Pomegranate Moscow Mule
This Pomegranate Moscow Mule is prepared with pure pomegranate juice, lime juice, ginger beer, and vodka.
Friday calls for a cocktail! All that is missing is some cute copper mugs.
Remember when I mentioned that I had recently tried my first Moscow mule, and how I’ve never had an official cocktail? Well, after making these pomegranate Moscow mules and taste-testing far too many of them, I’ve officially decided that Moscow mules are my cocktail.
Why I find that concept to be so exciting, I really have no idea, but I’m genuinely excited. This version has a little fall flair with the addition of tangy pomegranate juice, and the optional (but oh so fun!) lime ginger sugar rim.
By the way, the only reason why I bought (and subsequently photographed) Absolut vcdka to due to my obsession with all of their labels and commercial print ads. Remember those amazing ones from years ago? My older sister has a binder collection full of them. Marketing: 1; Laura: 0.
Anyway, the addition of the pomegranate juice was spontaneous (and a little premature, since the real ones haven’t appeared to hit the stores just yet), but I decided to go with it. Honestly, since Moscow mules are really all about the ginger beer and lime, the pomegranate is not very noticeable in flavor. You could easily substitute it with pure cranberry juice (not cocktail!) and achieve the same effect.
However, it does add the prettiest pink hue to these cocktails, which is great if you’re missing the copper mugs and need to serve these in regular Tom Collins or in my case, mason jar mugs.
The lime ginger sugar rim is made by mixing and infusing granulated sugar with fresh lime zest and grated ginger. I liked the extra dose of lime and ginger flavor, but feel free to skip it! Fresh pomegranate arils would be a great garnish as well!
The most important component of any Moscow mule boils down to the ginger beer. Just like with any traditional beer or wine, they are not all created equal. My first Moscow mule experience happened to be amazing, because the restaurant that I had it at made their own draft ginger beer.
Since draft ginger beer is not on my culinary agenda any time soon, I ended up stumbling across Fever-Tree Premium Ginger Beer at Whole Foods, and couldn’t recommend it more! It has a pronounced and natural ginger flavor, was not overly sweet, and had just enough carbonation.
Pomegranate Moscow Mule
Ginger-Lime Rimming Sugar (Optional):
- ¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar
- zest ½ lime
- ¼ teaspoon freshly grated ginger root
Pomegranate Moscow Mule:
- 2½ ounces (75 mL) 100% pomegranate juice
- 1 ounce (30 mL) vodka
- 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon (40 mL) fresh lime juice plus wedges for serving
- ice cubes
- 6 ounces ginger beer I recommend Fever-Tree brand
- pomegranate arils for garnishing (optional)
- Rimming Sugar: Combine the sugar, zest, and grated ginger in a shallow, wide bowl. Using your fingertips, rub the zest and ginger into the sugar until moist and fragrant. Moisten the rim of the glass with a lime wedge and coat the rim in the sugar.
- Prepare the Moscow Mule: Add the pomegranate juice, vodka, lime juice, and ice cubes to the glass. Top the drink off with ginger beer and stir well. Garnish with lime wedges and fresh pomegranate arils (optional).
31 Comments on “Pomegranate Moscow Mule”
These look delicious. I’m looking for a fall drink recipe for a Halloween party…, do you think this drink would work if multiplied and served out of a punch bowl? Thanks!!
Yes! I definitely think it will work–I wouldn’t mix it together until pretty close to when you plan on serving it though, so that the ginger beer doesn’t lose its carbonation! Let me know how it turns out!
I love ginger beer anything! I recently fell for Bundaberg, which is super gingery and barely sweet, when someone left it at mine after a party. The pomegranate juice here is pure genius, and not premature at all as my mother-in-law’s tree is full of ripe ones! I’ve been wondering what to do with them and now I know. 🙂
Girl, finding your cocktail IS exciting!! It’s like you’re a real live adult or something. Which is just awesome. Someday, I’ll get there. Maybe I just need to Moscow mule more?
Moscow Mules have become all the rage lately. I had never heard of them until recently which is cray considering I was a bartender for, like, a bajillion and one years :/
Beautiful drink. I’ve bookmarked it to try it very soon – I absolutely love pomegranate. Wonderful photography!!
Oh man – love the color of these cocktails! I used to only drink Moscow Mules until I drank one too many one night… I wonder if the added pomegranate might bring back my love for them? Worth a try! Thanks for sharing!
That has happened to me with margaritas!
Ginger beer is the best. I’d say you picked the perfect cocktail to call your own. Love this version!
I can’t say that I’ve ever tried a Moscow mule, but I am intrigued. This looks amazing!
Girrrrl you and I are on the same pomegranate wavelength! I posted a pomegranate bevy yesterday too! Great minds! Ps… why haven’t I had a Moscow mule yet? This needs to happen ASAP!
I loved yours too! Pomegranate juice gives cocktails the best color! Happy belated birthday Laurie!
This is very pretty and looks refreshing and delicious! I have never had a mule, and I am not sure what qualifies a cocktail as a mule! Is this a possibility for your signature cocktail? I am so glad to know about the ginger beer you found, as the Brit ones are easier to find and very good! Cassidy loves ginger beer! And so does Dad! Have never seen these copper cups you talk about!
Such beautiful photography as always!!
Thank you so much Ami!
I’ve never had a moscow mule before – but will be having one soon! This looks great – lovely pictures.
You have to try them! They are so lovely! 🙂 Thank you!
Is it five o’clock yet???? Wishing it was…
I drank these at like 11:00 am in the morning when I was testing the recipe! 😉
I am going to make myself a non-alcoholic version of this!
This is too beautiful. Every shot.
Thank you so, so much! 🙂
Looks like a perfect flavor combo with the limes, ginger, and pom! Pinned!
ok, this is like my fave cocktail.. ever! Love Moscow Mules!!! Had my first one recently here in Madison and loved it! Pinning and can’t wait to make this at home!
THEY ARE SO GOOD!!! Can’t believe they haven’t been around that long! (Or that they only just got popular).
That color! These are perfect for today!
LOVE poms! Can’t wait til they get into the stores! 🙂
I <3 moscow mules. Perfect for Friday, and your pomegranate twist sounds lovely!
Perfect for Friday, I totally agree! Hope you’re having a great weekend Erin!
Friday definitely calls for a cocktail and this one is gorgeous. LOVE!