How to Make a Cucumber Moscow Mule Cocktail

The Moscow Mule is a refreshing and popular cocktail that combines vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, typically served in a copper mug. A delightful variation of this classic is the Cucumber Moscow Mule, which introduces the fresh, crisp taste of cucumber for a cooler, more garden-fresh twist.

Here’s a simple guide on how to make this invigorating drink.

Ingredients Needed

  1. Vodka – 2 ounces; choose a good quality vodka for the best flavor.
  2. Ginger Beer – 4 to 6 ounces, depending on your taste preference. The ginger beer should be non-alcoholic.
  3. Fresh Lime Juice – About half a lime or more to taste.
  4. Cucumber – A few slices for muddling and a wheel or spear for garnish.
  5. Mint Leaves – Optional, for garnish and added flavor.
  6. Ice – Plenty to fill the mug.

Equipment Required

  • Copper Mug or Highball Glass – Traditionally, Moscow Mules are served in a copper mug, but any highball glass will work as well.
  • Muddler – To muddle the cucumber in the glass.
  • Measuring Jigger – For accurate measurement of the vodka.
  • Stirring Spoon or Bar Spoon – To mix the ingredients together in the glass.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Prepare the Cucumber: Begin by slicing a fresh cucumber. You’ll need about three to four thin slices to muddle, plus an extra slice or spear for garnish.
  2. Muddle the Cucumber: In your copper mug or highball glass, muddle the cucumber slices gently. The aim is to release the flavors without turning them into a complete pulp.
  3. Add Ice: Fill the mug or glass with ice cubes to the top.
  4. Pour the Vodka: Measure and pour two ounces of vodka over the ice.
  5. Add Lime Juice: Squeeze in the juice from half a lime, more if you prefer a tangier taste.
  6. Top with Ginger Beer: Pour ginger beer over the mixture, filling up to the brim of the mug or glass.
  7. Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the mixture gently. This combines the vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer with the muddled cucumber.
  8. Garnish and Serve: Garnish with a cucumber wheel or spear and optionally, a sprig of mint for an extra pop of color and freshness.

Enjoying Your Cocktail

Serve immediately and enjoy the cool, refreshing taste of your Cucumber Moscow Mule. This cocktail is perfect for hot summer days or any occasion where you desire something fresh and invigorating. Its effervescence, crisp flavors, and stylish presentation in a copper mug make it an enjoyable drink for both the palate and the eyes.