I thought a raspberry Moscow mule cocktail would be fun instead of the traditional recipe. I used candied ginger and it turned out delicious!
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The Moscow Mule has quite a history. Was it really created by the owner of a Hollywood restaurant and two different beverage distributors, or was it actually a head bartender who needed to get rid of overstocked vodka and ginger beer?
We may never know the real story, but what we do know is that this delicious cocktail was originally created in Manhattan, and is now loved around the world.
Typically made with vodka and ginger beer, garnished with a lime and a sprig of mint, and served in a copper mug, it's always been one of my favorite cocktails. I hope you like this version!
If you love raspberries but prefer tequila, try this Chambord Raspberry Margarita. We like choices around here!
Best Vodka for Moscow Mule
Choosing the best vodka is important. You want a smooth, yet crisp taste.
Wheatley Award Winning Vodka is the only choice. Taste it over ice and you'll notice slight hints of vanilla.
When vodka tastes that good on the rocks, you can trust that it will also be the perfect addition to your cocktail.
Crafted from premium ingredients by the Master Distiller at the world's most decorated distillery - Buffalo Trace - Harlen Wheatley KNOWS what makes a craft alcohol QUALITY.
Just as Wheatley says, This is how vodka is supposed to taste. It's truly a staple to have in my bar!
What You Need to Make a Raspberry Mule
To make this mule, start with Wheatley, my choice for Moscow mule vodka. You will also need candied ginger (recipe below), ground ginger, soda water, lime, and a little simple syrup.
You can certainly buy candied ginger if you don't want to make it, but it's super easy and you can use it in other recipes! Sugar cookies with candied ginger? I'm in!
Making Candied Ginger
To make candied ginger, you'll only need three ingredients: Fresh ginger, water, and sugar.
Peel and very thinly slice fresh ginger to about ⅛ inch. You'll need about ¾ cup.
Cover the ginger with 2 ½ cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to boil and then simmer for about 40 minutes until the ginger is soft.
Reserve ¼ cup of liquid from ginger and drain the remaining water.
Weigh the ginger, and add it along with an equal amount of granulated sugar back in the saucepan along with the reserved water.
(In case you don't have a scale, we ended up with a heaping quarter cup of ginger, so added the same amount of sugar.)
Bring to a boil and simmer until the liquid has evaporated and the ginger starts to crystalize.
Immediately pour the ginger onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet to dry.
Once the ginger has cooled, you can peel the individual pieces off the parchment paper and store them in an airtight container for up to three months.
How to Make a Raspberry Moscow Mule Cocktail
This recipe makes one cocktail.
Gather your ingredients. Wash and dry ⅓ cup of raspberries, plus a couple of extra berries. Set aside the extras for garnish.
Add raspberries to a shaker glass.
Muddle the raspberries with 2 tablespoons of candied ginger and 4 sprigs of mint.
Releasing the flavor of the ginger takes a little time, so muddle well.
Add a ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger and the juice of a lime wedge. Stir.
Add simple syrup to taste. We added 1 tablespoon. Stir.
Add 1 ounce of Wheatley Vodka. Add ice cubes. Stir gently.
Using a cocktail strainer, pour the cocktail over fresh ice cubes in a mule mug.
Garnish with a couple of raspberries, a lime wedge, and a sprig of mint. Enjoy.
Tips for a Better Moscow Mule
I like to use large ice cubes. They melt more slowly, keeping your cocktail cold but not watering it down too much.
Flavor your ice cubes with an ingredient or two from your cocktail. I added whole raspberries to my ice cubes.
You could also add a sprig of mint to the ice tray. This makes the drink more festive and fun to serve.
What Else Could I Use to Make this Cocktail?
You can use ginger beer to make a traditional Moscow Mule. Eliminate the soda water, simple syrup, candied ginger, and ground ginger.
You can also use ginger ale instead of ginger beer, but the flavor will be less spicy. If you like the spice, add a pinch of ground ginger.
If you prefer another variety of berries, experiment with your favorite and let me know!
Watermelon might be fun. I'm thinking a pomegranate mule might be my next cocktail creation. Sounds good, doesn't it?
For now, I'll just enjoy this raspberry mule version. It's pretty delicious!
Check out some of the Featured Wheatley Cocktails. Always remember to serve food when you're serving cocktails.
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Raspberry Moscow Mule
To Make Candied Ginger
To Make Raspberry Moscow Mule Cocktail
- ⅓ C raspberries plus a couple of extras set aside for garnish.
- 2 T candied ginger
- 4 mint leaves plus a sprig for garnish
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¾ cup soda water
- ¼ lime divided into 2 pieces
- 1 T simple syrup or to taste
- 1 shot Wheatley Vodka
- Gather your ingredients. Wash and dry 10 raspberries (about ⅓ cup) plus a couple of extras set aside for garnish.
- Muddle the raspberries with 2 tablespoons of candied ginger and 4 leaves of mint in a shaker glass.
- Releasing the flavors of the candied ginger takes a little time, so muddle well.
- Add a ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger and the juice of ⅛ lime wedge. Stir.
- Add simple syrup to taste. We added 1 tablespoon. Stir.
- Add 1 shot of Wheatley Vodka. Add ice cubes. Stir gently.
- Using a cocktail strainer, pour the cocktail over ice cubes in a mule mug.
- Garnish with a couple of raspberries, a lime wedge, and a sprig of mint. Enjoy.