Blackberry Moscow Mule
Blackberry Moscow Mule is a refreshing Moscow Mule recipe with spicy ginger beer, vodka, lime juice, and juicy muddled blackberries!
I’m a self-professed boring cocktail drinker most of the time. Red wine is my thing (pinot noir, malbec, and zins are my absolute faves), and I’ll have a nice cold beer on occasion. I steer clear of cocktails when I’m out because I’m afraid that I’ll pay a hefty price for a watered down drink or just plain won’t like it.
I’m picky about cocktails the way I’m picky about my coffee drinks, and I figure if I’m paying so much for them, why shouldn’t I be?
If you want something done right, sometimes you have to do it yourself, and that’s how this Blackberry Moscow Mule came to be.
Vodka cocktails are definitely something I’ve stayed away from due to a bad experience that I won’t bore you with. I’ve had in my head for years that it doesn’t agree with me, and I was fine with that until I was intrigued by the Moscow Mules everybody was drinking around me. And why the funky little copper mugs?
I read about the history of how the mule came to be in a bar called the Cock ‘N’ Bull in Hollywood in 1941, and it was pretty interesting stuff. If you’re wondering why the copper mugs too, read all about it here.
My sister-in-law kept telling me how good mules were, and then I went to a gathering where a friend was making them and I had a sip of hers. It was amazing. Then she went and bought me a couple of copper mugs that she’d found, and of course I had to start making them at home.
I started with a nice, classic recipe, and I knew that ginger beer and lime would be perfect with the blackberries I’ve been buying at the farmer’s market sooooo…I made this Blackberry Moscow Mule.
The blackberries right now are so perfect for this drink. They’re plump, juicy, and so super sweet! I used some gigantic ones for this recipe, muddled them with a small sprig of mint from my garden, and added the ginger beer, vodka, and generous squeeze of fresh lime juice.
These cocktails work best when the mugs are icy cold, so placing it in the freezer is definitely a good idea. Fill the mug with ice (or one large slow melting ice cube), and strain the drink through a strainer. Garnish with more blackberries, mint, and lime, and it’s cocktail time!
I know cocktails are personal things…remember, I said I was picky and you probably are too. This Blackberry Moscow Mule recipe is very customizable to your personal taste in that you can as much or little alcohol as you like, and the same goes for the ginger beer and blackberries.
I just really hope you give this cocktail a try — it truly is one of the most refreshing drinks I’ve had, and you gotta love that blackberry-ginger-lime combination. This is so perfect for summer sipping. 🙂
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Blackberry Moscow Mule
- 4 very large blackberries or 8 smaller ones plus more for garnish
- 1 sprig mint plus more for garnish
- 6 ounces ginger beer
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 - 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
- Lime for garnish
- Place a copper mug or glass in the freezer until frosty.
- In another glass, muddle the blackberries with a small sprig of mint. Add the ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice.
- Fill your frosty mug or glass with ice or one large slow melting ice cube, and strain the liquid into the mug. Garish with more blackberries, mint, and lime, and enjoy!
- This cocktail is best when it's icy cold!
- You can customize this cocktail to your liking by adding more or less alcohol, or more or ginger beer and blackberries!
- I love the pronounced lime flavor, so I used 1 1/2 tablespoons in my cocktail.
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
21 Comments on “Blackberry Moscow Mule”
It depends on my mood, but most of the time I am a boring drinker and will have a glass of wine over a mixed drink. But during spring and summer, especially, I crave fun cocktails. However, I’m with you, I’d much rather make them myself than order them while out to dinner. I’m cheap. 😉 LOVE this blackberry moscow mule, Marcie! The flavors sound delicious and perfect for sipping while relaxing outside. I could probably drink a dangerous amount of these beauties! pinned! Cheers, friend!
Yes — spring and summer get me into fun, fruity cocktails, too! Thank you, Cheyanne! 🙂
sounds so refreshing, love the pretty cup Marcie 🙂
Thank you, Manali!
I’m the same way, give me a glass of wine and I’m good to go! 🙂
I tried a Moscow Mule for the first time a few months ago and LOVED it. I can imagine it tastes amazing with the fresh blackberries. Can I order one of these from you, please?
Absolutely, Sarah — you didn’t even have to ask! 🙂
Oh you know I love this one, Marcie! Moscow mules are the best. I’ve never tried a blueberry version though, but I need to make this one soon. It looks perfect!
I still need to try your pomegranate version! Thanks, Alyssa!
I love Moscow Mules and I just got some special mugs to serve them in. Will have to try this recipe! Sounds so good with blackberries. 🙂
Aren’t those mugs so fun? Thanks, Christin!
I am super picky about my drinks too! Which is why 99.9% of the time I stick to red wine (cab and malbec please!). But I could totally get behind this with those fresh blackberries! Plus, I’ve always loved the mugs! lol
I think you’d love the big ginger-blackberry flavor here Ashley — it’s worth subbing out the cab or malbec once in a while! And yeah, the mugs are fun, too. 🙂
Oh wow! That blackberry mule looks absolutely divine. Love how refreshing and delicious this looks and sounds. PS: Love that beautiful looking mug.
Thanks so much, Anu!
Can I make large batch for a pitcher or it is best made individually?
Hi Danielle! I think you could certainly scale the recipe for a pitcher. I just wouldn’t add ice to the pitcher so it isn’t watered down. Pour into ice filled frosty mugs or glasses and you should be good to go!
Sounds refreshing and perfect for the spring/summer weather 🙂
Thank you, Mary Frances!
These are the prettiest Moscow Mules, I love love love the blackberry twist and of course, those mugs get me every. single. time! So gorgeous!
Thanks, Kelly! Those mugs definitely make these drinks extra fun!
That sounds like a great way to celebrate, Dannii! 🙂