Asian Rum Moscow Mule

Asian Rum Moscow Mule

East Meets West

Recipe + photos by Beautiful Booze

Whether it’s in our design inspiration, on the menu or swizzled together in a glass in front of us….the REstyleSOURCE team loves a healthy dose of cultural fusion in our everyday lives. This Asian Rum Moscow Mule by Natalie Migliarini of the cocktail blog Beautiful Booze is definitely up to the challenge! Using the basic Moscow Mule recipe as a jumping-off point, Natalie takes us from the Thai-inspired East with chili oil and basil to the West Indies with Caribbean ginger beer and rum, all in one sip!

Natalie says, “I have a love for everything spicy! From a young age I have been obsessed with hot flavors, and this spicy addiction has carried over to my cocktails and drinks. I am always looking for creative ways to use hot sauces, spicy oils, and peppers in my cocktails. The Asian Rum Moscow Mule reminds me of some kind of Asian dish, possibly Thai or maybe Chinese. The basil, chili oil, and ginger beer take me to a far off place and offers a truly exotic flavor. The rum ignites a soulful, Caribbean flavor in the drink. Spark a spicy note in your week and try this Asian Rum Moscow Mule!”


Asian Rum Moscow Mule
Recipe type: Cocktail
  • 2 ounces of rum
  • ½ teaspoon of chili oil
  • ¼ ounce of basil simple syrup (*recipe below)
  • 1 cup ice
  • Ginger beer
Basil Syrup
  • ½ cup Turbinado sugar
  • ½ cup Boiling water
  • ½ cup Packed fresh basil leaves
Garnish: Fresh basil leaves
Basil Syrup
  1. Combine the sugar and boiling water.
  2. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the basil leaves and steep in hot simple syrup for 15 minutes.
  4. Strain into a clean jar, cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks.
Asian Rum Moscow Mule
  1. Place rum, chili oil, basil simple syrup, and ice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake mixture until it is chilled.
  3. Pour mixture into serving glass.
  4. Garnish with basil leaves.

What’s That Name, Again?

The Moscow Mule is a popular cocktail dating back to the 1940s that originated, not in Moscow, but in Tampa, Florida. Taking advantage of the popularity of Russian vodka in the 50s (hence the name), the drink was usually made with vodka, ginger beer and lime juice….but now is open to all sorts of tasty interpretations, like Natalie’s global spin on the classic!

Hi, I am Natalie and this is where I share my cocktail journey.  I am a home bartender, cocktail stylist, photographer, freelance writer, and recipe developer with an aptitude for discovering new and creative ways to use booze.  What began as a mere hobby derived from necessity has now become my ultimate passion and has led me to establish connections with awesome individuals through cocktails.  Celebrating with friends and family is what life is all about, and with the addition of "beautiful booze" will only enhance these precious moments.  Welcome to Beautiful Booze!

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