Pineapple Moscow Mule and Other Tropical Mules



Table of Contents

    1. Orange Pineapple Moscow Mule
    2. Dunmore Pineapple Moscow Mule
    3. Spicy Pineapple Cilantro Moscow Mule
    4. Piña Colada Moscow Mule
    5. Virgin Pina Colada Moscow Mule
    6. Smoky Pineapple Moscow Mule
    7. Pineapple Ginger Moscow Mule
    1. Passion Fruit Moscow Mule
    2. Guava Moscow Mule
    3. Watermelon Moscow Mule
    4. Watermelon Mint MM
    5. Lychee Moscow Mule
    6. Mango Moscow Mule
    7. Hansen’s Green Mango Mule
    8. Strawberry Mango Moscow Mule
    9. Tropical Moscow Mule
    10. Frozen Moscow Mule
    11. Coconut Ginger Moscow Mule
    12. Mahiki Coconut Mule
    13. Coconut Moscow Mule
    14. Maui Moscow Mule
    15. Maui Moscow Unicorn Mule



Moscow Mules have been a favorite among cocktail drinkers that it had transcended borders and spirits. From the classic recipe of vodka, lime juice and ginger beer, it has evolved to using different spirits - tequila, rum, whiskey - and now, it crossed borders to the tropical side.

As the summer is approaching, cold drinks are very nice to look forward to on quiet nights like this when movement is limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Pineapples are about the most popular tropical fruits because not only is it delicious, it is also very healthy and versatile to use. It can be eaten raw, made into juices, jams, flavorings and others. Here, pineapple juice is used to give a refreshing taste to the classic Moscow Mule.

Nutritional Facts

Most of the calories from this cocktail comes from the pineapple juice, especially if using canned juice with added sugar. 

Calories - 352.0 Kcal

Calories from fat - 0.0 Kcal

Total Fat - 0.0 g

Cholesterol - 0 g

Sodium - 159.0 mg

Total Carbs - 64.0 g

Fibers - 3.0 g

Sugars - 56.0 g

Protein - 1.0 g

Tools Required To Make The Drink

  • Shot glass - a small glass, usually 1 - 2 oz, used to serve shots
  • Jigger - a bar tool used to measure the ingredients for cocktails
  • Boston shaker - a bar tool composed of two tins, or a glass and a tin part, used to shake and chill cocktail ingredients
  • Copper mug - best bar glass to use in serving the Moscow Mule

Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Fill a copper mug with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, pineapple juice, and lime juice. 
  3. Top with ginger beer and stir.
  4. Garnish with a pineapple wedge, a ginger crystallized candy and mint sprigs. 

Recipe Variations

Here are a few variations of the pineapple Moscow Mule that you must try. 

Orange Pineapple Moscow Mule

Treat your senses with the aroma and flavors of orange and pineapples in this lovely tropical Moscow Mule. The ginger beer used here has no sugar but if you want the real thing in the ginger beer, swap the store-bought juices with fresh ones for lesser sugar content. 


INGREDIENTS

Steps to make

  1. Combine the vodka, lime juice, orange juice, and pineapple juice in a large pitcher. 
  2. Stir to combine and chill for 2 hours or until ready to serve.
  3. Fill copper mugs with the Mule mix and top each glass off with ginger beer.

Dunmore Pineapple Moscow Mule

Why limit yourself with vodka when Moscow Mule can really be made with other liquors. Here, whiskey is added and instead of plain vodka, pineapple vodka is used. 

You can make your own pineapple-infused vodka by steeping a few pineapple slices in vodka in a covered jar for a week. Strain the vodka to remove all remains of the pineapple. Voila! You have your homemade pineapple vodka. 


Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a copper mug.
  2. Garnish with a slice of baked pineapple skin and pineapple fronds. 

