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15 Moscow Mule Variations to Try

In this roundup, I walk you through several Moscow Mule variations, each with its own unique twist. We move beyond the classic vodka, ginger beer, and lime, incorporating fruits, herbs, and even spicy elements to add depth and excitement. I’m particularly fond of the versions that bring a fresh, seasonal approach, like adding summer berries or a hint of fall spices. These recipes are perfect for anyone looking to add a personal touch to their drinks, offering something for every taste. Check out this roundup for some great ideas.

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Classic Moscow Mule

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This iconic libation masterfully melds the crisp, smooth embrace of vodka with ginger beer’s festive fizz and lime’s invigorating tang. The harmonious symphony of these elemental flavors, dancing within the icy caress of a copper mug, gives the Classic Moscow Mule its irresistible charm and enduring popularity.


Kentucky Mule

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A fascinating fusion of Southern charm and vibrant zest, the Kentucky Mule swaps out the vodka for bourbon’s smooth, smoky embrace. This tantalizing twist on tradition pairs beautifully with the nose-tickling spice of ginger beer. Recommended for those with a penchant for bold, robust flavors, the Kentucky Mule offers a captivating warmth perfect for cozy gatherings. 


Dark ‘n Stormy

dark n stormy cocktail with goslings rum, ginger beer, and lime in background

The Dark ‘n Stormy is a brooding masterpiece that unites the bold depth of dark rum with the vivacious fizz of ginger beer, tamed by a whisper of lime. It’s a favorite amongst intrepid adventurers and fans of dramatic, multifaceted flavors, as it conjures the thrill of the high seas off the coast of Bermuda. 


Gin Buck

Gin Buck Cocktail with Lemon Wedge, Mint and Ice Cubes

Ideal for those who appreciate the crisp, herbaceous allure of gin, the Gin Buck is a superb choice for refined palates seeking a lively, refreshing libation. This Moscow Mule variation combines the elegant sophistication of gin with the vibrant sparkle of ginger ale and the vivacity of lemon. It’s a melody of botanical intrigue and zesty exuberance.


Mexican Mule

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The Mexican Mule is a vibrant fiesta of flavors, bursting with spirited intensity. This south-of-the-border spin on the classic Moscow Mule replaces vodka with tequila’s smoky allure while ginger beer and lime create an effervescent backdrop. A dazzling choice for lively gatherings, it transports your taste buds to a sun-soaked celebration.


Irish Mule

Boozy Refreshing Irish Mule Cocktail

This Emerald Isle-inspired twist on the Moscow Mule introduces Irish whiskey’s rich, velvety character, interwoven with ginger beer’s effervescence and lime’s zesty tang. A delectable treat for those who cherish the smooth, full-bodied notes of Irish whiskey, the Irish Mule is a natural companion for convivial gatherings, where stories and laughter flow as freely as the drinks.


Mezcal Mule

Mezcal Mule
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In this beguiling Moscow Mule variation, the earthy, smoky nuances of mezcal supplant vodka for a smoldering, enigmatic potion that captivates the senses. Suited for those who crave the exotic allure of mezcal’s complex flavors, the Mezcal Mule is a mesmerizing choice for sultry evenings and intimate rendezvous, where its smoky whispers entice and intrigue the palate. 


London Mule

London Mule Cocktail with a lime slice as a cocktail garnish with droplets of water on the edge of the glass, limes and lemons on the sides

The London Mule is an elegant soiree of sophistication, befitting its namesake’s cosmopolitan charm. This urbane variation introduces gin’s refined, botanical complexity, while ginger beer’s lively fizz and lime’s zesty verve enliven the senses. The London Mule tastes best when paired with a stroll through an English garden.


Pineapple Moscow Mule

Pineapple Moscow Mule
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You’ll be whisked away on a sun-drenched escapade to a tropical oasis with one sip of the Pineapple Moscow Mule. This exotic variation infuses the classic Moscow Mule with the lush sweetness of pineapple that tastes particularly divine during poolside gatherings and beachside retreats. 


Clementine Moscow Mules

Clementine Moscow Mules
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This delightful sun-kissed rendezvous of citrus sensation infuses the classic Moscow Mule with the brightness of clementine. You can easily swap in orange juice, but the fresh citrus burst is worth the time you’ll put into squeezing a few pieces of fruit. The Clementine Moscow Mule is a divine replacement for mimosas at Sunday morning brunch.


Cherry Moscow Mule

Cherry Moscow Mule
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The Cherry Moscow Mule is a captivating variation that fuses the classic Moscow Mule with the cherry’s rich, sweet-tart charm. An irresistible choice for those who crave a taste of the forbidden fruit, the Cherry Moscow Mule is a bewitching elixir for balmy summer evenings. 


Blackberry Moscow Mule

Blackberry Moscow Mule
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Have you been looking for the motivation to master the craft of jam-making? Look no further. The Blackberry Moscow Mule celebrates the richness of ripe, seasonal fruit as this lush, deep-purple indulgence seamlessly weds the classic Moscow Mule with the sun-kissed sweetness of blackberries.


Cranberry Moscow Mule

Cranberry Moscow Mule
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An enticing cocktail for those yearning for a tart, rejuvenating twist, the Cranberry Moscow Mule takes center stage on any occasion. The audacious tartness of cranberries is radiant against the classic canvas of ginger beer and lime. If you’re feeling particularly fancy, sugared berries are an easy-to-make garnish to turn the seasonal charm up a notch.


Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Apple Cider Moscow Mule
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Enjoy orchard-fresh delights with the Apple Cider Moscow Mule, a delightful companion for crisp autumnal days and cozy fireside gatherings. While the recipe suggests using hard cider, you can also temper the booziness by swapping out the ginger beer for locally grown, fresh-pressed cider at the peak of the harvest season. Garnish with fresh apple slices and a cinnamon swizzle stick for an even more festive presentation. 


Mint Strawberry Moscow Mule

Mint Strawberry Moscow Mule
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Finally, we have a whimsical take on the class, where sun-kissed nectar and vibrant herbaceousness intertwine. The Strawberry Moscow Mule puts the juicy allure of the ruby red fruit front and center, while the refreshing presence of mint leaves brings a cool, revitalizing whisper that lingers on the palate.


Kentucky Mule

15 Moscow Mule Variations

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Moscow Mule Recipes
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
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