Spicy Jalapeno Basil Moscow Mule

When the weather heats up, this twist on a Moscow mule with a mix of jalapeno, basil, lime juice, ginger beer, and spicy pepper vodka over ice is one of my new favorites.  This mixed drink is spicy, aromatic, and cool all at once.  Trust me, it is a perfect cocktail once you try it and if you have had an angry mule you will love this one.  The Absolut Peppar vodka is the best-flavored vodka for a spicy Moscow mule.

When it all comes together, it pleases all the senses. At first, you take in the scent of the ginger and the fresh basil.  Then as you sip, the kick from the spicy vodka and jalapenos hits the palate and then everything cools down thanks to the ice.  I knew this would be mouthwatering but it really turned out better than I had hoped – which may be dangerous! This alcoholic drink is one of the best ginger beer vodka cocktail recipes you can make.


Spicy Jalapeno Basil Moscow Mule
Spicy Jalapeno Basil Moscow Mule

Why I Created This Moscow Mule Recipe

My neighbor has made a spicy martini for us a few times during some memorable neighborhood happy hours.  It is always soooooo good.  I wanted to attempt a similar version but as a mule.  The addition of ice and ginger beer was my attempt to make it more refreshing on a really hot day.  We do not get much humidity here in California but for those in that sort of climate, this would be wonderful.

Oh who am I kidding, I also wanted to make a cocktail I could take with me to the new pool club we joined this summer.  I felt sitting out there with a martini glass would be a bit hoity-toity – I mean who do I think I am?!? Haha – so a mule version I can get into a sports bottle to keep iced, now that is what I am talking about.  Yes, moms drink at the pool club – it is a judgment-free zone, right!?

Why This Moscow Mule is Unique & Refreshing

  • Spicy from jalapenos and pepper vodka
  • Bright and citrusy from the lime juice
  • Sweet and aromatic from the fresh basil
  • Sweet, spicy, and refreshing all from the ginger beer
  • Cool from the ice

spicy jalapeno moscow mule

Ingredients for a Moscow Mule

You need to start off with fresh ingredients when it comes to limes, jalapenos, and basil. Please do not use bottled lime juice; fresh squeezed is best.  This calls for fresh basil and jalapenos, not jarred pickled jalapenos.

When it comes to the ginger beer of choice, I like to use a diet ginger beer. Having a delicious cocktail and keeping it low calorie is just a total bonus. For a keto or low-carb Moscow mule, mix this cocktail with diet ginger beer for a less than 5 net carb drink. I found that Bundaberg’s is my favorite and it is widely available even in grocery stores so it makes it easy to obtain without a need for a special liquor store run.  You can use other brands such as Fever-Tree if you have that for making cocktails.

Here is what you need for the best Moscow mule recipe:

  • Absolut Peppar Vodka
  • Bundaberg’s diet or regular Ginger Beer
  • Jalapeno
  • Limes
  • Fresh Basil Leaves


spicy jalapeno moscow mule ingredients the short order cook
Spicy Jalapeno Basil Moscow Mule ingredients


How to Mix this Mule

In the bottom of copper mugs or tall highball glass, place 2 slices of jalapenos, 2 large basil leaves, and the lime juice.  Muddle (crush) with a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon handle (which is what I have – nothing fancy needed).  The important thing is you want to break up the jalapenos and basil in the liquid to bring out the flavors and essence into the lime juice. I keep the seeds and membranes on my jalapenos – I like it HOT!     (remember don’t touch the peppers and then your face or eyes – ouch! – wash your hands!)


picy jalapeno moscow mule muddle
muddle jalapeno and basil in the lime juice


Next, fill the mug or glass with ice.  Add the vodka and 1/2 a bottle of the ginger beer which should fill the glass to the top, stir. Garnish with jalapeno slices and more basil.


What to Serve with Moscow Mules

Whether a cocktail party, family gathering, or barbecue, these spicy jalapeno Moscow mules are a hit.  Make few more cocktails and have a party with drink choices like some I listed below. Here are some great appetizer and main entree recipes that are perfect to eat while you sip your Moscow mule:


Spicy Jalapeno Basil Moscow Mule
Spicy Jalapeno Basil Moscow Mule


Why is a Moscow Mule Served in a Copper Mug?

The quick answer is that copper is known to retain a cold temperature through conduction and the iced beverage’s chill transfers to the tankard or copper mug.  They help in keeping your Moscow mule colder and less likely to become diluted or warm quickly.  It is not a must to enjoy this pomegranate cocktail recipe but I highly recommend buying them and shared my favorite Moscow mule kit for purchase here.




Spicy Jalapeno Basil Moscow Mule
Spicy Jalapeno Basil Moscow Mule PIN


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Spicy Jalapeno Basil Moscow Mule

Spicy Jalapeno Basil Moscow Mule

A refreshing and spicy twist on a Moscow Mule that includes jalapenos and basil. A wonderful vodka cocktail that is an easy recipe and a crowd-pleaser.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 2


  • Moscow mule mugs


  • 4 oz Absolut Peppar Vodka
  • 4 oz lime juice
  • 1 Bundaberg ginger beer regular or diet for keto/lowcarb cocktail
  • 4 large basil leaves
  • 1 jalapeno thinly sliced
  • ice


  • Place 2 slices of jalapeno, 2 basil leaves, and 2 oz of lime juice into each copper mug or tall glass.
  • Muddle (crush)using a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon handle. Muddle until the jalapeno and basil are broken into small pieces and the lime juice has taken on the flavors from the ingredients.
  • Fill each glass 3/4 high with ice.
  • Pour in 2 oz of Absolut Peppar vodka and 1/2 a ginger beer in each mug or glass. Stir with a long stir stick or spoon.
  • Garnish with slices of jalapeno and a basil leaf.


Nutrition info is for when made with regular ginger beer
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving  
Calories 240
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 23mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 25.5g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2%
Total Sugars 21.4g  
Protein 0.4g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 85mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
FOR A KETO/LOW CARB version with DIET ginger beer & less than 5 net carb 
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving  
Calories 148
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 1%
Total Sugars 1g  
Protein 0.4g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 85mg 2%
Keyword alcohol, beverage, cocktail, drink, easy, gluten-free, grain-free, happy hour, party, spicy


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