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Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule Recipe

Indulge in the perfect blend of tangy strawberries, aromatic basil, and zesty ginger beer with this Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule recipe. It’s a summertime twist on the classic Moscow Mule cocktail you are going to enjoy.

In this refreshing drink, we combine the traditional flavors of vodka and lime with the irresistible sweetness of fresh strawberries and the herbaceous notes of basil. It’s a delightful fusion of flavors.

The Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule is a true celebration of summer’s bounty. Fresh, juicy strawberries bring a burst of natural sweetness to the mix, providing a luscious flavor profile that perfectly complements the spicy kick of ginger beer.

Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule Recipe
This simple Moscow mule recipe is perfect for the hot summer months.

The addition of fragrant basil leaves infuse the mule with a subtle herbal essence adding complexity to the drink. Served over ice in a traditional mug, this cocktail is beautiful and delicious.

Not only does the Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule deliver on taste and presentation, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. With just a handful of ingredients and a few simple steps, you can whip up this refreshing concoction in no time. Muddle the strawberries and basil to release their vibrant flavors, then combine them with vodka and freshly squeezed lime juice.

Top it off with ice and ginger beer, giving it a gentle stir to mix all the flavors together. The result? A lip-smacking beverage that’s perfect for sipping on hot summer days or any time you crave a cocktail that’s both sophisticated and playful.

The best Moscow mule recipe is the one you love the most. That’s a matter of personal taste. Go ahead and give this one a try, play with the recipe and see where it rates for you. We’d love to know how you like this flavor blend.

Enjoy crafting and savoring this delightful Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule. We believe it will be a cherished addition to your cocktail repertoire.

Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule

What alcohol is Moscow Mule made of?

The classic Moscow Mule recipe is traditionally made with vodka. Vodka’s clean and neutral flavor allows the other ingredients in the cocktail, such as lime juice and ginger beer, to shine. The combination of vodka’s smoothness and the spiciness of ginger beer creates a well-balanced and refreshing drink that has become synonymous with the Moscow Mule.

This strawberry basil version also uses vodka. The flavors of the muddled fruits and herbs are allowed to peek through since vodka doesn’t add much flavor.

At the bottom of this post we have a few suggestions for Moscow mule variations using different alcohols. There is more than one way to enjoy your Mule drinks.

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The traditional mug for a Moscow Mule is copper

Why is a Moscow Mule always served in a copper cup?

The Moscow Mule is traditionally served in a copper cup for several reasons. Firstly, the copper material is an excellent conductor of cold temperature, keeping the drink chilled for longer periods. Additionally, the metal can enhance the flavor of the cocktail, providing a slight metallic tang that complements the ginger and lime. Lastly, the iconic copper mug adds a touch of visual appeal and sophistication, creating a memorable and aesthetically pleasing presentation.

But not all Moscow mule mugs are made of copper. As we go into more in this post, Some drinkers are Leary of the copper mugs since a tiny bit of copper does escape into the drink. But copper is only toxic in large amounts. You’re unlikely to be poisoned by your copper mug unless you drink a TON of mules out of them in quick succession (in which case the alcohol is probably doing your more harm that the copper. 🙂

Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule
stainless steel Moscow mule cup with strawberry basil Moscow mule

Do you put ginger beer in Moscow Mule with or without alcohol?

Traditionally, a Moscow Mule is made with alcohol, specifically vodka. Ginger beer is a key ingredient in the cocktail, providing its signature spicy and effervescent quality. However, if you prefer a Virgin Moscow Mule, you can still enjoy the refreshing flavors of ginger beer and lime juice without the addition of vodka.

A non-alcoholic version of this strawberry basil Moscow mule is a great option where an alcohol-free drink is desired. Since vodka doesn’t add much flavor you won’t miss it in a virgin variation. We offer you the virgin ingredients list in our Notes section after the recipe below. Try it!

Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule Recipe:

Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule
Yield: 1 Moscow mule cocktail

Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule Recipe

Prep Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

Indulge in the perfect blend of tangy strawberries, aromatic basil, and zesty ginger beer with the Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule. It's a refreshing drink with a lovely blend of summer flavors muddled right in. Delicous!


  • 3-4 fresh strawberries (as needed)
  • 2-3 fresh basil leaves (to taste)
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice cubes (as needed)
  • 4 oz. Ginger beer (as needed to fill cup after ice)
  • Extra Strawberry slices and basil leaves for garnish


    1. In a cocktail shaker or a sturdy glass, muddle the fresh strawberries and basil leaves together until they are well crushed and their flavors are released.Muddling Strawberries And Basil
    2. Add vodka and lime juice to the muddled mixture and give it a gentle stir to combine.
    3. Fill a Moscow Mule mug, or a highball glass, with ice cubes.
    4. Strain the muddled mixture into the glass over the ice.
    5. Top the glass with ginger beer, leaving a little room at the top for garnishes.
    6. Give the drink a quick stir to mix the ingredients together.
    7. Garnish with strawberry slices and a few basil leaves for an extra touch of freshness.
    8. Serve immediately and enjoy!Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule


Note: If you prefer a sweeter taste, you can add a teaspoon or two of simple syrup or agave nectar to the muddled mixture before straining it into the glass.

Remember to adjust the ingredients according to your taste preferences and the number of servings you wish to make. Cheers!

Virgin Variation of this drink:


4-5 fresh strawberries
4-6 fresh basil leaves
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
½ ounce simple syrup (adjust to taste)
Ginger beer
Ice cubes
Strawberry slices and basil leaves for garnish

Instructions: Use the same method as in the recipe above. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 213Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 12mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 3gSugar 23gProtein 1g

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Moscow Mule Variations:

Like our strawberry basil Moscow mule, there are MANY ways to make a mule. here are a few ideas for variations on the Moscow mule. We’ve also added the basic traditional Mule recipe in case that’s your favorite!

What is a Russian mule made of?

A Russian Mule is essentially a variation of the Moscow Mule. It typically includes the same basic ingredients as the Moscow Mule, which are vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. However, for the Russian Mule add bitters. Angostura bitters ar a good choice for this. The bitters provide a more complex and aromatic flavor profile. The bitters also add a subtle bitterness and herbal undertones to the cocktail, making it a delightful twist on the classic Moscow Mule.

More Delicious Moscow Mule Drinks:

The Russian Mule is just one more version of the Moscow Mule. Here are some more you’ll want to try. From the very basic Moscow mule to those with some interesting flavor and alcohol variations. The are SO many ways to enjoy Moscow mule drinks. Cheers!

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