How to Make a Moscow Mule with Honey

The Honey Moscow Mule is made of just a few ingredients: vodka, lime juice, and spicy ginger beer and a dollop of honey. We replaced sugar with honey because that’s what we do.

Our Waxing Kara Honey offers some amazing flavor and a bit of sweetness, which adds depth to this fun cocktail. We used our Spring Honey which has a sweet, sunny, floral flavor profile. We encourage you to experiment with different varietal honey (like blueberry, blackberry, wildflower, or whatever your heart desires).

On the wagon? You can easily remove vodka from this mixer to make a perfectly satisfying non-alcoholic drink suitable for anyone at any age! Serve this refreshing signature drink at your next card game or barbeque, this one is a winner.

Honey Moscow mule on wooden board in copper cup next to Waxing Kara Spring Honey

How to Make a Moscow Mule

You will need a handful of ingredients: vodka, lime juice, gingerbeer, our honey, limes, fresh ginger, lavender, and mint

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Pour in vodka, lime juice, and honey syrup
  • Shake vigorously then strain into a Moscow Mule mug with fresh ice
  • Top with Ginger Beer.
  • Garnish with a lime and fresh lavender and mint

Do you know what Ginger Beer is?

Ginger beer is non-alcoholic and it is definitely not the same as ginger ale. I have to admit that is what I assumed. Ginger beer is brewed and fermented, think of it as a spicy gingery soft-drink that is not of boozy nature.

Garnish your mule with a wedge of lime and sprigs of fresh lavender and mint. If you feel like adding to the flavor, muddle the mint leaves and lavender flower buds into the cocktail for a truly refreshing cocktail.

honey moscow mule with jar of honey, flowers and nuts in copper mugs on wood tray overhead

Why do we use a copper mug?

The Moscow Mule was born in 1941, and its origins are somewhat murky. According to an article from 2007, in the Wall Street Journal by Eric Felton, (shared by our friends at the Cock ‘n’ Bull’s head bartender Wes Price laid claim to the recipe.

Apparently, at a later time, a bartender in LA ordered far too much ginger beer for his bar and had difficulty selling it. This same bartender’s girlfriend owned a company that made copper products, so the copper Moscow Mule mugs were relatively easy to come by for him.

If you don’t have a copper mug, any beautiful highball glass you have will suffice. We happened to have two different styles of copper mugs for our shoot. Don’t they look like a perfect hot summer day drink?

Honey Moscow Mule on wood tray in copper mugs accompanied by Waxing Kara Spring Honey

Play with your Honey Moscow Mule Recipe

It wouldn’t be a Waxing Kara recipe if we didn’t challenge those ingredients a bit, so in our take, you guessed it, we’ve added honey and made it a little more interesting.

  • Try lemon juice in place of the lime juice
  • Garnish with fresh-picked mint from the garden
  • Top with fresh ginger slices

If you decide to try these fantastic recipes, be sure to take a photo and share them with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

Honey Moscow Mule on wood tray in copper mugs accompanied by Waxing Kara Spring Honey

How to make a Moscow Mule with Honey

Course: cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: honey moscow mule, how to make a moscow mule, Moscow mule
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 99kcal
Looking for the signature drink for your next barbeque? This one is terrifically refreshing and easy enough to make.

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  • oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • oz Ginger beer

Honey Syrup


  • 1 Lime Wedge
  • 2 Sprigs Lavender and Mint


  • Fill cocktail shaker with ice
  • Pour in vodka, lime juice and honey syrup
  • Shake vigorously then strain into a Moscow Mule mug with fresh ice
  • Top with Ginger Beer.
  • Garnish with a lime and fresh lavender and mint


Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Sodium: 4mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 4.8mg | Iron: 0.1mg

About the Author


Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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  1. I learned how to make this one so that I could use it as a signature drink for a get-together on the farm. It was a hit!

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