This fresh Mint Watermelon Moscow Mule will be your new go-to summer cocktail with the perfect combination of sweet fruit, fresh lime juice, spicy ginger beer and a touch of mint!
REFRESHING MINT WATERMELON MOSCOW MULES!
When I started crafting my summer Moscow mules list for the site, watermelon had to make it on there, of course! I mean, you can’t have a summer picnic without fresh watermelon!
Now, I’m just taking that fresh watermelon and using it in my favorite summer cocktail – a Moscow mule!
This fresh watermelon Moscow mule is sweet, juicy and refreshing! A fun twist on the classic Moscow mule recipe with the addition of muddled watermelon and mint!
My husband was definitely a little wary when I said I was adding mint into the mix with the watermelon, lime, and ginger beer. However, I love the pop of flavor it adds to the cocktail.
Fresh mint brings a cooling effect to the flavor that makes it all the more refreshing on a warm summer day!
However, don’t like mint? Just skip the addition. You will still have a delicious watermelon Moscow mule either way!
HOW TO MAKE WATERMELON MOSCOW MULES
Here is the quick run down for making a watermelon Moscow mule! I will provide further details below in regards to muddling the watermelon and clapping the mint.
- Muddle your mint and your fresh watermelon at the bottom of your copper mug.
- Add ice, fresh lime juice, vodka, diet ginger beer.
- Smack your mint garnish before adding to the top and enjoy!
If you are looking for more detailed tips and tricks for making Moscow mules or more fun flavored recipes, make sure you check out my post on HOW TO MAKE A MOSCOW MULE!
WHY AND HOW TO MUDDLE WATERMELON?
When I make watermelon Moscow mules, I like to rely on fresh watermelon for a lot of the taste and flavor because it is such an easy fruit to muddle.
So your first step will be muddling fresh cubes of watermelon in the bottom of the glass. This is easiest with an actual muddler from a bar set.
Muddling the watermelon will essentially squeeze out the fresh watermelon juice to be incorporated into the cocktail and break down the watermelon itself into the drink as well.
The result is a really fresh tasting watermelon cocktail you will love!
You can also increase the watermelon flavor by adding watermelon vodka if you find it in store.
WHY AND HOW TO SMACK MINT?
Muddling your mint with the watermelon will extract the oils from the mint leaf and therefore extract the flavor into your cocktail. The result is cooling and refreshing.
However, I also love getting the full aromatic benefit of the mint by adding a mint sprig to the top of the drink as a garnish as well. When adding as a garnish, I always smack my mint first.
Smacking the mint between your hands is doing something similar to the muddling process; it’s helping to release the oils from the mint so we can smell and taste it!
Adding the smacked mint to the top of this Mint Watermelon Moscow Mule will definitely give it an extra pop for your guests.
If you aren’t a huge fan of the mint flavor, you could avoid muddling the mint into the drink itself and just add as the garnish for the aroma and pretty pop of color!
HELPFUL ITEMS FOR MAKING RASPBERRY MOSCOW MULES:
While making Moscow mules doesn’t require a lot of special tools, I highly suggest having a basic bar set on hand with a jigger and muddler.
It is a LOT easier to muddle mint and watermelon with an actual muddler than a random kitchen item around the house.
Other than that, you might want to serve up your watermelon Moscow mules in the traditional copper mugs. They don’t necessarily keeping your drink colder than other glassware as originally believed but they are pretty!
Here are my suggestions:
HAND HAMMERED 100% COPPER MUGS: This is probably my favorite set because in addition to coming with 4 hand hammered copper mugs, it also includes matching straws and shot glass! They are strong, sturdy and beautiful! Plus it comes with a limited edition brass handle!
3 PIECE BAR SET: If you are going to make simple cocktails, this is my favorite bar set. It has a jigger, a muddler, and a trident cocktail stirrer. This last one means it has a mini “spoon” shape on one end like a traditional stirrer and a forked shape on the other.
LARGE BAR SET: If you are going to be getting into more sophisticated cocktail recipes, including anything that needs to be shaken or strained, than I suggest upgrading to the full bar set. I love having everything on hand. You never know when you want to try something new!
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY THESE OTHER MOSCOW MULES:
- CLASSIC MOSCOW MULE RECIPE
- FROZEN MOSCOW MULE SLUSHIES
- RASPBERRY MOSCOW MULE
- PEACH MOSCOW MULE
- PINEAPPLE MOSCOW MULE
- MINT WATERMELON MOSCOW MULE
- CRANBERRY TANGERINE LEMONADE MOSCOW MULE
IS IT TIME TO ENJOY THIS REFRESHING MINT WATERMELON MOSCOW MULE?
- 1/3 cup of chopped watermelon to muddle or puree
- Fresh mint leaf to muddle; more for garnish if desired
- 1.5 ounces original or watermelon vodka (1 large jigger)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (about a quarter of or half a lime)
- 4 ounces Diet Ginger Beer
- Muddle fresh watermelon and mint at the bottom of the mug. Or muddle the mint alone and add pureed watermelon from a blender.
- Fill your copper mug or glass in a similar size with ice.
- Add your vodka.
- Squeeze fresh lime juice into mug and toss the lime remnant into mug.
- Top off with ginger beer; about 4 ounces. Stir.
- Smack your mint to garnish and enjoy!
DO I HAVE TO USE FRESH WATERMELON FOR THIS COCKTAIL RECIPE?
Using fresh watermelon in this watermelon Moscow mule makes the biggest impact in terms of using fresh fruit, especially when quickly muddled.
You can also use watermelon vodka instead of fresh watermelon or in addition for even stronger flavor.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 6mg Carbohydrates: 13g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 7g Protein: 1g