Blackberry Sage Mule Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Blackberry Sage Mule is a refreshing twist on the classic Moscow Mule. This cocktail is perfect for those who love the combination of sweet and tart flavors. The addition of sage gives it an earthy undertone that balances out the sweetness of the blackberries. It's a favorite among those who appreciate a well-balanced, fruity cocktail with a hint of herbal complexity.

How Blackberry Sage Mule Tastes?

The Blackberry Sage Mule offers a delightful balance of sweet, tart, and earthy flavors. The blackberries provide a sweet and slightly tart taste, while the sage adds an earthy complexity. The ginger beer gives it a spicy kick, and the lime juice adds a refreshing tanginess.

Interesting facts about Blackberry Sage Mule

  • The Blackberry Sage Mule is a variation of the Moscow Mule, which was invented in the 1940s.
  • The combination of blackberries and sage is not common in cocktails, making this drink unique.
  • Despite its name, the Blackberry Sage Mule does not contain any mule. The 'mule' in the name refers to the use of ginger beer, a common ingredient in 'mule' cocktails.


A few good options for Blackberry Sage Mule are:

  • Smirnoff
  • Absolut Citron
  • Grey Goose

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A few good options for Blackberry Sage Mule are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Blackberries add a sweet and tart flavor that is essential to the cocktail. Having 10 berries hits the sweet spot, providing enough juice without overwhelming the other flavors. If you use less, you might not capture the full essence of the fruit. Alternative: Raspberries could be used for a similar tartness but with a slightly different berry flavor.

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Sage Leaves

Sage adds an aromatic, earthy dimension which is both intriguing and balancing against the sweet blackberries. Three leaves are just right to infuse a subtle hint without making it taste like a Thanksgiving stuffing. If omitted, you'd lose this herbal complexity. Alternative: Thyme could be used for a different, but still complementary, herbaceous note.

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Vodka is the alcohol base; its relatively neutral flavor carries the other ingredients well. 2 ounces is a standard measure for a strong yet smooth cocktail. Too much vodka could overpower the softer notes of the blackberries and sage. Alternative: Gin could bring in more botanical flavors which would mix interestingly with the sage and blackberries.

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Lime Juice

The 1 ounce of lime juice adds a necessary citrus zing that brightens the entire drink. Less would fail to cut through the sweetness, more could overpower the delicate sage. Alternative: Lemon juice could be used for a slightly different citrus profile.

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Ginger Beer

Ginger beer brings a spicy effervescence that makes the mule a mule. At 4 ounces, it adds flavor and dilution for the perfect sip. Less ginger beer might leave the cocktail too strong, while more could make it too weak. Alternative: A ginger ale could be used for a milder ginger flavor.

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Ice Cubes

Ice keeps the drink cold and dilutes it slightly as it melts, essential for the refreshing character of a mule. The amount of ice should be enough to chill but not water down too much. Without ice, the cocktail would be too intense and not as enjoyable. No real alternative here; frozen blackberries could chill the drink but also change the flavor balance.

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The garnish of a blackberry and a sage leaf adds an aesthetic touch that echoes the flavors within the drink. If omitted, the cocktail would lose some of its charm. Alternative: A lemon twist could add a visually appealing and aromatic alternative without altering the taste significantly.

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Recipe. How to make Blackberry Sage Mule Drink

  1. Muddle the blackberries and sage leaves in a shaker.
  2. Add the vodka and lime juice to the shaker.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
  4. Strain the mixture into a mule mug filled with ice.
  5. Top with ginger beer.
  6. Garnish with a blackberry and a sage leaf.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh blackberries for the best flavor.
  • Muddle the blackberries and sage gently to release their flavors without making the drink bitter.
  • Chill your mule mug before serving for a colder drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Charcuterie Boards: The savory flavors of cured meats and the richness of various cheeses will complement the fruity and zesty notes of the cocktail.
  • Grilled Shrimp: The smokiness from the grill alongside a zesty cocktail creates a delightful balance.

Main Courses

  • Roasted Duck: The rich and fatty duck meat pairs wonderfully with the refreshing qualities of the Blackberry Sage Mule.
  • Spiced Lamb Chops: The spices on the lamb will be enhanced by the ginger beer and blackberry flavors.


  • Lemon Tart: The tartness of the dessert will play nicely with the acidity in the lime juice and the sweetness of the blackberries.
  • Dark Chocolate: A piece of dark chocolate can bring out the deeper berry notes and complements the herbal sage.

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What you could change in Blackberry Sage Mule

  • If you don't have blackberries, you can use raspberries or blueberries.
  • If you don't have sage, you can use mint or basil.
  • If you don't have vodka, you can use gin or tequila.

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Blackberry Sage Mule with Honey

  • Substitute 1/2 oz of lime juice with 1/2 oz of honey syrup (equal parts honey and water). The sweetness of honey will enhance the blackberries and give a smoother finish, creating a richer depth to every sip.

Spiced Blackberry Sage Mule

  • Add a cinnamon stick during the muddling process and a pinch of ground nutmeg. The warm spices will give a wonderful aroma and add a seasonal wintry twist to the traditional mule, making it a perfect holiday cocktail.

Thyme Blackberry Mule

  • Replace sage leaves with thyme sprigs and add a splash of elderflower liqueur. The thyme will provide a different herbaceous quality, and the elderflower liqueur will introduce a floral sweetness, creating a sophisticated and layered flavor profile.

In case you forgot basics how to make Blackberry Sage Mule

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Blackberry Sage Mule

Why is it called a Mule?

The name 'Mule' for cocktails originated from the Moscow Mule, a drink made popular in the United States in the 1940s. The term 'mule' in this context refers to beverages that are made with ginger beer and citrus juice, served in a copper mug. In the case of the Blackberry Sage Mule, the mule is referring to the use of ginger beer.

What happens if I muddle the ingredients too much?

Over-muddling could result in a bitter flavor because it will release the bitter compounds from the fruits and herbs. It can also create a pulpy texture. So, it is recommended to muddle gently just until the juice is extracted and the aroma of herbs is released.

What type of vodka should I use?

You can use any brand of vodka that you prefer. However, using a high-quality vodka can improve the taste of the cocktail.

What other cocktails could I make with these ingredients?

With similar ingredients, you could also make cocktails like the Blackberry Sage Spritzer, Sage and Blackberry Margaritas, and the Blackberry Sage Martini.

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