Al Johnson's Recipes: Malmö Mule

Stabbur Malmo Mule 

Dating to 1941, when it was invented in Manhattan by three liquor industry veterans, the popularity of the Moscow Mule has surged in recent years. The drink is always served in a copper mug, providing the unique taste that results from the interaction between lime juice (citric acid) and pure copper. Stabbur Beer Garden introduced its own version of the venerable craft cocktail, the Malmö Mule, when the new outdoor bar opened next door to Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant in 2016. In addition to being truly delicious, Stabbur's version gives you a reason to learn to make your own blueberry simple syrup, a worthy skill for any host. Skål!


  • 2 ounces Swedish Vodka
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce blueberry simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Ginger Beer
  • Fresh blueberries 

Making a Malmö Mule

Fill a pint glass with ice. Add vodka, lime juice, simple syrup and bitters. Place shaker over pint glass and shake until the shaker is frosty. Pour mixture into a copper mug and top with ice. Top mixture with ginger beer. Garnish with fresh blueberries.

How to make your own Blueberry Simple Syrup

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1.5 Cup granulated sugar
  • 0.5 Pint fresh blueberries     

Place a medium saucepan over high heat and combine the water and sugar. Stir continuously until boiling. Remove from heat and pour syrup into a desired container. Add your blueberries to the hot syrup and puree until all berries are pulverized. Strain syrup until all pulp is removed from the liquid. The color of the syrup should be a dark purple, puree more blueberries if needed. Place container in a refrigerated environment (uncovered) until cool.


Swedish Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

  • 8 cups apples
  • 2 T flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Powdered cinnamon

Peel and core apples, then slice into pieces. Add flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir and set aside.

In a large bowl, blend the following ingredients together. Then add 2/3 cup melted butter. Mix well.

  • 1-1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup instant oatmeal
  • 1/2 T baking soda
  • 1 T salt

Pour apple mixture into a 9 in. x 13 in. pan. Cover with the brown sugar mixture. Bake in a 350° oven for 1 hour.