Spicy Pineapple Cilantro Moscow Mule

This spicy Moscow Mule is not for the faint-hearted. Although if you want a spicier version, you can always use the spicy ginger beer like the Brooklyn Crafted Extra Spicy Ginger Beer or using a spicier chili pepper instead of the jalapeño.  


Ingredients for 4 servings

  • 3 cups pineapple chunks
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons C&H Cane Sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups vodka
  • Ice for serving
  • 2 cups Fever-Tree Ginger Beer
  • Lime slices, fresh mint, and diced pineapple, for garnish

Steps to make

  1. Make the puree
    1. Combine the pineapple, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, sugar and water. 
    2. Puree until very smooth then strain through a fine-mesh sieve, discarding any solids and keeping only the smooth puree.
  2. To make the cocktail
    1. Combine 1 cup of the puree with the vodka in a large shaker filled with ice and shake until frosty. 
    2. Strain evenly into four Moscow Mule mugs or cocktail glasses filled with ice.
    3. Pour 1/2 cup ginger beer into each mug. 
    4. Garnish with lime, a few pineapple chunks, and a sprig or two of mint.

Piña Colada Moscow Mule

Sky is really the limit when it comes to Moscow Mules. Swap the coconut milk in your piña colada with the ginger beer for a cocktail upgrade you will love. 


Ingredients for 2 servings

Steps to make

  1. Combine rum, lime juice and pineapple juice in two copper mugs filled with ice, stir. 
  2. Top each with ginger beer. 
  3. Garnish with a lime slice, a Maraschino cherry, and a pineapple wedge.

Virgin Pina Colada Moscow Mule

For some reason you cannot drink. Worry not, you can still enjoy your favorite cocktail without the guilt. Swap the coconut rum with coconut water and you’re good to go. Non-alcoholic pineapple Moscow Mule that will keep you coming back for more. 


Ingredients for 2 servings

Steps to make

  1. Combine coconut water, lime juice and pineapple juice in two glasses filled with ice, stir. 
  2. Top each with ginger beer. 
  3. Garnish with a lime slice, a Maraschino cherry, and a pineapple wedge.

Smoky Pineapple Moscow Mule

Take your pineapple Moscow Mule to the next level of spiciness by adding some spice and smokiness to it. Who knew your favorite buffalo wing sauce can liven up your favorite cocktail?


Ingredients:

Steps to make

  1. In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients except ice and garnishes and stir until combined.
  2. Pour Moscow Mule in 6 glasses filled with ice. 
  3. Garnish with pineapple slice, lime wedge and a sprig of mint.

Pineapple Ginger Moscow Mule

Why settle for the ordinary when you can definitely take it to the next level. The fizz of the sparkling ginger pineapple beverage ties the whole Moscow Mule thing while each liquor, the pineapple vodka and the ginger brandy blend so well to give a new character to your classic favorite.


Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, brandy, lime juice, two pineapple wedges, and a sprig of mint. 

Tropical Moscow Mules

Here are some tropical Moscow Mules that you might want to try. Our favorite here is the Watermelon Mint Moscow Mule. refreshing without being overwhelming!

Passion Fruit Moscow Mule

Throw in some surprise in your Moscow Mule by adding some passion fruit nectar. Bombard your senses with the aroma and flavor that will transport you to the beaches. 


Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Fill a shaker with ice. 
  2. Add vodka, St. Germaine, lime juice and passion fruit nectar.
  3. Shake well for 8-10 seconds.
  4. Fill a copper mug with ice.
  5. Strain the cocktail and pour into the copper mug.
  6. Top with ginger beer. 
  7. Garnish with a lemon juice and mint leaves. 

Guava Moscow Mule 

Another tropical fruit that is surprisingly good for the Moscow Mule are guavas. Be sure to remove all seeds before adding the cubed flesh into your cocktail. You can also use guava puree if fresh guava is not available. 


Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Fill a copper mug with the vodka and lime juice.
  2. Cut the guava flesh into small cubes. 
  3. Add into the copper mug and stir. 
  4. Add ice.
  5. Top with ginger beer.

