Mules are your answer to a delicious cocktail. What is good about Mule cocktails is that they can be made with just about anything – vodka, tequila, rum, whiskey, and almost any other spirits. When you make a mule with vodka, it’s called a Moscow mule. Moscow mules are very popular in the U.S.A. It is because of their spicy and tangy notes.
Moscow mules are delicious drinks usually served chilled in copper mugs. Copper mugs make the cocktail keep chilled for a longer time without watering it down. The copper mug has a high conductivity that transfers the coldness of the ice into the cocktail without thawing out. So, you get your ale coppered up!
This cocktail is often served with a lime wedges and some mint (making it look fancy). But there is another version of this classic buck drink. There are various variations of this Moscow mule like the Berry Moscow Mule, Apple Cider Moscow Mule, Kentucky Moscow Mule, Gin Gin Moscow Mule and many more. All of these variations of this classic Moscow Mule are made with the same ingredients as the classic Moscow mule. But it has the addition of the ingredient that gives this dish a different taste.
We all know pairing a good-tasting food with a good-tasting cocktail accentuates both of their flavors. The food and alcohol pairing is not a new concept. So, today we’ll discuss all we know about Moscow mules and I’ll also be giving you a list of foods that you can pair with your favorite Moscow mules. So, here we go!
What Is A Moscow Mule?
Before I tell you what foods to pair with Moscow mules, I feel I should tell you what are Moscow mules. Moscow mules, as has been already established, are cocktails. The alcohol that goes in the cocktail is usually vodka. Other things that go in the Moscow mule are spicy ginger beer and some freshly squeezed line juice.
Berry Moscow mules are made the same way with an extra addition of berries of your choice. Berry-flavored Moscow Mule is a welcome change to the classic Moscow Mule cocktail. The sweet tartness of the berries adds more character to the cocktail. The berry Moscow mules have a fruity kick and berrylicious richness to it. Like regular Moscow mules, berry Moscow mules are served chilled in a copper mug.
Before I tell you what foods you can pair with berry Moscow mules, let’s see the different types of berry Moscow mules and how you can make them at home.
Different Types Of Moscow Mules
1. Raspberry Moscow Mule
The raspberry Moscow Mule is a berry Moscow mule. There are many ways you can make a delicious raspberry Moscow mule. It can be made with raspberry vodka, raspberry cordial, or simply just muddled raspberries.
The raspberry Moscow mule I am making is made with muddled raspberries. So, it is fruity and sweet. As I said, it is best served in a copper mug. This will help to keep it chilled for a long time. Let’s see the recipe for it.
Raspberry Moscow Mule Recipe
- 1 Muddling Glass with Muddler
- 1 Cocktail Spoon
- 4 Copper Mugs
- 8 oz. Vodka
- 10 oz. Fresh raspberries
- 4 oz. Frozen Raspberries
- 2 bottles Ginger Beer
- 5-6 Mint Leaves
- 2 Limes (juiced)
- Lime Wedges, Fresh Raspberries and Mint Leaves (for garnish)
- In a muddling glass, muddle the fresh raspberries, lime, and mint leaves.
- Then, fill four copper mugs with ice. Pour 2 ounces of vodka into each copper mug. Add the muddled mixture to the cups as well.
- Stir well using a cocktail spoon. Then, add the ginger beer and frozen raspberries to the mugs.
- Stir some more. Garnish the drinks with lime wedges, mint leaves, and some raspberries.
2. Blackberry Moscow Mule
Blackberries also a great addition to the Moscow mules. Blackberries are high in Vitamin C and are essential for the production of collagen. However, with regards to its purpose Moscow Mule, it lends a fruity but tart sweetness to the cocktail.
The blackberry Moscow mule has a beautiful color and is as easy to make as any other Moscow mule drink. It has bitter, sweet, spicy, and tart notes. Let’s see the recipe for it.
Blackberry Moscow Mule Recipe
- 1 Muddling Glass and Muddler
- 1 Cocktail Spoon
- 2 Copper Mugs
- A handful Fresh Blackberries
- 1 ½ oz. Vodka
- ½ Lime
- A sprig Mint
- 1 Ginger Beer
- A splash of Simple Syrup (to taste)
- Skewered Blackberries, Lemon Wedges, and Mint Leaves (to garnish)
- Take a muddling glass, muddle together blackberries and lime.
- Add the blackberries and lime to two copper mugs. Then, add ice, vodka and a splash of simple syrup to them.
- Stir well with a cocktail spoon. Finish by pouring ginger beer in the mug.
- Garnish the drinks with skewered blackberries, lemon wedge and a sprig of mint.
3. Cherry Moscow Mule
Cherries taste both sweet and sour and make a good pairing with many dishes. This fruity, summery cocktail is both delicious and refreshing. The maraschino cherries give the drink a beautiful red color. This is probably the most pretty looking berry mule of them all. Let’s see the recipe for the Cherry Moscow Mule.
