Strawberry Moscow Mule (Skinny!)

Hey there, cocktail enthusiasts and flavor adventurers! Are you ready to tantalize your taste buds and embark on a delightful journey through the world of Moscow Mules? If you’re a fan of this classic and refreshing concoction, then you’re in for a treat. Today, we’re going to dive into the fascinating realm of Moscow Mule variations, where creativity knows no bounds. Get ready to discover how a simple twist can transform the traditional copper-mugged libation into an extraordinary sensory experience. And guess what? We’ll be shining a spotlight on one of the most scrumptious variations out there: the enchanting Strawberry Moscow Mule. So, let’s raise our glasses and explore the endless possibilities of this beloved cocktail together!

History of the Moscow Mule:

Moscow Mule first made its appearance in the United States during the early 1940s, and it has since become an enduring symbol of mixological innovation and timeless enjoyment.

Legend has it that one fateful evening in 1941, John G. Martin, the president of a spirits company called Heublein, found himself in a dilemma. He had recently acquired the rights to distribute a relatively unknown Russian vodka called Smirnoff but was struggling to make it popular in the United States. At the same time, Jack Morgan, the owner of the Cock ‘n’ Bull pub in Hollywood, had an excess of ginger beer he needed to clear from his inventory.

In a stroke of serendipity, Martin and Morgan crossed paths with a third individual, Rudolph Kunett, a copper mug manufacturer. The trio decided to join forces, creating a drink that would showcase both the vodka and ginger beer while making use of Kunett’s copper mugs. Thus, the Moscow Mule was born.

The cocktail’s popularity soared as it captured the hearts of drinkers across the United States. The distinctive copper mug became synonymous with the Moscow Mule, thanks in part to a savvy marketing campaign that included celebrities posing with the drink. By the 1950s, the Moscow Mule had firmly established itself as a classic cocktail, beloved for its refreshing taste and eye-catching presentation.

Do I need to serve a Moscow Mule in a Copper Mug?

Of course not! That is totally up to you! However, there is more of a reason for the copper than just it’s charm. Copper is an excellent conductor of temperature. When the chilled cocktail comes into contact with the cold copper mug, it helps to keep the drink icy cold for a longer period. This is particularly refreshing, especially during hot summer months or when you want to savor your drink slowly.

Secondly, copper has a unique property that enhances the flavor profile of the Moscow Mule. When the vodka and ginger beer interact with the copper, a chemical reaction occurs, subtly altering the taste. Some enthusiasts claim that the copper imparts a slightly metallic tang to the cocktail, enhancing the overall drinking experience. However, it’s important to note that this flavor enhancement is subjective and not everyone may notice or appreciate it.

Lastly, the use of copper mugs has a nostalgic and iconic appeal. It harkens back to the cocktail’s origins and adds a sense of authenticity to the drinking experience. The distinctive look of the copper mug has become synonymous with the Moscow Mule and has contributed to its enduring popularity.

Moscow Mule Bar:

Get some bowls of fresh fruit and herbs, and plenty of ice. Put out a variety of cocktail glasses. If you can, get some Sonic crushed ice! We love adding crushed ice to these cocktails.

We used strawberries in this recipe, but blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, watermelon chunks, and fresh pineapple would be wonderful additions. You can use a variety of herbs. Of course we love mint, but you could also add lemon balm, rosemary, basil and thyme!

Lastly, have ginger beer, light ginger beer, and have some sparkling water, for anyone that wants to really lighten things up.

Strawberry moscow mule over ice with a straw and strawberry and mint leaves on top

Strawberry Moscow Mule

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Course: cocktails
Cuisine: International
Keyword: Moscow Mule, strawberries, vodka
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 216kcal
Author: Bruce and Dina Miller




  • With a knife, remove the hulls from 2 of the strawberries, and muddle in a cocktail shaker. Slap the mint, to release the oils, and add to the strawberries and muddle.
    3 strawberries, 2 fresh mint leaves
  • Add in the strawberry orange juice, the lime juice, and the vodka. Add a few ice cubes and shake.
    1 ounce strawberry orange juice, 1 lime, 2 ounces vodka
  • Add crushed ice to a tall glass. Pour the cocktail into the glass, straining, but allowing a bit of the strawberry pieces into the drink. Leave enough room for the ginger beer.
    1 cup crushed ice
  • Add the chilled ginger beer, and garnish with a strawberry and a sprig of mint!
    4 ounces chilled Light Ginger beer


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 123IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

Hi, we are Bruce and Dina Miller. We love to cook every night. We enjoy making a few healthy dishes, and also comfort food. We love crafting cocktails too! Come take a look, we would love to share our recipes with you.


  1. Elizabeth Crissey Reply

    5 stars
    There is nothing better for Mississippi summer weather than this drink!! Perfect for by the pool or dinner with friends! ?

  2. Sarah Baumeister Reply

    5 stars
    I love this one. Everything is summery to me– it’s the perfect brunch cocktail

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply


      Oh thank you so much! We are brunching with you anytime!!!

      Dina and Bruce!

  3. Sharon Reply

    5 stars
    This strawberry Moscow mule was so easy to make and the perfect warm-weather cocktail. The perfect sipper!

  4. Gina Abernathy Reply

    5 stars
    This is screaming summertime cocktail to me. Going on my weekend rotation for “friends” night.

  5. Anjali Reply

    5 stars
    I love a classic moscow mule and this was a fun twist on the traditional version! It was refreshing and delicious!

  6. Kushigalu Reply

    5 stars
    What a refreshing recipe this is. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  7. Sangeetha Reply

    That sounds like a perfect drink for the upcoming summer season! I love the combination of strawberries and mint, and adding it to a classic Moscow Mule is a brilliant idea. I can’t wait to try this recipe out with my friends at our next backyard BBQ!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply


      Thank you! It is a refreshing Summer Drink! Enjoy!

      Dina and Bruce

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