The Galaxy Magic Mule – A Vodka Moscow Mule


This color changing cocktail is like science! So neat to see it change color! Check it out, and make it yourself!




Back when we were kids and watching Bill Nye the Science Guy on TV, little did we know that some of those science experiments that we played about with would end up being useful when it comes to making drinks! Seeing some of the results felt like magic (especially when you are a kid!) Now that we are grown, we know it really was just the proper application of science!



Color Changing Cocktail

We saw a cocktail that slowly changed colors as the ice melted at one of our local cocktail bars. We then knew that we were going to have to spend a little time behind our bar figuring out how we could capture a little bit of that magic! The result is our Galaxy Magic Mule, a classic Moscow Mule with a little bit of magic ice to bring a showy flair!




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Galaxy Magic Moscow Mules in clear glass mugs with limes and silver canister in background.




Eating With Your Eyes

When you talk to great chefs and bartenders, you might hear a common theme about how we not only eat (or drink in our case) with our taste buds, but we also eat with our eyes! We were out with friends a few weeks ago and stopped in at one of the great local cocktail bars here in Omaha that are always trying to make something new and exciting.





This particular evening, Mrs. Nom ordered a cocktail that came with a blue ice cube. It melted slowly changed the drink to a beautiful deep purple.





Galaxy Magic Moscow Mule in clear glass mug with blue straw. Limes, flowers and jigger in background





Everyone in our party was fascinated by the color changing cocktail. It not only looked awesome, but tasted delicious, too! Seeing this sort of excited reaction from our friends (who are not nearly as big of cocktail nerds as we are!) tickled something in our blogger brains which said “MAKE THIS!!!”



Butterfly Pea Flower

The next day we started doing a little research about color changing cocktails. We discovered a whole trend of bartenders who were playing with the ingredient that was key to their success, the Butterfly Pea Flower!





Galaxy Magic Moscow Mule in clear glass mug with blue straw





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Science in Cocktails?

The Butterfly Pea Flower is found all across equatorial Asia, where it was used in traditional medicine and as a natural food coloring. Prized for its deep blue color that it is able to impart to food, butterfly pea flower has one other very unique characteristic, it is a natural litmus strip! For those of you that might have dozed off in science class, a litmus strip is a chemically treated strip of paper that is used to determine the pH (acid or base) of a solution.





In the case of the butterfly pea flower, when it is exposed to acidic liquids like citrus juice or carbonated water, it will turn purple. This reaction is the key to the magic! The reaction changes creating a colorful swirl of colors that looks like you are peering far into a galaxy! Speaking of Galaxy drinks, check out this awesome lemonade from our friends at The Flavor Bender!





Galaxy Magic Mule in clear glass mug with blue straw. Limes and flowers in background.

Paper Straws / Jigger



Cheers to Color Changing Cocktails

To make the Galaxy Magic Mule, we started out by brewing some Butterfly Pea Flower tea. This tea when brewed is a deep dark indigo color with a very mild (almost flavorless) tea flavor. We wanted to slow the chemical reaction down (when you add acid the reaction is really fast) so we froze the tea into cubes. Then this slows the reaction down significantly as it only reacts once the ice starts to melt. This results in the gorgeous gradient between blue and purple as the reaction starts to take place.





Galaxy Magic Moscow Mule Cocktail changes from blue to purple in clear glass mugs with blue straws. Limes in background.





The primary ingredients of a Moscow Mule (lime, vodka and ginger beer) are all acidic to a various degree. So, when we added the ingredients to the ice filled mugs, the color starts to change, creating a dramatic color changing cocktail! Normally we would serve a Moscow Mule in the traditional copper Moscow Mule mug. But, in this case, a spectacular color changing cocktail like this deserves to be shown off, so we used some of our glass double wall mugs from JoyJolt to serve these Galaxy Magic Mules!




These mugs from JoyJolt are perfect for Mules or Coffee!






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The Galaxy Magic Mule - A Vodka Moscow Mule

A color changing cocktail, a twist on the classic Moscow Mule, and so pretty!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Freeze Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes


Magic Blue Ice

  • 2 cups hot water
  • 8 flowers of Butterfly Pea Flower Tea

For the Galaxy Magic Mule

  • .50 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 oz vodka
  • crushed ice
  • Crushed "Magic Blue Ice"
  • 4-6 oz ginger beer


For the Galaxy Magic Mule

Partially fill the mug with crushed clear ice.

Top with crushed Magic Blue Ice.

Add lime juice.

Add vodka.

Add ginger beer.

Top with additional Magic Blue Ice.

For the Magic Blue Ice

Add hot water to the Butterfly Pea Flowers.

Allow to steep for 3-4 minutes.

Strain out flowers.

Pour into ice cube trays and freeze.

Crush ice and use in cocktail.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 9mg Carbohydrates: 11.1g Fiber: 0.1g Sugar: 10.1g Protein: 0g



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40 thoughts on “The Galaxy Magic Mule – A Vodka Moscow Mule

  1. What a pretty drink! I didn’t know you could make mules with vodka. I’m adding this to my drinks to try.

  2. Moscow Mules are one of my favorite drinks, and now it is even prettier! I want to buy some Butterfly Pea Flower Tea now!

  3. OH MY GOSH!!! This is so pretty! Almost too pretty to drink….wait, no it isn’t haha I’ll drink anything regardless of how pretty it is if it tastes amazing 😀

  4. This looks so awesome! I went to a local tiki bar that served a drink with butterfly pea flower!

  5. This has got to be the most amazing cocktail I’ve ever seen! I so need to get some Butterfly Pea Flower Tea!!

  6. Wow! So cool! I’d like to try making this for our Eclipse Party. Do you think you could do it in a big batch or does it need to be single servings?

    1. I think you could do a big batch, just not to add in the ginger beer until you are ready to serve. Or maybe have bigger ice chunks, so it slows the color changing if you add the ginger beer? Let us know how it goes, we haven’t made a big batch, so we would love to know! Good luck!

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