Strawberry-Basil Moscow Mule

The proportions for this drink are designed for a Moscow Mule mug, which is typically 16 ounces. If you don't have a copper mug, you can make it in a regular glass—just make sure it's around 16 ounces for the best results!

This drink is also very good with tequila, should you feel so inclined.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 or 5 strawberries (5 for medium-to-large strawberries, 4 for truly enormous ones)
  • 5 basil leaves
  • 3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • Crushed ice
  • 2 to 3 ounces ginger beer, or to top

Special equipment:


1 Muddle the strawberries and basil: Add strawberries and basil to the bottom of a shaker. Pour the lime juice on top, then muddle them with a muddler or the back of a spoon. Do this enough to gently smoosh the strawberries, but not completely pulverize them.

2 Add the vodka and shake: Add the vodka to the shaker, then the ice. (I find that 4 or 5 large cubes per drink works well.) Cover and shake for about 30 seconds.

3 Strain: Strain directly into a copper mug full of crushed ice or double strain by pouring the drink through a tea strainer, which will catch the finer particles. A single strain is also fine.

4 Add ginger beer: Fill the cup with ginger beer. Drink on a patio in the sunshine!