Cherry Moscow Mule Recipe
- 1 Muddling Glass and Muddler
- 1 Cocktail Spoon
- 1 Copper Mug
- 6 Maraschino Cherries
- 1 ounce Lime Juice
- 3 ounces Vodka
- 6 ounces Ginger Beer
- Edible flowers (to garnish)
- In a muddling glass, muddle maraschino cherries and lime juice. Add vodka to it and stir using a cocktail spoon.
- In a copper mug, pour cherry mixture over ice and top it off with ginger beer.
- Lastly, top the drink with some edible flowers to garnish it.
These were some of the berry Moscow mules and how you can make it. Now, let’s see some of the foods that go great with Moscow mules, berry-flavored as well as the classic.
10 Foods That Go Best With Moscow Mule
1. Grilled Salmon
Fish pairs well with Moscow Mule. In fact, seafood gets a big thumbs-up when it comes to pairing it with Moscow mule. Grilled salmon steak and buttered asparagus is one such example. The grilled fish a good choice to pair with the raspberry Moscow mule.
The fruity taste of the drink complements well with the taste of the fish. The garlic and buttery notes of the fish and the asparagus are really a great fit with the spicy, tangy, and sweet notes of the cocktail.
2. Grilled Cheese Sandwich
We know that cheese goes perfectly with wine. But cheese pairs well with Moscow mules as well. If you having a grilled cheese, you should pair it with the blackberry Moscow mule.The flavor of the cheddar cheese evens out the sweetly tart taste of the blackberry Moscow mule.
The fruity taste and the vodka in the mule is a good pair with the crispy bread and the nutty, melted cheddar cheese. The grilled cheese sandwich is also a great comfort food. Don’t overthink it! Just try it!
3. Linguine with Clams
As I said, seafood pairs well with Moscow mule. So, why not pair a delicious seafood pasta with it. Try your cherry Moscow mule with a plate of delicious linguine with some clams. The salty and meaty and the smooth linguine complements the lemony ginger taste of the cocktail perfectly. The cherry Moscow mule adds a bittersweet and tart taste to your meal.
Sushi is one of the most popular Asian dishes. It just so happens that Asian food is another genre that pairs well with Moscow mule. Sushi checks both boxes. It is Asian and has seafood in it. So, you can imagine how well it’ll pair with the classic Moscow mule. The spicy gingery taste of the drink goes well with the sushi’s Asian flavors.
5. Thai Noodle Salad
Another Asian dish that goes great with the Moscow mule is the Thai noodle salad. The noodles along with the tangy and spicy peanut lime dressing makes it a perfect fit for the drink. The drink goes with all kinds of sushi, be it unagi or salmon skin roll (Ross Geller will be very happy).
6. Goat Cheese
Cheese and vodka do go great together. This stands true for goat cheese as well. The mellow sweet taste of the goat cheese goes great with the strong taste of the Moscow mule. This combination can get even better if you add some crackers to the cheese. Cheese and crackers with some chilled cocktail, sounds like a great plan!
7. Fish and Chips
Fish and chips is a great classic dish. It already goes perfectly wit beer. But you can very well pair it with some Moscow mule as well. The salty and crispy battered fish and chips go very well with gingery vodka cocktail.
8. Nachos and Guacamole
In a party, if they’re serving Moscow mule, you should look for some nachos and guac. This Mexican duo is a great snack to have with your favorite American cocktail. The crispy nachos, the spicy and tangy guacamole, and the gingery and tangy drink, all go very well together.
9. Kettle Chips
Another great snack to munch on while sipping your favorite cocktail is kettle chips. You can eat spicy or plainly salted kettle chips with your Moscow mule. These light potato chips are perfect partner to your evening cocktails.
10. Gummy Bears
Last on the list is an usual snack, gummy bears. This fruity snack might not seem like a sane choice but it is definitely a great choice. The fruity taste of the gummy bears gives a delicious kick to the gingery cocktail. This combination tastes very similar to the berry-flavored Moscow mule.
Can you use ginger ale in a Moscow Mule?
Ginger ale can be used as an alternative to ginger beer in making Moscow Mule. It is a good alternative with just 10 calories per ounce compared to the 15 calories per ounce of ginger beer. Some people even use ginger syrup to make their Moscow mule.
Do ginger beer and ginger ale taste the same?
Ginger beer is brewed and fermented and has a more gingery taste as compared to ginger ale which is more carbonated. Ginger ale is also sweeter than ginger beer.
Is Moscow Mule a summer drink?
Moscow Mule is a summer drink. Its lemony taste with lots of ice makes it a refreshing drink for the heat waves of summer.
So, this was all about Moscow mules and what food pairs best with it. Now, you also know how can make delicious berry Moscow mules at home. Tell me in the comments what food you like to pair with your Moscow mule. Also, let me know which is you favorite berry mule flavor. I’ll see you with another blog shortly. Until then, happy eating!