Full of fresh berry flavor, this strawberry Moscow mule recipe is a delicious and easy summer cocktail. It’s a fresh and fruity spin on the traditional, classic Moscow mule recipe and perfect for enjoying during strawberry season.
Strawberry simple syrup is a fruity addition to this classic cocktail and lets you rely on a quick homemade syrup instead of having fresh fruit available. It also means that if fresh berries are out of season or unavailable, you’re not out of ingredients for this delicious drink.
You can use frozen strawberries to make the simple syrup, which means this is no longer just a summer cocktail. While it is perfect for a hot sunny day, using strawberry syrup means you can make it any time of year.
Moscow mule recipes are especially easy cocktails to make, because they skip the cocktail shaker. Add your vodka, strawberry simple syrup, and fresh lime juice directly to your copper mug with ice before pouring over your ginger beer.
Traditional Moscow mules are served in a copper mug. Are copper mugs - aka Moscow mule mugs - necessary? That depends on who you ask. There are those who say that the vodka interacts with the copper in the mug to create more flavor in the drink.
Does that mean if you don’t have a copper mug you can't enjoy a Moscow mule? Absolutely not. Grab your favorite double rocks glass - or even a tall juice glass - from the cupboard and mix up this easy delicious drink.
- Strawberry Simple Syrup
- Ginger Beer
How to a Make Strawberry Moscow Mule
Fill a copper mug or rocks glass with ice cubes.
Add vodka, strawberry syrup, and lime juice.
Stir to combine. Top with ginger beer.
Garnish your strawberry mules with a lime wedge, fresh strawberries, and/or a sprig of mint.
Stir, sip, and enjoy!
- Use real lime juice. They’re very few ingredients in this cocktail, so using real juice will make a difference in the flavor. You should need about one lime per cocktail.
- Give your syrup time to chill. After you make your syrup, be sure to put it in the refrigerator for a few hours before you need to use it. Using warm syrup in a drink will melt ice faster than you want and put more water in your cocktail than is needed.
- Chill your ginger beer ahead of time. While not absolutely necessary, having cold ginger beer ready for this cocktail will help your ice melt slower and keep your drink colder for longer.
How to Make Strawberry Simple Syrup
Homemade strawberry simple syrup uses only three ingredients and takes about 10 minutes to make. It's the first thing I make as soon as local strawberries are available at the farmers market! It keeps in the refrigerator for a couple weeks, so you can make it well in advance and have it on hand when you’re ready to make your strawberry Moscow mules.
FAQs and Substitutions
The copper mug is part of the experience of a Moscow Mule. The copper keeps the drink colder longer and the vodka in the drink coming in contact with the copper on the side of the mug supposedly improved the tastes of the vodka. Moscow Mule purists will disagree, but you can absolutely put a Moscow Mule in a non-copper glass. If you’re new to Moscow Mules or don’t have room to store glasses you only use once in a while, grab a large rocks glass or even a highball glass for serving your mule.
A Moscow Mule is heavy on ginger flavor, so anything that pairs well with ginger will pair well in a Moscow Mule. I love the flavors of strawberry, apple, and honey in my Moscow mules.
Traditionally, a Moscow Mule is simply vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer. It is served over ice in a copper mug. However there are tons of variations of this classic cocktail. Some include mint, some include fruits, and some even include different alcohols.
Nope! Ginger beer is a sweet soda pop. It is a zero alcohol drink, like root beer. Ginger ale can be used in place of ginger beer if you prefer less ginger flavor.
If you don’t have any strawberry syrup on hand, you can muddle fresh strawberries in your glass before making the drink to use the sweetness of the strawberries. If you prefer a sweeter but non-strawberry cocktail, you can use simple syrup, honey syrup, or another fruit flavored syrup in place of the strawberry simple syrup in this recipe.
Nope. Ginger beer has a much stronger ginger flavor to it than traditional Ginger ale. Look for ginger beer in the cocktail mixer section of your grocery store. It is often displayed separately from the other soft drinks. Goslings makes my favorite spicy ginger beer, but if you're looking for less of a punch, try Fever Tree ginger beer.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka is a popular and good gluten-free vodka choice, but use your favorite, non-flavored vodka.