Watermelon Moscow Mule 

Summer is not complete without the watermelon. Known for its delightfully refreshing taste and  watery flesh, it also makes a good addition to the Moscow Mule. Combined with raspberries, this is a lovely cocktail to enjoy while you lounge in your patio or backyard porch. 


Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Muddle the raspberries in a cocktail shaker
  2. Add the watermelon juice, lime juice, and vodka into the shaker.
  3. Add ice and shake well. 
  4. Strain into a copper mug filled with ice.
  5. Top with ginger beer. 

Watermelon Mint MM 

The combination of the watermelon and mint really took this Moscow Mule to a whole new level. We love the refreshing minty aroma and the smooth taste of the watermelon in this lovely tropical cocktail. 


Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Muddle together 3 watermelon slices and 3 mint  leaves in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the lime juice and vodka.
  3. Add ice and shake.
  4. Strain into a copper mug filled with ice.
  5. Top with ginger beer.
  6. Garnish with a lime wedge, mint leaves, and skewered watermelon cubes. 

Lychee Moscow Mule 

Lychee may not be one of your favorite fruits due to its aroma but it definitely sweetens this Moscow Mule. Loaded with dietary fibers, it is actually very good for your digestive tract. So, go ahead, drink up all that muddled lychee. 


Ingredients:

Steps to make

  1. Drop 3 lychees and mint leaves into a shaker.
  2. Add lychee syrup from the canned lychees.
  3. Add ice and vodka.
  4. Shake well.
  5. Transfer into a pilsner glass.
  6. Top with ginger beer and enjoy.  

Mango Moscow Mule

Another favorite for cocktails is the mango. The combination of the cucumber, mango, and ginger is sure to energize you and calm your stomach. Good to consume with a heavy meal. 


Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp ginger strips
  • ½ c cucumber slices
  • ½ tbsp honey mixed with 1 tbsp hot water
  • ½ c mango puree

Steps to make

  1. Add 3-4 ice cubes into 2 pilsner glasses
  2. Muddle together the ginger strips and cucumber slices in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Add ice into the shaker.
  4. Add the honey mixed with hot water into the shaker.
  5. Add the mango puree and ice.
  6. Shake well. 
  7. Drain the water from the pilsner glasses.
  8. Strain the cocktail into the pilsner glasses. 
  9. Garnish with cucumber strips, mint leaves and ginger strips. 

Hansen’s Green Mango Mule

Give your mango Moscow Mule with a little taste of Indian tradition by adding some green mango murabba. The good thing is that the leftover murabba makes a good addition to your sandwiches, pancakes and pastries.


Ingredients

For the green mango murabba

  • 1 c green mango, cut into thin strips
  • 1 ½  c sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

For the cocktail

Steps to make

  1. Make the green mango murabba
    1. In a saucepan, add the mango strips and sugar.
    2. Cook in low heat, stirring constantly.
    3. Add the lemon juice when the murabba is slightly thick.
    4. Continue cooking until the syrup has evaporated and the murabba has thickened just enough.
  2. Make the cocktail
    1. Add 1 tbsp green mango murabba into a cocktail shaker.
    2. Add the vodka, lime juice and ice cubes.
    3. Shake well.
    4. Strain into a serving glass.
    5. Top with Hansen’s ginger ale.
    6. Garnish with a slice of green mango and fresh butterfly pea flower. 

Strawberry Mango Moscow Mule 

The combination of strawberries, pineapple, and mango in this Moscow Mule is something you’ll look forward to. Create new memories as you share this cocktail with your friends or spouse. 


Ingredients

  • 4 oz Svedka Mango Pineapple Vodka
  • 2 oz strawberry puree
  • 12 oz Bundaberg Ginger Beer
  • fresh limes and fresh mint for garnish

Steps to make

  1. Puree fresh strawberries in a blender
  2. Fill copper mugs with crushed ice. 
  3. Add Mango Pineapple Vodka and strawberry puree. 
  4. Top with ginger beer. Stir well.
  5. Garnish with fresh lime and mint. 

