8 Cocktails Every Moscow Mule Lover Needs to Try

These variations on the classic cocktail are perfect for summertime sipping.

There are so many cocktails that just scream summer, but for me, nothing beats a Moscow Mule. The delectable combination of vodka, ginger beer and lime is hard to beat, thanks to its refreshing flavor. And the frosty, copper mugs are just an added bonus.

But more and more bars are starting to offer variations on this classic drink — either made with a different liquor or with added flavors — and I have to say, they're just as delicious as the original. Of course, I'm not turning my back on a traditional Moscow Mule forever, but these new takes have definitely become a part of my regular cocktail rotation. Read on for our top Moscow Mule variations you need to try this summer.

1: Tequila Mule

Photo by: Photo and recipe courtesy of Patron Tequila

Photo and recipe courtesy of Patron Tequila


  • 2 oz tequila (we used Patrón Reposado)
  • 3 oz ginger beer
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • lime twist, for garnish
  • candied ginger, for garnish

Combine tequila and lime juice in a chilled copper mug filled with crushed ice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge and candied ginger.

2: Watermelon Mule

Watermelon Cocktail in Copper Mug

Watermelon Mule Cocktail

Enjoy the flavors of summer with this cool and refreshing watermelon mule, a twist on the classic Moscow mule.

Photo by: Kayla Kitts

Kayla Kitts

The addition of watermelon and mint makes this cocktail a sweet, refreshing option that's perfect for summer.

Make This: Watermelon Mule

3: Bourbon Mule

Photo by: Photo and recipe courtesy of Knob Creek Bourbon

Photo and recipe courtesy of Knob Creek Bourbon


  • 1.5 oz bourbon (we used Knob Creek)
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • .5 oz fresh lime juice
  • lime, for garnish

Fill a glass with ice, fresh lime juice and bourbon. Top with ginger beer, then garnish with a lime wedge.

4: Cucumber and Gin Mule

Photo by: Photo and recipe courtesy of Hendrick's Gin

Photo and recipe courtesy of Hendrick's Gin


  • 2 oz gin (we used Hendrick's)
  • .66 oz fresh lime juice
  • .5 oz elderflower cordial
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 inch cucumber
  • ginger beer

Add cucumber to a glass, and break with a muddler. Add other ingredients and build together over cracked ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish.

5: Smashed Cherry Mule

Photo by: Photo courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

Photo courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

Muddled cherries add a tart twist to this cocktail from A Beautiful Mess.

Make This: Smashed Cherry Mule

6: Rum Mule

Photo by: Photo and recipe courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum

Photo and recipe courtesy of Sailor Jerry Rum


  • 1 oz spiced rum (we used Sailor Jerry)
  • 3 oz ginger beer
  • 2 lime wedges

Fill a glass with ice and squeeze in two lime wedges. Add rum and top with ginger beer.

7: Chipotle, Cilantro + Tequila Mule

Photo by: Photo and recipe courtesy of 1800 Tequila

Photo and recipe courtesy of 1800 Tequila


  • 2 oz tequila (we used 1800 Silver Tequila)
  • 1 tsp chipotle peppers or chipotle powder
  • pinch of cilantro
  • .5 oz cane sugar
  • .75 oz lime
  • 1 oz ginger beer

Add all ingredients except ginger beer into a shaker. Shake and double strain into an iced Collins glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with cilantro.

8: Melon and Mint Mule

Photo by: Photo and recipe courtesy of Midori

Photo and recipe courtesy of Midori


  • 2 oz melon liqueur (we used Midori)
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 3 oz ginger ale
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves

Combine all ingredients but the ginger ale in a shaker with ice and shake well. Pour into a tall glass over fresh ice, add ginger ale and stir. Garnish with fresh mint.

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