This drink is my answer to the Moscow Mule, which is made with vodka, ginger beer and lime. I didn’t know much about them until recently. The name alone was reason enough to give me some pause. It turns out, mule is the blanket term term used for mixed drinks made with ginger beer. Not being a huge fan of ginger beer, it wouldn’t be something I’d order during a night out. And according to this I’m not the only one (see #1 in the list). But far be it from me to denounce someone else’s drink of choice. I have a friend who really takes her Moscow Mule seriously, copper mug and all. She’s been drinking them all winter…literally. One more selfie of her donning a trapper hat with that mug in her and and I’m calling for an intervention.

I digress. Now where was I? Oh yeah, ginger beer. Love ginger. Love beer. Really love beer. Love beer a lot. Hate ginger beer. Did I mention I love beer?

I decided to concoct my own version of this classic cocktail because, save for the aforementioned ingredient (the one that’s not beer), I find the other elements rather tasty. Besides, she shouldn’t be the only one who gets to take selfies in a cute hat holding a cool mug. I used beer because…well…you already know why. But it couldn’t be just any beer. I wanted a microbrew with herb and citrus notes with a hint of spice. Behold, I give you Dogfish Head’s Namaste. Grab the vodka, swap the lime for seasonal clementines and you’ve got a Downward Dog. You see what I did there?

Now if I could only remember where I left my hat. 

Downward Dog Beer Cocktail
Serves 2
This refreshing cocktail is a citrusy alternative to the classic Moscow Mule.
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 1 bottle Dogfish Head Namaste Beer
  2. 4 oz vodka
  3. juice of 1 fresh clementine
  4. splash of lime
  1. Combine ingredients and stir gently. Serve over ice. Garnish with clementine wedges.
  1. Copper mug or mason jar optional.
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