Tropical Moscow Mule

Here’s another cocktail where you can use your coconut rum that has been shelved for some time now. Whip it up into this lovely tropical Moscow Mule cocktail. 


Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a copper mug and serve with lots of crushed ice.

Frozen Moscow Mule

What is more refreshing than a frozen Moscow Mule? Spoon it instead of sipping it. Just be sure to take it slow or you know, the head-splitting brain freeze may follow. 


Ingredients

Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger peeled/sliced

Frozen Moscow Mule:

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 6 oz Fever-Tree Ginger Beer
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp simple syrup
  • 1/2 lime zest organic
  • 4 cups ice

Steps to make

  1. For Ginger Simple Syrup:
    1. Place items in a small saucepan.
    2. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves.
    3. Remove from heat and let sit for 20 minutes.
    4. Strain, cover and chill.
  2. For Frozen Moscow Mule:
    1. Place all ingredients into the blender in the order listed and secure lid.
    2. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Coconut Ginger Moscow Mule

Did you really think that coconut milk can only be used in piña coladas? Well, it’s not because it makes a delightfully rich and creamy Moscow Mule. 


Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Muddle together the rum, lime juice, juiced lime pieces, coconut milk, and basil leaves right in your copper mug.
  2. Fill the mug with ice, top off with ginger beer.
  3. Serve with a sprig of basil as your garnish.

Mahiki Coconut Mule

Here’s another cocktail that you can whip up in less than 1 minute with no shaking needed. Just add up everything into a glass and give it a stir. You’ll love this cocktail delightfully delicious.  


Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Mix everything in a glass.
  2. Add ice and stir. 
  3. Garnish with the rind of the lime.

Coconut Moscow Mule

Yet another cocktail to enjoy your coconuts. Enjoy the tropical aroma of coconuts in the coconut vodka used in this Coconut Moscow Mule. 


Ingredients

Steps to make

  1. Using a copper mug add your coconut vodka, and lime juice. 
  2. Stir together until fully mixed.
  3. Once combined fill your mug all the way up with ice. 
  4. Top the rest off with ginger beer. 
  5. Stir to combine and serve with a lime wedge on the rim.

Maui Moscow Mule

Have a blast in this color-changing Moscow Mule made with ice with some butterfly pea flower tea. The alkaline tea reacts with the acidic vodka and lime juice so the cocktail changes its color. Add more butterfly tea for a more vibrant purple color.  


Ingredients

Blue Crushed Ice

  • Liquid butterfly pea flower extract
  • Cold water

For the Cocktail

  • 1 1/2 ounces Kinky Pink vodka liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3 ounces Fever-Tree Ginger Beer
  • Crushed ice
  • Lime wedges for garnish
  • Cubed mango for garnish

Steps to make

  1. Make the blue ice
    1. Add 4-5 drops of liquid butterfly pea flower extract to each ice cube square in a tray. 
    2. Fill with water & freeze. 
    3. Crush just before using.
  2. Assemble the cocktail
    1. In a cocktail shaker filled halfway with crushed ice, combine KINKY vodka, KINKY liqueur, and lime juice. 
    2. Shake for 30 seconds.
    3. Fill a clear mule mug with crushed ice. 
    4. Strain vodka mixture into glass. 
    5. Top with ginger beer. 
    6. Add a layer of crushed blue ice. 
    7. Garnish with fresh mango and lime wedges.

Maui Moscow Unicorn Mule

Last on the list is the non-alcoholic color-changing Moscow Mule. Now you can serve the same cocktail to your non-drinking guests without the others noticing the difference. The trick will be to serve it in the same glasses as the alcoholic ones but garnish it differently so the difference is more subtle. 


