blackberry moscow mule

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I honestly didn’t even know exactly what a moscow mule even was, but that didn’t stop me from making a variation of it last weekend. It all started when I saw an email in my inbox a couple weeks ago from Eat Boutique titled Blackberry Moscow Mule and I couldn’t wait to try it for myself. The photos of the cocktail were gorgeous and inspiring, and frankly, just about everything that comes from Eat Boutique is kind of amazing so I had to give it a try.

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Now, thanks to Google, I know what a moscow mule is. In case you are as unfamiliar with it as I was, it’s a cocktail of vodka or gin, mint, and ginger beer. It’s traditionally served in a copper cup, but, if you’re like me and don’t happen to have any lying around, any glass will do. But this special variation has the  wonderful addition of blackberries and lime which makes for a lively and refreshing drink in a beautiful, deep purple hue. Blackberry and lime go together perfectly, making this the perfect drink for the spring that has finally come to Boston, while the ginger beer makes it more interesting and complex. The vodka makes the drink a little more fun, but is added only in moderation so you can easily sip on a couple of these throughout the afternoon.

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Maggie on Eat Boutique points out that this is the perfect drink to make your mom for Mother’s Day, and I think she’s really onto something there. It’s a beautiful drink for a beautiful mom. My own mother deserves not just a lifetime of cocktails served to her on a silver platter, but so much more than I could ever even dream of giving her. Not only did she change my diapers, kiss my booboos, dispel my tantrums, drive me to soccer practice, calm my tears, and put up with my moody adolescence, she taught me to be a better person. She has always been an inspiration to me and she has always, always dropped everything at the drop of a hat if I needed her. Words cannot even begin to express my gratitude for everything she has done for me.

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I have been blessed to have a number of important motherly figures in my life including a caring grandmother, a wonderful mother-in-law, two amazing aunts, and two close family friends who I have always known I could turn to if I needed help. To all the moms of the world, whether official or not, thank you. Thank you for your never ending patience, your compassion, and your strength. You make the world a much better place.

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Blackberry Moscow Mule

Yield: 1 cocktail


  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 2 tablespoons blackberry lime sauce (recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup ginger beer
  • 1 sprig of fresh mint
  • 1 slice of lime


  1. In a copper mug or glass, pour vodka over ice. Add the blackberry lime sauce, top with ginger beer, and stir. Garnish with mint sprig and lime slice.
Blackberry Lime Sauce

Yield: about 2 cups


  • 12 ounces fresh blackberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Purée until very smooth, then press through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds. Cover and refrigerate until needed. Use within three days (or freeze).

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One Response to “blackberry moscow mule”

  • ladonna Says:

    thank you for the yummy recipe! i’ve been in need of one and finally found time to try it! deliciousness~ my picture didn’t turn out half as beautiful as yours, but 100% on the flavor!

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