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Pina Colada Mule combines two favorite drinks into one sweet and sassy tropical cocktail or mocktail. Break out the copper mugs for the bright and refreshing combination of pineapple and coconut from a classic pina colada infused with the zingy spiced goodness of the ginger beer and lime from the traditional Moscow Mule. Or swap the coconut rum for coconut water to make a non-alcoholic version everyone, even the kids, can enjoy.
Disclaimer: This recipe was developed through a sponsored partnership with Dole Packaged Foods. As always, all opinions are my own.
Happy Summer! Or Happy Middle of Summer! Or Happy End of Summer! (OK, OK, so that last one isn’t so happy.)
Back in the pre-social media days when I spent my life surrounded by people who lived near me, the seasons felt, well, normal. “Normal” in New Jersey was being hot but not completely miserable while we finished the school year during the first two or three weeks of June. And since we didn’t start school again until after Labor Day, things like back-to-school shopping and finding out our teachers didn’t even cross our minds until maybe the last week of August. Heck, even summer reading was basically ignored through most of July.
Now I have friends all over the country.
Their kids are celebrating the end of the school year while mine in Maryland still have weeks to go. We’ll go on vacation late in July, and the day we get home from vacation, I’ll have friends posting First Day of School photos on Facebook and Instagram. And they are all at least a little envious that we still have a few more days to spend at the beach.
Seriously, it messes with my head.
But whether you feel like summer is already half over, it’s barely begun, or school is right around the corner, there is one thing we can all agree on.
Bright and summery tropical cocktails and mocktails!
And this Pina Colada Moscow Mule is just the drink for you…
Pina Colada Moscow Mule Cocktail or Mocktail
With versions everyone can enjoy, you’ll be mixing up these Pina Colada Mules all summer long. Whether you make a mocktail or a cocktail, the exotic flavors will keep you refreshed on a hot day. When you mix the tropical sweetness of a Pina Colada and the bubbly zing of a Moscow Mule, you get one cool drink that nobody can resist.
A classic Moscow Mule contains ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice, while a traditional Pina Colada is a blend of pineapple juice, coconut cream, and coconut rum.
To get the essence of these two popular cocktails in one exotic cocktail, simply combine:
- Ginger beer
- Pineapple juice
- Coconut rum (for the alcoholic version) or coconut water (for the non-alcoholic version)
- Squeeze of lime
Serve it over ice with a garnish of a cherry, pineapple chunk, and lime wedge and you’ll be instantly transported to the tropics.
Brianne’s pro recipe tips
- A traditional Moscow Mule is typically made with vodka. This is made with coconut rum, perhaps making it more akin to the cousin of the Moscow Mule, the Dark and Stormy, which is made with dark rum.
- This recipe calls for ginger beer, not ginger ale. You can usually find ginger beer in the regular grocery store near either bottled root beers or other cocktail mixers like tonic water. It has a stronger ginger flavor to give it that kick that defines a Moscow Mule.
- Speaking of mocktails, you can eyeball the coconut water and add more to taste if you want to substitute that for the coconut rum.
- All good tropical cocktails need a festive fruity garnish. The garnish on these is a Dole Pineapple Chunk, a thawed Dole Frozen Cherry, and a lime wedge.
- And of course I make my cocktails with Dole 100% Pineapple Juice.
I am proud to be partnering with Dole Packaged Foods to celebrate summer with Dole Pineapple Juice. My freezer and pantry is always well-stocked with GMO-free fruits and veggies from Dole, and I am always thrilled to share ways to use their products to make it easy to get more fruits and veggies in your diet in a no-fuss way.
Dole Pineapple Juice is 100% juice with plenty of vitamins A, C, and D. There is no added sugar or GMOs. You can purchase Dole Pineapple Juice in a pack of six 6 oz. cans or one 46 oz. can, making it convenient to keep whatever size you need on hand. The larger can is great for a party punch or if you are making some marinades, and the small cans are great if you are just mixing up a cocktail or two.
Mules are traditionally served in a copper mug as some people say it keeps the drink colder and enhances the taste. While not necessary, they do make for a gorgeous presentation. I opted for glasses for the mocktails.
Try these mocktails
- Mango Lava Flow Smoothies
- Sparkling Cider Rainbow Sherbet Floats
- Pineapple Lime Luau Slushy Punch from Tatertots and Jello
Mix up some cocktails
- Light Grapefruit Margaritas
- Hard Apple Cider Ice Cream Floats
- Strawberry Pineapple Margarita from Dietitian Debbie
Pina Colada Mule Cocktail or Mocktail Recipe
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Pina Colada Mule Cocktail or Mocktail
- 8 oz. ginger beer
- 4 oz. Dole 100% Pineapple Juice
- 3 oz. coconut rum or coconut water
- 1 lime
- thawed frozen cherries, pineapple chunks, and lime wedges for garnish
- Add ice to your copper mugs or glasses.
- Pour about 4 oz. ginger beer in each mug and add about 2 oz. pineapple juice and 1 1/2 oz. (one shot) coconut rum (or coconut water for a mocktail)
- Squeeze half a lime into each drink.
- Garnish with a cherry, pineapple chunk, and lime wedge on a cocktail pick.