12 Must-Have Moscow Mule Variations

Best Moscow Mule Recipes

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  • Updated: Feb 13, 2017

The Moscow Mule is a cocktail that’s never really gone out of style—since its invention in the 1940s, the recipe has gone more or less unchanged. While that’s a good sign as far as the drink’s staying power is concerned, it also means that Moscow Mules run the risk of being a little bit played-out. Vodka, lime, and even the best ginger beers can only keep the attention-deficit among us occupied for so long.

Luckily, bartenders are pretty easily bored, and they’ve had more than a half-century to mess around with the proportions and ingredients to give us a whole array of great Moscow Mule drink variations. Some of them are pretty obvious, and involve little more than switching up the variety of spirit. But others saw the simplicity of the original Moscow Mule recipe as a challenge, it seems, and have taken the formula to some more extreme (and extremely delicious) places.

  • vodka, ginger beer, lime juice
    The Moscow Mule is a classic, refreshing vodka cocktail, great for hot summer days or a night out on the town. It isn't the most complicated recipe, but the Moscow Mule is certainly delicious if you're looking for something frosty, gingery, and crisp. We recommend using fresh lime juice, as the bottled stuff from concentrate has a lot less in the way of arom…
  • Bourbon, Ginger beer, Lime juice
    The Kentucky Mule is a Southern twist on the Moscow Mule swaps the original vodka for bourbon. Like many other Moscow Mule variations, all it does is change the base spirit, and the rest of the recipe remains the same: ginger beer and lime juice in a snazzy copper mug. We recommend using a strong, spicy ginger beer, as it's really the star of the show, but u…
  • gin, lime juice, mint, ginger beer
    The Gin Gin Mule is a nice little twist on the Moscow Mule that, well, uses gin instead of vodka. Gin and ginger beer have a long history as favorites in the UK, so it was only natural that they'd eventually end up together in this delicious variation.
  • Tequila, Ginger Beer, Lime
    A slight variation on the Moscow Mule, this drink (sometimes known in cruder circles as the Donkey Show) offers a great pairing between the tequila and the ginger beer. Perfect for hot days with the expectation of hotter nights.
  • vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, orange liqueur
    This Moscow Mule variation from SheKnows.com definitely has some kick, and not just from the vodka. Jalapeño peppers spice this cocktail up and make it a deliciously zippy drink. While it looks like a summertime tipple, the combination of hot peppers and ginger might just make it perfect for warming up in the dead of winter, too.
  • vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, blueberries, cucumber, mint
    This fantastic Moscow Mule recipe from Something New For Dinner is truly one of our favorites. It's been featured all over the web in various compilations, as its beautiful combination of fresh blueberries, cucumber, and mint make it one of the more refreshing summertime cocktails out there.
  • vodka, ginger beer, lemon juice, elderflower syrup, lavender syrup
    This is a snazzy little Moscow Mule variation from sheknows.com. It involves making lavender syrup (worth it), the recipe for which is below: 0.5 cup sugar 1 cup water 2 tablespoons dried culinary lavender Combine the sugar and dried food-grade lavender in a heat-proof bowl. Pour boiling water over the sugar and lavender, and stir for a few seconds until t…
  • Irish whiskey, ginger beer, lime juice
    The Irish Mule cocktail is a simple Moscow Mule variation, made with Irish whiskey as the base spirit instead of the traditional vodka. It's similar in character to the Kentucky Mule, with its slightly sweet, malty whiskey (depending on the brand you use, of course), but this one's a little more at home on St. Patrick's Day.When it comes to the Irish Mu…
  • Blended scotch, St. Germain, lemon juice, Angostura bitters, ginger beer
    The Glasgow Mule, invented by Damon Boelte of Brooklyn, NY's Prime Meats, is a seriously delicious and creative Moscow Mule variation that features blended scotch whisky, St. Germain, and Angostura bitters along with the standard ginger beer and citrus.
  • Vodka, Strawberries, Lime Juice, Ginger Beer
    The Strawberry Moscow Mule is a fun way to spruce up everyone's favorite ginger beer and vodka cocktail with some fresh summer fruit. This recipe from our friends at Beautiful Booze is a snap to make, and is guaranteed to be a new warm-weather favorite.
  • vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, gelatin
    Who said jello shots are just for trashy college parties? These incredible little guys were devised by the gurus over at Domesticate Me, and we simply had to share. Check out the link above to read their whole excellent article and learn about the nuances of cramming your favorite cocktail into bite-sized cubes.
  • Vodka, Ginger Beer, Lime Juice
    Moscow Mules are a perennial summertime favorite, but we figured they could cool you off even more efficiently in popsicle form. This recipe from Shutterbean makes 8 popsicles, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next barbecue or 4th of July shindig.

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