Sugar and Spice Moscow Mule

Sugar and Spice Moscow MuleA little sweet, a little spice but a whole lot of nice. That’s what you’re going to end up with when you make this unique cocktail creatively (ahem) called the Sugar and Spice Mule.


  • 5 Cardamom pods
  • 1/2 c. Water
  • 1/2 c. Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Fresh grated ginger
  • 1 c. Sparkling water
  • Handful of crushed ice
  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Lime juice + Lime slice (garnish)
  • Ground cardamom


  1. Remove the cardamom seeds from the pods and grind, discarding pods.
  2. Place water & sugar in a saucepan, cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Add ginger and cardamom seeds and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Let the syrup cool to room temperature.
  5. Pour through a fine mesh strainer, add the sparkling water and refrigerate.
  6. Load up your copper mug with ice.
  7. Pour in vodka, lime juice and chilled syrup.
  8. Drop in the lime slice and sprinkle a little cardamom on top.
  9. Sit back and enjoy this delicious drink!

Pro tips:

  • Sugar and Spice Moscow MuleMany of the recipes call for adding in twists like fruit. When mixing a drink that calls for, say, blueberries, peaches or apples, use a stronger Ginger Beer (like Fever Tree or Q Ginger Beer) for a more pronounced ginger flavor and less fruitiness. However, add more fruit than the recipe calls for and a lighter Ginger Beer (from a brand like Cock & Bull or Reed’s) if you want the fruit to stand out and the ginger flavor in the background. Stronger Ginger Beers have a tendency to override fruits and spices in these funked out Mules. You’re welcome. 🙂
  • If you have copper mugs, store them or put them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before party time…keeps your drink colder even longer.
  • With any recipe, the better the ingredients, the better its going to taste…its a “garbage in, garbage out” thing and the Moscow Mule isn’t any different. When possible, use higher quality spirits (e.g. Tito’s, Smirnoff, Kettle One), ginger beer (as mentioned, Fever Tree & Q are great) and fresh in-season fruits.
  • If a recipe calls for a fruit, you can muddle it in, add a couple ounces of it as a puree (toss it into the blender for 30 seconds) or both.
  • Most ginger beers are naturally sweet and balance well with the acidic lime flavors. However, some Moscow Mule recipes call for simple syrup so depending on your sweet tooth, the syrup might not be necessary. If you see a Mule recipe calling for it, try it without the sweetener first to gauge sweetness level then if needed, add the simple syrup. If your Mule turns out too sweet, “cut” it with an extra half of a lime (though more spirits can do the trick). 😉

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Sugar and Spice Moscow Mule