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It’s a constant internal debate on whether or not the moscow mule or the old-fashioned is my favorite adult drink. On the one hand, you have the spicy, bubbly mule made with ginger beer, herbs and citrus, but on the other you have a warming and full-bodied bourbon cocktail. I mean, how’s a girl to choose?! It’s truly impossible; and seeing as I’ve never been one to pick favorites, we’ll call it a delightful draw. But for now, we’ll focus in on one the two: the moscow mule.

If you’ve never had the chance to try one: a standard moscow mule is simply ginger beer, lime and vodka. As is, it’s absolutely delicious and refreshing. But what I love most about the moscow mule is it’s versatility and blank canvas qualities. You can switch the lime for any type of citrus or fruit, you can add fresh herbs or spices and there are endless amounts of different ginger beers to try. Heck, you can even sub some, or all, of the ginger beer for another spiced carbonated beverage. Kombucha is a great choice. Or if vodka really isn’t your jam, or you don’t have any, you can use just about any other type of liquor.

Corey and I almost always have Q ginger beer on hand, but our stock of liquor, herbs and fruits is always changing. It’s fun to just throw together a new combination of what we have at the moment. One of our favorite herb and citrus mule combinations is lemon and rosemary. I personally love to make lemon rosemary mules with gin, since gin itself has a botanical flavor. But not everyone likes gin and I get that, so while this recipe called for gin, feel free to use vodka or tequila. Ready for the recipe? Let’s get mixing!

moscow mule garnished with lemon and rosemary

Lemon Rosemary Gin Moscow Mule

Citrus, herbs and ginger meet gin to make this refreshing and delicious variation of the Moscow Mule.

Course Drinks
Keyword cocktails, ginger, moscow mule, rosemary
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 2


  • 3 oz gin or vodka
  • 2 springs rosemary
  • 1 lemon
  • 16 oz ginger beer
  • large ice cubes


  1. Fill two copper mugs with large ice cubes.

  2. Add 1.5 oz gin in each mug and a squeeze of lemon juice. Add 8 oz of ginger beer.

  3. Garnish with a lemon slice and a sprig of rosemary.

P.S. If you love rosemary in drinks as much as I do: check out my recipe for rosemary grapefruit champagne cocktails!

Posted in Coffees + Drinks, Holiday, Recipes

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