Coconut-Ginger Moscow mule is a creamy twist on this gingery cocktail.
OK, so this isn’t actually a Moscow Mule at all. It turns out that a mule – also called a “buck” – is a mixed drink with ginger beer and citrus. You can do lots of fun variations on this theme. A Moscow mule is a buck made with vodka. Since vodka comes from Russia, this 50s buck cocktail is called a Moscow Mule
Vodka + lime + ginger beer is by no means the only way that you can mix up a mule of your own. You can basically use any booze you want. They keys here are the ginger and citrus. My remixed Moscow Mule uses ginger and lime plus coconut milk and Thai basil. And rum instead of vodka, because why not?
I’ve heard folks say that a Moscow Mule is overrated and has too many sharp flavors, so this is me trying to round that with some richer flavors on top. I thought it was pretty darn delicious! Maybe we should call this a Thai Buck instead?
I know, I know – a real Moscow Mule comes in a copper mug. If you want to get fancy and get yourself a proper copper cup, go for it! My kitchen has limited space, so I used a metal cup that we got at Mountain Oasis Fest instead.
Coconut-Ginger Moscow Mule
- 1 1/2 ounces light rum
- 1/2 a fresh lime - juiced (Save the juiced parts!)
- 1/4 cup coconut milk - (You want the full-fat kind from the can.)
- 2 tablespoons whole basil leaves - Use Thai basil, if you can find it, otherwise regular basil will do the trick. Save a sprig for garnish, too!
- 1/2 cup ginger beer - (This is a estimate - it will vary depending on your mug size.)
- Muddle together the rum, lime juice, juiced lime pieces, coconut milk, and basil leaves right in your glass.
- Fill the glass with ice, top off with ginger beer, and serve with a sprig of basil as your garnish.