Watermelon Basil Mule Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:14%

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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 Watermelon Basil Mule is a refreshing twist on the classic Moscow Mule. It's a perfect drink for those who love the combination of fresh fruit and herbs in their cocktails. This cocktail is a hit during the summer months, especially for those who enjoy a refreshing, fruity, and slightly spicy drink. It's a favorite among those who appreciate the unique flavor combination of watermelon and basil.

How Watermelon Basil Mule Tastes?

The Watermelon Basil Mule is a refreshing, sweet, and slightly spicy cocktail. The watermelon provides a sweet and juicy base, while the basil adds a hint of earthiness. The ginger beer gives it a spicy kick, and the lime juice balances everything out with a tangy zing.

Interesting facts about Watermelon Basil Mule

  • The Watermelon Basil Mule is a variation of the Moscow Mule, which was invented in the 1940s.
  • Despite its name, the Moscow Mule does not originate from Russia, but from the United States.
  • The Watermelon Basil Mule is often served in a copper mug, which keeps the drink cold and enhances its flavor.


A few good options for Watermelon Basil Mule are:

  • Smirnoff
  • Absolut Citron
  • Grey Goose

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A few good options for Watermelon Basil Mule are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Watermelon Juice: 4oz

The star of the show! Not only does it bring a beautiful color to your cocktail, watermelon juice adds a natural sweetness that's perfect for summer sips. Too much and you'll over-sweeten things; too little, and what's the point? It's a watermelon mule, after all!

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Basil Leaves: 6

These gems add an aromatic herbal component that makes your nose happy before your taste buds even get a chance. Accidently skip them and you'll miss out on the magical herby kick.

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Ginger Beer: 6oz

The fiery sherpa that guides your taste journey up a mountain of flavor. Ginger beer adds a spicy effervescence, creating a perfect balance with the sweet watermelon. Swap it out for ginger ale for a milder taste.

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Vodka: 2oz

The silent hero. Vodka provides the alcoholic foundation without overpowering other flavors. If you're looking to switch it up, why not try a flavored vodka? Just be careful not to clash with your watermelon and basil.

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Lime Juice: 1oz

The zesty wingman. Lime juice cuts through the sweetness with a citrusy sharpness, adding complexity. Go sans lime and the drink could end up cloyingly sweet.

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Ice Cubes: As needed

Nobody likes a warm cocktail (unless it's supposed to be, and this isn't). Ice keeps the drink chill and refreshing. Skimp on it and you'll have a sad, lukewarm experience.

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Watermelon and Basil for garnish

The finishing touch for both aesthetics and a smidge of flavor—plus, it makes your Instagram pics pop.

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Recipe. How to make Watermelon Basil Mule Drink

  1. Muddle the basil leaves in the bottom of a copper mug.
  2. Add the vodka, watermelon juice, and lime juice.
  3. Fill the mug with ice cubes.
  4. Top with ginger beer.
  5. Stir gently to combine.
  6. Garnish with a slice of watermelon and a sprig of basil.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh watermelon and basil for the best flavor.
  • Muddle the basil leaves gently to release their flavor without tearing them.
  • Serve in a copper mug to keep the drink cold longer.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled Shrimp: The cocktail's fruity and herbal notes complement seafood beautifully. The zestiness from the lime juice and the spiciness of the ginger beer will match nicely with a bit of sea-salted crustacean.
  • Caprese Salad: A classic combo of tomato, basil, and mozzarella will echo the cocktail’s basil undertones, creating a delicious herbaceous resonance.

Main Courses

  • BBQ Chicken: The watermelon’s sweetness will balance out smoky flavors from the BBQ sauce.
  • Thai Curry: The ginger beer has a spicy kick that goes hand in hand with Thai spices, while the watermelon cools the palate.


  • Lemon Sorbet: A light and citrus-forward dessert won't overpower the cocktail and will cleanse the palate between sips.

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What you could change in Watermelon Basil Mule

  • If you don't have fresh watermelon, you can use watermelon juice.
  • If you don't have ginger beer, you can use ginger ale, but the drink will be less spicy.
  • If you don't have basil, you can use mint leaves.

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And of course - twists🍹

Cucumber Watermelon Basil Mule

  • Add: Thin slices of cucumber
  • Cucumbers introduce an element of coolness and a refreshing twist. The cucumber's crispness will play well against the lushness of the watermelon.

Spicy Watermelon Basil Mule

  • Swap: Regular vodka for a chili-infused vodka
  • Turn up the heat with a vodka that bites back! This spicier version will warm your throat and delight fans of fiery flavors.

Watermelon Basil Mule Mocktail

  • Remove: Vodka
  • Add: A splash of club soda for additional fizz
  • Ideal for non-drinkers or designated drivers, this mocktail version retains all the punchy flavors minus the alcohol.

In case you forgot basics how to make Watermelon Basil Mule

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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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 Watermelon Basil Mule

What is the origin of the Moscow Mule, which the Watermelon Basil Mule is a variation of?

The Moscow Mule was invented in the United States during the 1940s by two men, one who had an overabundance of vodka and another with a surplus of ginger beer. Combining these with a squeeze of lime, the original cocktail was born.

How can I adjust the sweetness of the cocktail?

You can adjust the sweetness by changing the amount of watermelon juice. More juice will result in a sweeter cocktail, whereas less juice will make it less sweet.

Is it necessary to use a copper mug for this cocktail?

While a copper mug is traditional for mule cocktails and can help keep the drink cool, it's not necessary. Any glass will work, though a copper mug is recommended for an authentic experience.

How can I add a personal twist to this recipe?

You can experiment with different herbs such as mint, thyme or even rosemary to add a unique flavor. You could also try adding a splash of another fruit juice for a different twist.

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