The Moscow Mule, invented in 1941 in New York City, has made a popular comeback in the last couple of years. Here in Seattle, I often see patrons walking around bars with copper cups of the drink, which is how it’s traditionally served. Today I am sharing a riff on the classic cocktail that’s normally comprised of vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer.
The Moscow Mule is an easy drink to make at home and once you have the complimentary ingredients of lime juice and ginger beer you can start playing with the recipe and add your favorite ingredients. Though I thoroughly enjoy the tradition Mule with vodka, I was craving more flavors or maybe just a boozy boost. The ginger beer and lime are perfect for rum or bourbon as well, and I decided to create a fruit flair by adding raspberries, which gave this cocktail a fun color and taste. The spiciness of the rum and ginger beer made it perfect for my weekend.
Another idea is to make a mule bar for a cocktail or dinner party, where guests can choose their favorite spirit and seasonal addition. Just add some copper cups and you have an easy bar all set up, with everyone coming back for refills. So when you’re not in the mood for vodka, just add bourbon or rum to your next mule. Cheers!
Recipe: Raspberry Rum Mule
- 2 ounces of rum
- ½, lime juiced
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
- 5 raspberries
- ½ bottle of ginger beer
- ½ cup of ice
Garnish: raspberries and rosemary
- Fill cocktail shaker with rum, lime juice, agave nectar, raspberries, and ice
- Shake mixture until ingredients are married together
- Add mixture to serving glass then top with ginger beer
- Garnish with raspberries and rosemary
Yields: 1 serving