Blueberry Moscow Mule cocktail recipe is a quick and easy way to enjoy a refreshing, flavored moscow mule! Fresh blueberries are muddled with lime and mint to make a fruity mule without having to make a syrup!
I always get a little overzealous when it comes to blueberry picking time. Every summer we load up the car with buckets and plenty of free labor (four kids) and hold promises of freshly homemade blueberry goods over their heads until their quota has been met.
After working through many fruity dream-filled recipes like, Blueberry Zucchini bread, Fresh Blueberry Pie, and Lemon Blueberry Cake I need to get creative with different ways to incorporate some blueberry magic.
What better way than muddling them into a fruity moscow mule, flavored with a hint of maple, sparkling ginger beer, and fresh lime juice? It’s the perfect way to toast in summer or enjoy them year round with stockpiled frozen blueberries!
Ingredients in a Flavored Moscow Mule
This easy moscow mule recipe doesn’t require making a syrup first before mixing together. If you have all the mule ingredients handy, along with some fruit, this effortless drink can be enjoyed in minutes!
- Fresh or frozen blueberries – Scroll down for more fruity moscow mule versions!
- Lime juice
- Ginger beer
- Pure Maple Syrup (optional) – Adds a touch more sweetness and pairs nicely with blueberries
- Fresh mint (kind of optional) – It can be left out, but gives it that little nudge for making the best mule!
How To Make a Blueberry Mule
Flavored mules are perfect for parties because they are impressive, crowd pleasers that can be mixed together in minutes!
If you want to free yourself from bartender duties, leave out ingredients with different bowls of fresh fruit, and measurement directions. Guests can make their own fruity versions or try different combinations!
- First muddle some fresh or frozen blueberries in the bottom of the glass or copper mug with a couple mint leaves, lime juice, and maple syrup, if using.
- Top with ice and then pour in vodka and ginger beer.
- Give a quick stir and garnish with more blueberries and an additional mint leaf.
Other Fruits to Try in Flavored Moscow Mules
What makes a mule recipe even better? Adding fruit!
I usually have frozen blueberries on hand, but this recipe works with any fresh or frozen seasonal fruit. Whether making a summer moscow mule or enjoying in the cooler months, there are many seasonal fruits to try, such as:
- Strawberry – Try with muddled basil leaves instead of mint
Different Types of Alcohol to Use in a Moscow Mule
Besides substituting different fruits, the recipe can also be modified by using different types of alcohol. Vodka has a clean, neutral flavor, allowing the ginger to really shine through.
However, different types of alcohol can enhance the complexity of flavor. If you are in need of a GF cocktail, be sure to check out this reliable resource for gluten-free alcohol.
- For extra blueberry flavor replace regular vodka with blueberry flavored vodka
- Kentucky Mule (bourbon)
- Mexican Mule (tequila)
- Dark ‘n Stormy (dark rum)
- Gin Mule – great with muddled cucumber
- Irish Mule (Irish whiskey)
Why the Copper Mug?
Copper mugs aren’t just for looks. Copper metal is a great insulator, which keeps the ginger beer and other ingredients extremely cold while enjoying. Some believe the copper even enhances the taste. Copper may oxidize when the vodka hits it, leaving an aromatic boost in its wake.
While a copper mug isn’t necessary to enjoy a moscow mule, it definitely makes the drink colder and fun to drink!
Can I Substitute Ginger Ale for Ginger Beer?
Technically you may substitute ginger ale for ginger beer in a blueberry moscow mule, but the flavor will be less intense.
Both ginger beer and ginger ale are non-alcoholic sparkling beverages flavored with ginger. However, ginger beer has a more potent, spicier ginger flavor than ale. It’s even contested if ginger ale actually contains ginger anymore.
Ginger beer may be purchased at liquor stores and grocery stores. Ginger ale may be used in a pinch, but the flavors will be very muted compared to a traditional moscow mule.
How to Muddle Fruit Without a Muddler
Blueberry Moscow Mule, or any other fruity version, starts off by mudding fresh fruit in the bottom of the copper mug or glass. A muddler mashes fresh fruit and herbs in cocktails to release their juices into the drink.
If you don’t oven a muddler, you can still improvise. Use a cocktail shaker and place the fruit, lime juice, maple syrup, and ice inside. Secure the top and shake vigorously to crush up fruits. Pour into a glass, then stir in vodka and ginger beer.
A wooden spoon pressing the fruit on the bottom and sides of glass will also work. Alternatively, place the fruit in a small bowl and use the bottom of a glass to press down on the fruit. Transfer muddled fruit to cocktail glass and proceed with recipe.
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More Fruity Cocktail Recipes
- Rose Sangria
- Fresh Blackberry Smash
- Pear Ginger Cocktail
- Sparkling Grapefruit Cocktail
- Raspberry Peach Mojito
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Blueberry Moscow Mule
- Muddle together 1 tablespoon blueberries, 3 mint leaves, lime juice, and maple syrup (if using) in the bottom of a glass or copper mug.
- Fill glass with ice. Pour in vodka and ginger beer. Stir and garnish with remaining blueberries and fresh mint.
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How to Muddle Fruit Without a MuddlerIf you don’t oven a muddler, you can still improvise. Use a cocktail shaker and place the fruit, lime juice, maple syrup, and ice inside. Secure the top and shake vigorously to crush up fruits. Pour into a glass, then stir in vodka and ginger beer. A wooden spoon pressing the fruit on the bottom and sides of glass will also work. Alternatively, place the fruit in a small bowl and use the bottom of a glass to press down on the fruit. Transfer muddled fruit to cocktail glass and proceed with recipe.
Other Fruits to Try:This recipe works with any fresh or frozen seasonal fruit. Whether making a summer moscow mule or enjoying in the cooler months, there are many seasonal fruits to try, such as:
- Strawberry – Try with muddled basil leaves instead of mint
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