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Strawberry Moscow Mule Cocktail

We have a major bias toward this Strawberry Moscow Mule cocktail! Anytime we can give a recipe a dash of that sunshine freshness associated with California, well, we do it. We blame it on our love for our home state and all the fresh produce is grown here.

Sometimes, we do so by combining avocados and strawberries for dessert. Other times, we level up classic pound cake with a kumquat thyme marmalade. The bottom line is that if there are local flavors we can celebrate, we’re all about them.

Strawberry Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Sometimes, we even make a recipe more “California,” as we did with this Strawberry Moscow Mule. Though the cocktail’s name includes Moscow, it actually hails from Los Angeles (more on that later).

We’re the kind of people who buy flats of berries when we see them at the farmers’ market. Most of the time, we get through them all in a few days, no problem. But when we find ourselves with too many strawberries, we use them up in this cocktail made with vodka infused with strawberries. 

Oh, and did we mention it’s made ahead and easily can be made in a pitcher!?

Strawberry Moscow Mule Ingredients

This Strawberry Moscow Mule Cocktail is one of those drinks that comes across as girly and flirty but is a balance of not too sweet yet not too strong. It’s the perfect drink to beat the heat and is guaranteed to break the ice.

The key to this cocktail is to infuse the vodka with strawberries because it gives the final drink a floral berry flavor.

We love that it turns the drink into a gorgeous red shade; that color is fantastic, right? It reminds me of the perfect red of that Chanel lip gloss I used to save up for in my 1940s glam stage during high school. 

Here are the ingredients you need to make a Strawberry Moscow Mule:

For The Strawberry Vodka:

  • Strawberries: These will be mixed with vodka, so they don’t need to look good, but you do want the best-tasting berries you can find. 
  • Vodka: Use the top-shelf stuff so the cocktail is top quality. 

For A Strawberry Moscow Mule Cocktail:

  • Strawberry Vodka: The fresh-made strawberry-infused vodka brings the flavor and has natural sweetness. 
  • Fresh Mint: Smack a few leaves for a more complex flavor!
  • Lime: This acid balances the cocktail’s sweetness.
  • Ginger Beer: Use a good-quality ginger beer like Fever Tree for a lighter flavor or Bundaberg if you want a lot of ginger. 
Person holding one Moscow Mule drink

How To Make This Recipe

Making this Strawberry Moscow Mule is easy; you only need a little time. First, combine the strawberries and vodka until the vodka has a deep red color and full-on strawberry flavor. Then, to make a cocktail, you pour the strawberry-infused vodka over crushed ice with fresh lime juice, stir it, then top it with enough ginger beer and fresh mint leaves to bring some sweetness. 

The Origin Of The Moscow Mule

Before we go any further, let’s talk about the classic cocktail, the Moscow Mule. If you’ve never had the cocktail before, the classic Moscow Mule recipe is made with vodka, lime, ginger beer, crushed ice, and a sprig of mint.

This cocktail is part of the “mule family of cocktails.”All cocktails of this type are made with that delicious combination of ginger beer (or ginger ale), lime juice, and alcohol. Also, these cocktails are sometimes called a “buck,” so if you see either term on a menu, you know what to expect.

The Moscow Mule is believed to have been created in the early 1940s in Los Angeles, California. The story goes that the owner of the British Pub, the Cock ‘n Bull, on the Sunset Strip came up with the vodka and ginger beer concoction. However, it’s debated as to whether the head bartender or the owner was the true creator of the drink.

The Deal With The Copper Cup

Regardless, the drink is one of the most popular vodka cocktails out there, and it’s usually served in a copper mug filled with ice. Some say the copper cup keeps the drink super cold, while others say it is purely about looks.

We’re not fans of buying things just to buy them, but if you plan on mixing up some Moscow Mule cocktails, we consider the copper cups an essential part of a well-stocked bar. Regardless, if you see a cocktail served this way, it’s likely a Moscow Mule.

How (And Why!) To Infuse Alcohol

Of all the DIY kitchen projects, infusing alcohol is probably one of the easiest. That’s because you simply combine alcohol with whatever you want, from strawberries to jalapeños!

When done right, well-infused alcohol will give a cocktail another layer of flavor without totally masking the taste of the alcohol itself.

The Best Ginger Beer To Use

Yes, you always want to use the best ingredients you can find to make any recipe. We encourage you to use your favorite premium vodka when you make this. In other words, avoid any vodka from the corner store that comes in a plastic bottle! But the place where this cocktail can go wrong is with the ginger beer.

Sometimes, a lousy ginger beer or even ginger ale is used instead. To clarify, ginger ale is different from ginger beer. Ginger beer is a naturally bubbly, brewed beverage made with ginger and has a meager amount of alcohol (hence the “beer” in the name). Ginger ale is a soda made by mixing ginger syrup and carbonated water.

In this cocktail, you want a ginger beer with a lot of spiciness. We prefer to use Fever-Tree, Bundaberg, or Fentimans brands. The sweetness and spiciness of the ginger beer you use may require you to use more or less lime or agave to balance the cocktail.

Kentucky Mule Cocktail Recipe

Other Moscow Mule Recipes We Like

There are a lot of variations on the mule cocktail out there from the Kentucky Mule (made with bourbon) and the Mexican Mule (aka “El Burro“) made with tequila. Here are a few variations we like:

Regardless, this recipe brings the party, whether you’re throwing a cocktail party or just cooking a homemade meal for you and your S.O. 

Go stock up on all your cooking essentials, head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

Strawberry Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe

Strawberry Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe

We love the Moscow Mule for its refreshing combination of lime, ginger beer, and vodka. And adore that it too is a native Californian. The only thing better than the classic cocktail? Making it with strawberries!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
resting time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 drink
Calories 180 kcal


For The Strawberry-Infused Vodka

  • 1 pound strawberries

    hulled and quartered

  • 2 cups vodka

For One Cocktail

  • 2 ounces strawberry vodka
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ice
  • 4 ounces chilled ginger beer
  • 1 thinly sliced strawberry

    for garnish

  • 1 lime wheel

    for garnish


  • Make The Strawberry-Infused Vodka: Combine vodka and berries in a glass jar, cover, and shake, and let sit at room temperature for at least 24 hours and up to 72 hours.
    Taste the vodka every 12 hours -- when it's as strawberry-flavored as you like, strain through a fine-mesh sieve, discard the berries and keep the vodka.
  • Make One Cocktail: Fill a copper mug or a Collins glass with crushed ice. Add 2 ounces of the Strawberry-Infused Vodka, 4 ounces of the ginger beer, and the juice from half of a lime. Stir to combine.
  • Serve The Moscow Mule: Tuck a mint sprig into the cocktail, add a few sliced strawberries, then serve immediately.



Serving: 1drinkCalories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 10mgPotassium: 55mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 97IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
Keyword classic california recipe, classic vodka cocktail
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