This light and refreshing Pomegranate Moscow Mule is sweetened with pomegranate juice and spicy ginger beer. The ultimate crowd-pleasing cocktail recipe for entertaining!
With the holiday season among us, I am always on the search for crowd-pleasing cocktail recipes. Moscow mules are very popular, and for good reason! They’re perfectly balanced with just the right amount of sweet and spice. If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I love to experiment with adding more flavor to my mules. Since pomegranates are in season in the winter, I decided to add it to the cocktail for a pop of tartness and beautiful color. Give my Pomegranate Moscow Mule a try at your next party!
- Lime: Tart and acidic flavor that pairs well with the mint and balances out the ginger.
- Mint: Adds some fresh sweetness to the cocktail.
- Pomegranate: Strong tart flavor that has subtle sweet tones, it tastes great with lime.
- Ginger beer: Stronger in flavor than ginger ale, it’s somewhat spicy in taste.
- Club soda: Makes the cocktail nice and bubbly.
- Gin or vodka: The classic mule used vodka, but I find that gin also works well with the cocktail.
How to Make Pomegranate Moscow Mules
Start your Pomegranate Moscow Mule by cutting your limes into wedges and adding them to a tall pitcher or cocktail shaker. Then add your fresh mint sprigs.
Then using a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon, muddle the mint and lime wedges to release all of the natural oils and flavor.
Next pour in your vodka or gin.
And finish with the pomegranate juice. Stir to infuse all the flavors.
Next take your copper mugs filled with ice and pour the pomegranate mixture evenly into each.
Then top each glass off with ginger beer and club soda.
Garnish with pomegranate seeds, mint, and lime wedges, then serve and enjoy your Pomegranate Moscow Mules!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the difference between a Moscow mule and a Kentucky mule?
The main difference is the kind of alcohol used. A Moscow mule is usually made with vodka or gin, and a Kentucky mule will use bourbon or whiskey.
What are mules usually made of?
The classic Moscow mule is typically made simply with vodka, lime, and ginger beer.
Can I make this drink into a mocktail?
To make this Moscow mule into a mocktail, simply omit the vodka or gin, and replace it with club soda or additional ginger beer!
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This Pomegranate Moscow Mule is the perfectly balanced holiday cocktail that will have your guests begging for the recipe.
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Pomegranate Moscow Mule
- 2 limes (halved and quartered)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ¼ cup mint leaves
- 6 ounces gin or vodka
- 4 ounces pomegranate juice
- 12 ounces ginger beer
- 8 ounces club soda
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds (optional garnish)
- Place lime wedges, sugar and mint leaves in a large pitcher and carefully mash together using a muddler. Add gin, pomegranate juice, ginger beer, and club soda and stir well. Divide between four glasses filled with ice. Garnish with extra lime, mint, and pomegranate seeds before serving.
The ‘Moscow’ in Moscow Mule represents the vodka that is used to make the drink. If you’re making it with gin, I think Pomegranate Mule will suffice, or better, a Pomegranate Gin Buck, which is most accurate.
Further, I’m not sure I understand the soda. If you want to dilute the ginger beer snappiness, then just use ginger ale instead which has less bite. If you want it to be more effervescent, then just use ginger ale instead which has more carbonation. What I’m trying to say is, you’d save yourself an unnecessary ingredient by just using ginger ale here instead of both ginger beer and soda. If you’re trying to watch calories or something, you can get a pretty decent substitute with just club soda, a splash of Coke, and a dash of bitters.
Also, you might consider skipping the store-bought pomegranate juice. A medium-sized pomegranate gives you about 4-6 ounces of juice. Peel the rind, put the seeds in with your limes, and muddle.
Great tips Nick!
I had to improvise a bit with some ingredients as we don’t sell everything in the Netherlands, but it was delicious and I think the real version as described here would be even more delicious!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!!