Moscow mules and espresso martinis are my go to drinks. I love them so much I switched things up and made mules 5 different ways for you to keep it exciting. Moscow mules are one of the best drinks out there as they bridge the gap of not sweet and not a vodka soda, plus they come in a fancy cup so it’s a win. I have the best tips below to not only making Moscow mules but drinks in general. Hopefully this one article can change not only how you make drinks but host people and make sure everyone enjoys what you made them to the fullest.

Watch How to Make the Perfect Moscow Mule with Tips

Whether you want it basic, berry, spicy or a crowd favorite… the skinny healthy version then this is the place for you. Moscow mules are great as they let you change up from the standard vodka soda or juice drink, they’re refreshing, they come in a nice little cup and best of all I make them healthy-ish.

If you like mules than I also suggest you try the simple perfect Espresso Martini recipe as well as the Best Bloody Mary Recipe Ever With A Canadian Twist.

A standard mule is simple enough but some people think it is a lot harder than it actually is thus never make them at home. However, here I am to build you up as a DIY alcoholic so you start firing them off at home.

Here is a Spicy Moscow Mule Video For You!

There are few very important takeaways or rules you need to know when making moscow mules!

    1. When making a drink for people and you want them to love the experience, you need to appeal to 4 senses. You must make it taste good of course, it needs to have a pleasant aroma thus adding a garnish helps, it should look clearly beautiful and then they must feel a nice ambiance and setting when having the drink. I can help you with the first 3 but the ambiance is on you… music, clean up, give them a shot so they are already getting drunk and everything is fun… up to you :).
    2. One AMAZING way to add to your drink ambiance and appeal to all senses is infuse your liquor. Infusing liquor is the greatest lie in drink mixing as what sounds extremely impressive is really just you pouring liquor into a jar and adding 1-2 ingredients then letting it sit for 1-7 days… or even 1 hour and just lying to your guests. Infused liquor makes you look like some planned, smart super-hero that would do anything to host people. It will impress them and has you already 5 steps ahead on appealing to all of the senses.
    3. Ginger beer is a huge key… at the end of the day the only thing that matters in the ginger beer as some will just have it tasting flat and meh… I love Q Spectacular Ginger Beer and Trader Joe’s Triple Ginger Brew especially because it comes in a cool bottle that adds to the cache. I really dislike the stuff the bronze can Gosling’s Ginger Beer as it literally has no taste or much of a ginger kick.
    4. Follow my instructions below as you want to make sure you do things in the correct order so you don’t do a couple screw ups some people out there tell you to do.

Want to make your Moscow mules healthier?

Overall one major thing I do to cut out some sweetness and sugar is use just straight lime juice vs. lime cordial or syrup but will share my recipes below.

If have time and am hosting people I will get fresh ginger to add in there as well not only to add a nice kick but also for the health benefits. Fresh ginger has a plethora of added health benefits such as it boosts immunity, fights infection, soothes the stomach, counters acid reflux and is an anti inflammatory. Gluten free vodka is another healthy alternative.

6 Perfect Summer Moscow Mule Recipes

Moscow mules and espresso martinis are my go to drinks. I love them so much I switched things up and made mules 5 different ways for you to keep it exciting.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: drinks, moscow mules
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 2 mins
Total Time: 4 mins
Servings: 1


  • All 5 Recipes Below

Standard But Enhanced Moscow Mule

  • Ginger beer
  • 2 oz vodka or try tequila!
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice fresh is best but lime cordial works
  • Ice
  • Mint garnish
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp grated ginger optional

Skinny Healthy Mermaid Moscow Mule

  • Sparkling lime water or soda water
  • 1/2 cup chilled matcha or green tea
  • 2 oz Gluten Free vodka such as Tito’s, Ciroq or Trader Joe’s. Kettle One Botanical Vodka is great too.
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice fresh muddled or squeezed ideal
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 - 2/3 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • Ice
  • Mint & lemon garnish
  • 1/8 tsp spirulina optional

Spicy Mango Jalapeno Guadalajara Mule

  • 1/2 cup fresh mango chunks
  • Ginger beer
  • 2 oz jalapeño infused tequila or vodka standard tequila or vodka works
  • 1/4 jalapeño seeded and muddled
  • Ice
  • Jalapeno & mango garnish
  • 1/4 tsp grated ginger optional

Berry Moscow Mule

  • 4-6 fresh berries per drink
  • Ginger beer
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 tsp lime juice fresh squeezed ideal or lime cordial
  • Ice
  • Berry & mint garnish
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp grated ginger optional

Citrus Mint Moscow Mule

  • Ginger beer
  • 2 oz citrus vodka or Kettle One Botanical is amazing regular vodka okay as well
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice fresh muddled or squeezed ideal
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice fresh muddled or squeezed ideal
  • 1/2 oz lime juice fresh is ideal but lime cordial works too
  • Ice
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • Grapefruit garnish
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp grated ginger optional

Strawberry Rosemary Mule

  • Ginger beer
  • 3-4 diced strawberries muddled
  • 2 oz citrus vodka or Kettle One Botanical is amazing regular vodka okay as well
  • 1 tsp lime juice fresh is best but lime cordial works too
  • 2 mint leaves gently muddled
  • Ice
  • Mint & strawberry garnish
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp shredded ginger optional


  • Tequila is always a great option!


  • Overall they all have similar steps but there are very important steps you can’t skip over when adding in fresh fruit or the non-standard ingredients.

Standard Mule

  • Always add ginger beer at the end so you don’t stir it up and lose carbonation
  • Ice in glass
  • Vodka or Tequila & lime juice, shake it then add ginger beer. Optional: gently muddle ice in your cup prior.
  • Garnish with mint for that rule I told you above regarding smell

Skinny Healthy Mermaid Mule

  • Make matcha or green tea and chill
  • Put ice in your glass
  • Add tea, vodka, juice, spirulina, ginger and stir or shake well to combine
  • Add sparkling water or soda water
  • Garnish with fresh ginger piece & mint

Spicy Mango Guadalajara Mule

  • Add mango chunks and muddle
  • Cut jalapeño and take out seeds so you don’t burn die every time a seed or multiple go into your mouth each drink.
  • Cut jalapeño so it is flat and when you muddle it just expresses the juices vs. tearing it up.
  • Add vodka & Ice into your mixing cup and shake well then pour into your drinking glass.
  • DO NOT add ginger beer into shaker as you don’t want to lose carbonation
  • Add ginger beer & stir
  • Add garnish

Berry/Citrus/Strawberry Mule

  • Add fruit & juice to your shaker or mixing up and muddle or crush.
  • If mint is in recipe then add after muddling the juice so that you gently muddle and more press the mint to release the juices vs. tear up the mint and it ends up like grass clippings in your drink.
  • Add vodka & ice into your shaker or mixing glass and shake well, then pour into glass
  • DO NOT add ginger beer into shaker as you don’t want to lose carbonation
  • Add ginger beer into glass & stir
  • Add garnish
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