It’s Friday and it’s summer which means cocktail time! Super summery cocktail time involving one of my favorite adult beverages. A mule! It’s super trendy to put herbs in cocktails, and I know I’m pretty late to the game, but I lovvved this combo.
The sweet blueberries mixed with the fresh basil and ginger flavors is SO amazing. I like to put basil in pretty much everything in the summer, so I figured why not a cocktail? SO glad I did it.
It starts with a super easy simple syrup. All you have to do is boil water, blueberries, and a little sugar until dissolved, then throw in some basil leaves at the end to infuse in the sweet goodness.
The basil is definitely not overpowering here AT ALL. It just adds a little note of “what is that I’m tasting?”.
The ginger beer has such a distinct and strong flavor that it works perfectly with these to make them not seem too “herby”.
How do you guys feel about ginger? I personally can’t get enough of it.
This cocktail recipe can easily be multiplied, but I’d double or triple the simple syrup if you’re making these for a crowd. (Which you definitely should).
Cheers to Friday and summer nights! (Or days. I won’t judge.)
Blueberry Basil Moscow Mules
These blueberry basil moscow mules are a summery take on the classic mule! Fruity, fresh, and slightly herby. These will be your new favorite cocktail!
For the blueberry basil simple syrup
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 4-5 large basil leaves
For the mules
- handful of blueberries
- 1 basil leaf
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 ounce blueberry basil simple syrup
- 2-3 ounces ginger beer
- extra basil leaves for garnish
- extra blueberries for garnish
- lime wedges for garnish
Begin by making the simple syrup. Bring water, blueberries, and sugar to a boil and stir until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in basil leaves. Let cool completely.
To make the cocktail, add a small handful of blueberries and 1 basil leaf to a glass. Muddle the blueberries and basil until fragrant and juicy. Fill the glass with crushed ice.
Add a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker. Add the vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup and shake for 30 seconds. Pour into the glass and top with the ginger beer. Garnish with a few basil leaves, blueberries, and a lime wedge or two. Enjoy!
*Makes enough simple syrup for more than one mule (around 4-5 total)
All my favorite flavors! You didn’t mention smashing the berries in the simple syrup or straining?
Spices in My DNA
I usually leave them in there for extra blackberry flavor! It is totally up to you 🙂 Let me know if you try them!