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Citrus Berry Moscow Mule


When you think of a Moscow Mule, you probably picture the iconic copper mug, condensation glistening on its sides, filled to the brim with a blend of vodka, ginger beer, and lime. But what if we shook things up a bit and introduced a burst of fruity flavors to the mix? Enter the Citrus Berry Moscow Mule: a vibrant twist on the classic cocktail that brings together the refreshing zing of citrus with the sweet-tart kiss of berries.

Before we dive into our delightful concoction, let’s take a quick trip back in time. The Moscow Mule was born in the 1940s, the brainchild of three entrepreneurs who combined their products—vodka, ginger beer, and copper mugs—into a drink that became a staple in bars across America. Its popularity spread like wildfire, and its legacy has only grown with the introduction of countless variations.

Let’s delve into the Citrus Berry Moscow Mule and what makes it a unique variation of the original. Not much in this recipe deviates from the original, just some modifications. The base spirit, vodka, remains faithful to the original Mule. Its clean, neutral taste serves as a blank canvas, allowing the other flavors to shine.

This is where the berry element comes in. Cranberry juice brings a burst of tartness to the mix, adding a delightful fruity flavor that pairs beautifully with the citrus notes.

Freshly squeezed orange juice adds a natural sweetness that complements the cranberry juice, bringing balance and a hint of sunshine to the cocktail. Dry curaçao, an orange-flavored liqueur, enhances these citrus notes, giving the drink a subtle hint of bitterness that cuts through the sweetness and adds complexity to each sip.

Lime juice, a classic Mule ingredient, provides a refreshing edge that brightens the entire drink. Its sharp, zesty tang ties together all the flavors, ensuring they blend well.

And finally, the star of the Mule, ginger beer, lends its signature fiery fizz and invigorating aroma. Its spicy kick ties the whole cocktail together, creating that unmistakable Mule flavor we all love.


Step 1: Add vodka, cranberry juice, orange juice, dry curaçao, lime juice and ice to a copper mug.


Step 2: gently stir to combine, then top the mug off with ginger beer.


Step 3: Garnish with a citrus and berry skewer.

While the classic Moscow Mule is a crisp, refreshing drink, the Citrus Berry version enhances those qualities with layers of flavor. The cranberry juice adds a bright tartness that contrasts with the sweet orange juice, while dry curaçao introduces a bittersweet complexity. Together with the zesty lime juice and ginger beer, these ingredients elevate the cocktail to a whole new level, creating a drink that is both familiar and refreshingly different.

Citrus Berry Moscow Mule




  1. Step 1 – Add vodka, cranberry juice, orange juice, dry curaçao, lime juice and ice to a copper mug.
  2. Step 2 – Gently stir to combine, then top the mug off with ginger beer.
  3. Step 3 – Garnish with a citrus and berry skewer.

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