We swear spring and summer really are coming. Put away the Cabernet and mix up one of these refreshing mule-inspired cocktails instead.
Cranberry Moscow Mule
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By definition, mule cocktails are drinks that use ginger ale or ginger beer, citrus juice (typically lime), and vodka. There are many variations on the mule, which can be called "bucks." Start with this simple mule mash-up that adds cranberry juice to the ingredient list for a tart twist to this classic sip.
Get the recipe: Cranberry Moscow Mule
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Apple Ginger Moscow Mule
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You don't have to wait for sundress season to mix this mule. The apple cider makes it perfect for crisp, cooler evenings, too—making this cocktail recipe multiseasonal.
Get the recipe: Apple Ginger Moscow Mule
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Coconut-Lime Moscow Mule
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This revamped version of the classic Moscow mule uses Absolut Lime, which has the citrusy flavor you crave built into the booze—genius! Plus, you can stay hydrated while you drink thanks to the coconut water. The addition of a coconut chunk for garnish makes this the ideal pre-summer sip.
Get the recipe: Coconut-Lime Moscow Mule
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Cherry Moscow Mule
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Strawberry Moscow Mule Float
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How fun is this boozy float? First of all, it's made using homemade strawberry-infused Smirnoff vodka, so you know it's going to be good. But the real thing the sets this mule drink apart is the floater of sherbert on top. Not only does it make this drink super pretty, but when it starts to melt, it turns the cocktail into a slushie.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Moscow Mule Float
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Orange Moscow Mule
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Orange juice adds a refreshing, citrus taste—perfect if you're not too keen on lime-centric cocktails. Top with basil to make your mug stand out and give you a chance to show off your impressive windowsill gardening skills.
Get the recipe: Orange Moscow Mule
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Blackberry Moscow Mule
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Blackberry season starts in late spring, so take advantage of peak picking time and toss a few of these in your drink, along with another spring staple—a sprig of mint. Bonus: Blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits and give a nice dose of vitamin C, too.
Get the recipe: Blackberry Moscow Mule
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Moscow Mule Popsicles
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File this idea under "genius." Take any variation on the mule and turn it into a popsicle—perfect for parties and a lot easier than lugging all the ingredients with you to the beach or pool once summer hits. (Want more boozy treats? Here are fun wine popsicles that turn happy hour into dessert.)
Get the recipe: Moscow Mule Popsicles
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Grilled Pineapple Moscow Mule
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A huge perk of warmer weather? The extra hours of daylight that come with it! It's a perfect excuse to fire up the grill. While you're out there, do some simple prep for this springy drink. Grilled pineapple muddled with pineapple vodka makes this cocktail subtly sweet. Do yourself a favor and grill enough pineapple for a refill—you won't want to stop at just one.
Get the recipe: Grilled Pineapple Moscow Mule
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