Make the most of summer produce with this fresh peach Moscow mule! Made with real peach purée, freshly squeezed lime juice, vodka and ginger beer for a bubbly finish, this summertime mule was made for patio sipping on warm nights. Plus, this is one easy cocktail to mix, and you can whip it up in five minutes — you won’t find a better drink to celebrate peach season.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Adds a twist to a popular cocktail: A tried and true, original Moscow mule is always a favorite summer cocktail on any bar menu, so you know your guests will be excited when you serve this beloved drink. You can never go wrong with a guaranteed crowd favorite.
Loaded with real peach flavor: We use fresh fruit to give this mule a prominent peach twist. If you can’t get enough juicy peaches, this drink was made with you in mind.
Perfect for home bartenders of all skill levels: If you can stir, you can make a perfect Moscow mule. No need for fancy mixology skills here.
Great for small and large parties: Making an individual serving takes hardly any time if you’re hosting a smaller, more intimate crowd. However, you can also batch it pitcher style for parties.
As if you needed another reason to love this peach Moscow mule recipe, just look at those simple ingredients.
Peach purée: I like to use fresh peaches when they’re in season, but you can certainly use thawed frozen peaches instead. This is also a great option if your peaches are still ripening on the countertop and not quite ready. Frozen fruit goes into the freezer when it’s at peak ripeness, so you’ll still get a flavorful purée.
Vodka: I always recommend using at least a mid-range vodka, such as Tito’s Handmade Vodka or Absolut. Grey Goose is nice for a top-shelf drink. You don’t want to use cheap vodka — those are so harsh. Quality makes a huge difference.
Lime juice: Just like the quality of the spirit matters, use fresh-squeezed lime juice, not bottled juice. Fresh lime juice is far superior than anything that comes in a bottle. Trust me. If you were to taste the two side by side, you’d notice.
Ginger beer: You’re welcome to use your favorite brand, but I’m a big fan of Fever Tree. I’ve tried other brands that aren’t as ginger forward, and the mule felt like it was missing something. Fever Tree makes the best ginger beer if you ask me, and it’s widely available these days.
Step 1: Let’s make some peach Moscow mules. We start by adding peach purée, vodka and a squeeze of lime juice to our copper mug (photo 1).
Step 2: Now we add a handful of ice and use a bar spoon to stir the mixture until chilled (photo 2). You’ll notice the condensation build up on the mug as it cools.
Step 3: For our final step, we pour in the spicy ginger beer into our icy copper mug and give it a gentle stir to combine (photo 3). Don’t stir too hard. That can cause the carbonation to flatten.
For the perfect finishing touch, I love to garnish the mugs with fresh peach slices. After all, who doesn’t love a snack with their cocktail? Lime wheels or lime wedges are also nice. Now grab a comfortable spot on the patio and enjoy your refreshing Moscow mule. It's truly the perfect summer cocktail on a hot day.
A classic copper mug is great for keeping your peach mule icy cold and makes for a fun presentation. That said, you do not have to serve a mule in a copper cup. I wouldn’t want you to miss out on this delicious peachy drink because of glassware.
The process is simple — add chunks or slices of peeled peaches to a blender with a splash of water and process until smooth. A food processor also works. Just like that, you have your fresh peach purée.
You can use it right away or store it. As long as you keep it in an airtight container, it should last in the refrigerator for three to four days. After that, you can freeze it.
Keep in mind, the peach purée will darken over time from oxidation. You can add a few drops of lime or lemon juice to the purée to slow down that chemical process. The peach purée is still safe to use once oxidizing starts, but the color isn’t as appetizing. This isn’t much of a problem if you use copper mugs, but you’ll notice the color change in a clear glass.
If you’re just peeling a couple peaches, you can strip away the skin with a sharp vegetable peeler. A small paring knife also works, but you may lose a little bit of fruit with this method.
However, for peeling a lot of peaches, you may find blanching is more efficient. For this method, place the peaches in boiling water for 45 seconds and then submerge the peaches into an ice bath for about a minute. Now you can make a small cut into the peach and easily remove the skin with your fingers.
