I enjoy having a cocktail while watching fireworks of July 4th. Here is Watermelon Moscow Mule. The Moscow Mule originated in 1941 and although there’s debate as to who came up with the recipe, there’s no arguing the drink is still incredibly popular after more than 75 years.
What is Moscow Mule?
It is made with vodka, ginger beer and lime, and this refreshing cocktail has risen to popularity again in recent years due to its pleasantly spicy flavor along with super-Instagrammable copper Moscow Mule mug in which it’s served. After a long debate whether to buy or not I too go that copper Moscow mule mug.
There is a variation for any occasion and the Moscow Mule, any flavor, is always refreshingly delicious.
You will be amazed to see the variation of Moscow mule name changes depending on the alcohol used as everybody is not a fan of Vodka . If bourbon is used instead of vodka, the drink is commonly called a Kentucky mule or horse-feather, or if coffee liqueur is added a New Orleans mule. Likewise, if gin is used, it is a gin-gin mule; if tequila is used it is a Mexican mule; if spiced rum is used it is a Jamaican mule; if Bundaberg Rum is used it is an Aussie mule; if Irish whiskey is used it is an Irish mule; if blended Scotch whisky and St-Germain liqueur are used it is a Glasgow mule; if absinthe is used it is a Bohemian mule; if cinnamon schnapps are added as well, a dead man’s mule; if cognac and Angostura bitters are used it is a French mule; if pear liqueur and Poire Williams are used it is a prickly pear mule; if Southern Comfort liqueur is used it is a Southern mule; and if Tuaca liqueur is used, it is a Tuscan mule.
Watermelon Moscow mule is the refreshing drink as it has natural sweetness and full of summer. It’s bright and festive. It’s refreshing. And to top it off, all that watermelon means it’s hydrating, so have as many as you want! Crisp ginger beer and lime juice are blended with the subtle flavors of watermelon and spiked with vodka to create a smooth, blended cocktail that’s sure to keep you cool. Since watermelon alone can’t get the color, I am looking for muddled few raspberries to bring out more color and tartness in vodka-based drink. I got the combination of Watermelon and raspberry from one of the margarita recipes. This variation really amps up the already cool, refreshing nature of the classic Mule.
How to make Watermelon Moscow Mule
First make watermelon juice and then muddle the raspberries and add ice and vodka and then top of with ginger beer. Really crisp watermelon Moscow mule is waiting for your sip.
Tips to remember
while picking the Watermelon
Always pick big or small, the watermelon should feel heavy for its size.
Watermelons develop a splotch where they rest on the ground. When this splotch is creamy yellow, it’s ripe. So, look for the yellow spot.
Tap the underbelly of the watermelon. A ripe one will have a deep hollow sound. Under-ripe or over-ripe melons will sound dull.
Look for a watermelon with a little depression on the end instead of a stem, it will be sweeter. This is because it fell off the vine on its own, rather than being plucked off before it was fully ripened. So, look for an “innie” instead of an “outie”.
If you want, you can strain the watermelon juice to get uniform consistency.
If you don’t like raspberry seeds you can strain that and juice instead of raspberry muddled.
If you like this Watermelon Moscow Mule which is a summer favorite, check it out this Pomegranate Moscow Mule which is winter favorite.
You’ll never find yourself breaking a sweat with these easy and quick recipes.
Watermelon Moscow Mule
better with a fruity, watermelon and light lemon twist to take summer celebrations
to the next level.
- 2 oz Vodka
- 3 oz watermelon juice
- 4 oz ginger beer
- 0.75 oz lemon juice
- 6 raspberries +2 for garnish
- 1 slice of watermelon
- 1 mint sprig
- Make watermelon juice by adding fresh watermelon cubes in a blender.
- Blend thoroughly and then strain into a pitcher.
- In a shaker muddle six raspberries by gently pressing them.
- Add the remaining ingredients except the ginger beer to the shaker tin.
- Add ice and shake vigorously to combine and chill.
- Garnish with a mint sprig, watermelon slice and raspberries.
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This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.