Garden mule cocktail
Blueberry and cucumber Moscow mule recipe
The original Moscow mule is a great canvas for some tasty variations. The Garden mule is my most recent concoction and my best Moscow mule recipe yet. It is fresh, fun, and just the thing for summer. I love it's gorgeous purple color. This recipe was featured on Huffington Post and selected as a Community Pick for Food52's Best Day Time Drink contest.
Requires a little muddling
Regular Moscow mules do not require any muddling. Garden mules definitely need muddling. That is what makes them so good - muddling up the blueberries, cucumber and mint so they are infused into the cocktail. You will need a cocktail shaker, a muddler and a strainer. See my post on Cocktail methods for the novice mixologist to learn what you need to get started.
The right ginger beer is important
We like Fever Tree and Maine Root. Don't substitute ginger ale. It is not the same.
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- 4 slices cucumber
- 16 blueberries
- 6 mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce lime juice
- ½ cup ginger beer
- 1 piece candied ginger
- Put the cucumber, 8 blueberries and mint leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Muddle until crushed and juicy. Add a handful of ice, vodka and lime. Cover shaker and shake for about 15 seconds, until the shaker develops a nice coat of condensation on the outside.
- Fill a Moscow mule mug with ice. Strain the liquid from the shaker into the mug. Top with ginger beer and 4 blueberries. Thread 4 more blueberries and a piece of candied ginger onto a toothpick. Garnish with a sprig of mint and the toothpick of berries and ginger.
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