're talking blueberry, strawberry syrup, a lemon herb syrup... I mean, I have a ton of them!).

raspberries mashed in a mesh sieve

And simple syrups are just so easy to make, they're the ideal way to add a little sweetness into our drinks without having a ton of undissolved sugar at the bottom of your glass.

Between that spicy ginger beer and the sweet raspberry syrup, this may end up being The Cocktail of the Summer this year!

Ingredients

Full ingredients, measurements, and printable instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

ingredients for a raspberry moscow mule recipe

For the Raspberry Simple Syrup

  • Fresh Raspberries - if they're in season grab 'em by the handful! If not, frozen raspberries work perfectly.
  • Water and Granulated Sugar - to make our simple syrup. It's just equal parts water + sugar!

For our Moscow Mule

  • Ginger Beer - this is a non-alcoholic carbonated drink with a ginger flavor that is powerfully spicy. Sometimes they are so spicy you'll end up coughing! My favorite brands of ginger beer that won't end up being too bold are Fever Tree and Goslings.
  • Your Favorite Vodka
  • Lime Juice - I recommend fresh lime juice over bottled. The bottled juice is really sour and bitter compared to the fresh stuff!

How to Make a Raspberry Mule

raspberries in a simple syrup in a pot

Step 1 | Make raspberry syrup! Simmer the whole raspberries with sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat for about 15 minutes.

Then strain it through a small fine mesh strainer, to catch the pulp and seeds, into a heat-safe container and put the container in the fridge to chill. You can make this weeks in advance, it lasts for 2 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge!

a copper mug of raspberry moscow mule on a marble coaster sitting on a wood tray

Step 2 | Make the mules. Grab some frosty copper mule mugs or any other glass and put in the ice, then mix in the raspberry syrup and lime juice.

Top with vodka and the non-alcoholic ginger beer and give a stir. Garnish the raspberry moscow mule with fresh raspberries, a slice of lime, and a big ole sprig of mint, if desired.

Raspberry Moscow Mules for a Crowd

With warm weather also comes cookouts and parties, so here's how to make this cocktail ahead of time and in a large patch for pitchers:

Make 1 ½ cups of raspberry simple syrup and mix it with ⅓ cup lime juice and 1 ¼ cup of vodka in your pitcher. You can do this the day before, cover the pitcher with plastic wrap or a lid and keep the mix in the fridge.

Right before serving, pour in 24 ounces of your favorite ginger beer. Then add in ice to fill the pitcher to the top. Serve with a little platter of lime wedges, fresh or frozen berries, and sprigs of fresh mint. This will serve 8-10 cocktails.

close up view of a copper mug garnished with berries and a lime wedge

Variations and Pro Tips for a Delicious Cocktail

  • Add Chambord, a raspberry liqueur, instead of the raspberry simple syrup if you want a raspberry flavored drink without the extra sweetness. Which reminds me...if you find a raspberry vodka? Why not! The more raspberry, the better.
  • Use a copper mug - The copper mug is a must-have in a classic mule cocktail; it insulates the drink, keeping it extra cold for longer.
  • Instead of ice, bring frozen raspberries into the mix. They won't dilute your cocktails and they'll absorb some of the alcohol. I'm always here for boozy fruit!
  • If ginger beer is too strong for you, use ginger ale. You'll need less simple syrup since it's sweeter than ginger beer, though. 

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FAQs

What is a Moscow Mule?

A Moscow Mule is a type of Buck cocktail --a classic cocktail made with citrus and ginger beer-- using vodka as a spirit and traditionally drank from solid copper mugs. Legend has it that two men partnered up to rid themselves of an overstock problem in the 1940's: one, a russian vodka peddler and the other a pub owner with way too much ginger beer. The cocktail became popular in Hollywood and took off from there.
Learn more about Moscow Mules at Liquor.com.

Can I make this into a mocktail Moscow mule?

This cocktail is easily made into a mocktail without losing all that delicious flavor. Keep the recipe the same but omit the vodka or use your favorite zero-spirit vodka instead!

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Raspberry Mule Cocktail

Eden Westbrook
Make a refreshing Raspberry Moscow Mule cocktail with juicy fresh raspberries in a raspberry simple syrup, tangy lime juice, vodka, and zesty ginger beer. A summery twist on the classic Mule! Instructions for a large batch of moscow mule and for the mocktail are also included.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cocktails
Calories 345 kcal

Ingredients
  

Raspberry Simple Syrup

  • ¼ cup raspberries fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water

Raspberry Moscow Mule

  • ½ cup raspberry simple Syrup
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 6 ounces ginger beer
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • Ice
  • raspberries for garnish
  • 2 lime wedges for garnish
  • 2 mint sprigs for garnish

Instructions
 

Make the Raspberry Simple Syrup

  • Simmer the fresh raspberries, granulated sugar, and water over medium low heat in a small saucepan for 15 minutes, until the raspberries drain their color out into the syrup and look slumped. Pour the simple syrup through a small mesh sieve into a heat-safe container. Cover the container and put it into the fridge to chill.
    ¼ cup raspberries, ½ cup granulated sugar, ½ cup water

Make the Raspberry Mules

  • Grab your moscow mule mugs and divide the vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup between the two mugs. Stir and add ice about ½ way full, then top with the ginger beer.
    ½ cup raspberry simple Syrup, 3 ounces vodka, 6 ounces ginger beer, 1 ounce lime juice, Ice
  • Garnish with more raspberries, lime wedges, and mint sprigs, if desired.
    raspberries, 2 lime wedges, 2 mint sprigs

Notes

Raspberry Moscow Mules for a Crowd

With warm weather also comes cookouts and parties, so here's how to make this cocktail ahead of time and in a large patch for pitchers:
Make 1 ½ cups of raspberry simple syrup (that's 1 ½ cups water and 1 ½ cup sugar) and mix it with ⅓ cup lime juice and 1 ¼ cup of vodka in your pitcher. You can do this the day before, cover the pitcher with plastic wrap or a lid and keep the mix in the fridge.
Right before serving, pour in 24 ounces of your favorite ginger beer. Then add in ice to fill the pitcher to the top. Serve with a little platter of lime wedges, fresh or frozen berries, and sprigs of fresh mint.
This will serve 8-10 cocktails.

Raspberry Mule Mocktails

Omit the vodka or use a zero-spirit vodka instead.

Nutrition

Serving: 8.5ouncesCalories: 345kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 1gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.03gSodium: 11mgPotassium: 88mgFiber: 3gSugar: 59gVitamin A: 68IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
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6 Comments

  1. So pretty, so delicious. I love the fact that the ingredients aren't pretentious and I can just find them in my fridge and at the store. Me and my husband loved it.

    1. Eden Westbrook says:

      Hi Amy!

      So happy to hear you loved the raspberry mules! I wanted it to be accessible and easy, but still really tasty. I'm glad it hit the mark! xo, Eden

  2. This is my favorite Moscow mule recipe I've tried yet. the raspberry syrup was an extra step that was well worth it imo it took the flavor over the top. I can't wait to try your other recipes!

    1. Eden Westbrook says:

      Hi Lauren!

      That raspberry syrup is definitely the big hitter here! So glad you loved the cocktail, let me know how you like my other recipes! xo, Eden

  3. I'm super happy you suggested we get Fever Tree, because my brother got a different brand and it was awful! We made him go back to the store and Fever Tree was way better - it was still spicy and super fizzy. The moscow mules turned out awesome and I'll be making them over and over again.

    1. Eden Westbrook says:

      hi Viola,

      Glad to hear that my recommendation was helpful, and that you enjoyed my recipe! I hope you'll stick around for more. xo, Eden