Ingredients

  •  Pink Lemonade
  •  Hansen’s Ginger Ale
  •  Fresh lemon or lime juice
  •  Crushed blue ice
  •  Lemon or Lime wedges for garnish
  •  Cubed mango for garnish
  •  Crushed ice
  •  Fresh Mint for garnish

Steps to make

  1. To make the blue ice
    1. Add 4-5 drops of liquid butterfly pea flower extract to each ice cube square in a tray. 
    2. Fill with water & freeze.  
    3. Crush just before using.
  2. Assemble the cocktail
    1. Fill a goblet with crushed ice. 
    2. Pour ¾ full of pink lemonade. 
    3. Top with ginger ale. 
    4. Squeeze half a fresh lemon on top 
    5. Add a layer of  the crushed blue ice.
    6. Garnish with fresh mango, mint, and lemon wedge. 

Foods That Pairs Well with Pineapple Moscow Mule

We chose these recipes because they go well with pineapple and vodka which are the dominant flavors in the Pineapple Moscow Mule. 

Chinese Braised Duck


Braised duck is a good choice to pair with the Pineapple Moscow Mule because they complement each other. 

Fish and Calamari Burger


Give a modern twist to fish and fries by going fish and calamari and making them into a burger. This burger makes a filling pair for pineapple moscow mule so you don’t feel the aftereffects of too much alcohol the morning after. 

Grilled Stuffed Squid


This Filipino-style grilled stuffed squid makes a lovely companion to tropical moscow mules. The umami combination of tomatoes and onions and spiced with some green peppers give just the right kick to go with the vodka in your favorite tropical cocktail. 

Pineapple Chicken


What else goes better with pineapple but pineapple? Love the combination of the peppers and the chicken cooked in pineapple juice for that tenderly sweet and sour dish that is perfect for your tropical Moscow Mule. 

Churros and Hot Chocolate


Chocolate surprisingly pairs well with pineapples. Churros may be of Spanish origin but the rich flavor of the buttery churros and sweet, creamy chocolate sauce evens out the acidity of the Moscow Mule which is a good take off point for pairing foods and drinks. 

FAQs

Why is a Moscow Mule called a Moscow Mule?

Probably the closest reference to why it is called Moscow Mule is the vodka in the cocktail as vodka is known to be a Russian liquor. Moscow was the more known city in Russia during the early 40s when the cocktail was created. The mule was speculated to have been added as the ginger beer promises a kick of flavor. 

Do you chill Moscow Mule mugs?

While it is not necessary to chill the Moscow Mule before using, it helps to hasten the chilling of the drinks and keep it cold for longer. 

Can you serve Moscow Mule in a glass instead of a copper mug?

Yes, Moscow Mule can be served in any glass but the most common glasses used are highball or Collins glasses.

Are Moscow Mule mugs good for coffee?

No, copper mugs are not recommended for hot drinks.

Do copper mugs make Moscow Mules taste better?

There are a few considerations as to why the copper mug is the better choice when serving a Moscow Mule. One of the reasons is that it keeps the cocktail cold for longer because of the conductivity of the copper. It keeps the warmth from your hand from warming the cocktail by serving as an insulator.

As carbonation or the bursting of the fizz in your drink has been proven to heighten the aroma and flavor of the cocktail, the cold copper mug prevents the loss of the fizziness longer.

Conclusion

There you go! Pineapple and other tropical Moscow Mules that will make your summer parties more delightful and lovely. 

However, if you don’t feel like whipping up a cocktail, especially if you are alone, you can go for the canned version of the Moscow Mule. Here’s a selection of canned Moscow Mules for your summer nights in. 

Feel like partying but need some help? Read on for some summer party tips. You may want to surprise your guests with some boozy pop cocktails that are fat-free and vegan-friendly. Even if you are not within their store area, they deliver all over the US and Canada. It’s one way to add more life to your parties without a sweat.


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