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Muddled blackberries, lime, vodka, and ginger beer. Be still my Monday-weary heart.

Blackberry Moscow Mule

Happy Monday! May I interest you in some vodka?

Wait…what? Don’t try to tell me you weren’t thinking the same thing.

But really…wouldn’t Mondays be just a little less difficult to get through if we all took some time for happy hour? It doesn’t have to be for a cocktail, if that isn’t your thing; I would happily (read: exuberantly) drop everything on a Monday afternoon for pie happy hour. Or ice cream happy hour. Or burrito happy hour…

You get the idea.

But this week, when we were teased with a taste of warm weather over the weekend only to be thrown back to jackets, close-toed shoes, and a snowflake icon on my Weather Channel app (curse you, Weather Channel!), this is what I want for my imaginary mandatory Monday happy hour: a Moscow Mule kissed with blackberries.

Muddled blackberries and lime

Sidebar: I realize that I’m probably going to get comments telling me that I cannot-how-dare-you-even-think-of-it-oh-the-horror call this drink a “Moscow Mule” when it is not served in a copper mug and I adulterate it with blackberries. To those people I would like to say: Buy me a set of copper mugs and I will gladly reshoot this recipe. Also, I like blackberries. That is all.

I’m glad we had this talk.

As with any cocktail, feel free to play with the recipe ratio based on your personal preferences. Add a little more vodka for a stronger drink, throw in a few more blackberries or more lime for a fruitier one. I personally like making my drinks with Tito’s Vodka, but use whatever you like best. And no, they did not pay me to say that – I just happen to genuinely like their vodka. It’s incredibly smooth; even vodka-hating Boyfriend doesn’t mind it. But, should you be absolutely anti-vodka, try swapping in some gin instead. This time of year, when blackberries are just starting to come into their own, you’d be hard-pressed to do wrong here.

Happy Monday, y’all. Cheers!

Moscow Mule with Muddled Blackberries

Blackberry Moscow Mule
 
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Yield: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 4-5 fresh blackberries
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 1-2 ounces vodka
  • Ginger beer
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. In your favorite cocktail glass, muddle the blackberries and one lime wedge. Add 2-3 ice cubes, then pour in the vodka and top with ginger beer. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge. Enjoy!

19 Comments

  1. I’d like some vodka please. Thank you!!! But seriously, I actually could have used a nice relaxing drink at about 10am this morning. Monday’s are absolutely insane. I think I’d be able to settle for a happy hour drink though, and THIS is the perfect refreshing end to the day.

  2. Mondays are definitely sweeter with a cocktail. Moscow Mules are one of my faves and I looove the muddled blackberries! Tasty, tasty my dear!

  3. Yum, yum, yum! I will not complain about the lack of copper here… I will tell you the copper mugs from Bed, Bath, and Beyond are pretty cheap. Aaaaand you know you have a 20% off coupon somewhere! But you KNOW Moscow Mules are my jam! I love the blackberries!

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