To pick a ripe peach, we’re looking for a few attributes. The peach should be a reddish-yellow hue with no green, which means it’s still unripe. Like an avocado, the peach should also have some give when you gently press it with your fingers, and it will start producing a lovely fragrance.
Absolutely, Moscow mules are great for making ahead of time. To make a Moscow mule pitcher, simply stir the peach purée, lime juice and vodka in a pitcher and then add the ginger beer right before serving to preserve the carbonation. You can make the peach mixture up to a day ahead of serving and store it in the refrigerator. After that, the lime juice starts to lose its brightness.
Give it an extra fresh taste and muddle with fresh herbs: Fresh mint or basil pair especially well with peaches. Add the lime juice and herbs to the glass and give the herbs a few twists with a muddler. Then, proceed with the rest of the recipe.
Use peach-flavored vodka: You can find this infused vodka from a variety of brands, but if you can find the peach vodka from Wild Roots, a distillery in Oregon, you’re in for a real treat. By far, it’s the best peach-infused vodka I’ve tried. Of course, plain vodka is just fine, but you'll love the extra intense peach flavor.
Try another fruit purée: You can use the same proportions as a starting point. Think raspberries, plums, blackberries — you name it.
Put your own spin on this recipe and swap vodka for another spirit: Have you ever tried a Kentucky mule? It uses bourbon instead of vodka, and it’s delicious with peaches. But don’t feel like you have to stop there. Gin, rum or tequila are all great in mules and work with our favorite stone fruit.
Chill your copper mugs before serving: On particularly hot days, I like to pop my copper mugs in the freezer for about 30 minutes. It helps keep the drink even colder and more refreshing.
If possible, purchase your peaches ahead of time: If your grocery store is anything like mine, it loves to sell rock-hard peaches that aren’t ripe yet, so I always grab some peaches a few days before the weekend. I don’t know why grocery stores insist that no one wants to enjoy a ripe peach the same day of purchasing, but that’s consistently my experience. If you need peach purée today and all the peaches aren’t ready, make your purée from frozen peaches instead.
Chill your ginger beer: If you add room-temperature ginger beer, it will melt the ice quickly, diluting your drink, and it’s just not as refreshing. Chilled ginger beer is the way to go.
Make sure you use ginger beer, not ginger ale: A traditional Moscow mule always uses ginger beer, not ginger ale. Ginger beer has a punchier, spicier kick that gives this classic cocktail a distinct taste. Ginger ale won't give your peach mule the right flavor.
Naturally, a peachy dish is perfect with this summer mule. Start with a bowl of this herbed whipped ricotta dip and then serve this grilled peach and prosciutto pizza as your main course. This pizza also includes an herby pesto as the base sauce, which adds such a fresh taste with the peaches and ginger. For dessert, look no further than this peach clafoutis or honey-lavender ice cream with a fresh peach compote.
Don’t let summer pass you by without making this fresh peach Moscow mule. You’ll love every fruity, refreshing sip.
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Fresh Peach Moscow Mule
- Jigger or small measuring cup
- Copper mugs
- Handheld citrus juicer
- Bar spoon
- 2 ounces peach purée
- 2 ounces vodka
- ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 6 ounces chilled ginger beer
- Fresh peach slices for garnish, optional
- Lime slices or wheels for garnish, optional
- Pour the peach purée, vodka and lime juice into a copper mug.
- Add a handful of ice. Stir with a bar spoon until the mixture is nice and cold.
- Top with chilled ginger beer. Stir gently to combine. If desired, garnish with a fresh peach slice and lime slice or wheel. Enjoy!
- To make the peach purée, add chunks or slices of peeled peaches to a blender with a splash of water and process until smooth.
- The peach purée will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three to four days. As time goes on, the peach purée will oxidize and darken in color. To preserve a brighter color, add some fresh lime or lemon juice to slow down oxidation. Alternatively, you can freeze the peach purée.
- For an even stronger peach flavor, use peach-flavored vodka. If you can find it, I highly recommend the peach-infused vodka from Wild Roots.
- Make sure you use ginger beer, not ginger beer.
- Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.