Dala Horse Cocktail (Swedish Mule)

Dala Horse Swedish Lingonberry Cocktail // Feast + West

Whenever I visit IKEA, I always hit up the food section. Not the restaurant, but the little grocery store. They have loads of chocolates and candies, beverages and other delicious treasures. I never know what I’ll find! This time I brought home a bottle of lingonberry syrup. I love lingonberry jam, so I figured I’d like the syrup too.

Lingonberries grow wild in many ancient forests throughout the Northern hemisphere. The berries’ bright flavor is a staple in Scandinavian cuisine. They are brilliant red in color and a bit tart in taste.

Dala Horse Swedish Lingonberry Cocktail // Feast + West

The Dala Horse cocktail puts a Swedish spin on a Moscow Mule. The lingonberry syrup adds a sweet-tart flavor to the classic mule recipe. Mixed together with ginger beer, lime and vodka, this full-bodied cocktail is both smooth and refreshing.

I named this lingonberry mule cocktail after the Dala Horse, a carved and painted wooden horse that’s a popular Swedish handicraft and souvenir. This drink is totally delicious, one I will make again and again. I can’t wait to pick up some of IKEA’s other flavored syrups on my next visit. Have a great weekend! // susannah 

Click below to see the Dala Horse recipe! 

Dala Horse Swedish Lingonberry Cocktail // Feast + West

Dala Horse Swedish Lingonberry Cocktail // Feast + West

Dala Horse Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
A Swedish spin on the Moscow Mule classic, the Dala Horse is a lingonberry mule cocktail that's both bright and refreshing.
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  • 1 ounce lingonberry syrup
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice equivalent to 1 tablespoon or about half a lime
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • crushed ice
  • 4 to 6 ounces ginger beer chilled
  • Lime slices


  • Pour lingonberry syrup into the bottom of the glass. Stir in lime juice and vodka.
  • Fill a Collins glass or a mule mug with crushed ice, then slowly pour in the ginger beer. Garnish with a lime slice, if desired. Serve, stirring gently before drinking.


If you can't find the syrup, substitute your own syrup made from lingonberry jam or another flavor of tart jam such as cranberry or blackberry.
On the stove over medium heat, bring to a boil ½ cup water and ½ cup granulated sugar. Lower heat and stir in ½ cup jam. Stir for two minutes. Remove from heat.
Allow to cool completely. Strain out any chunks through a sieve before using.
Store in a jar or other airtight container for up to 1 month.

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nutrition information

Yield: 1 cocktail

amount per serving:

Serving: 1oz Calories: 762kcal Carbohydrates: 166g Protein: 1g Sodium: 105mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 135g
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  1. Grace says

    Ooh! I love Moscow Mules, so this sounds so delicious. Thanks for all of the wonderful cocktail ideas. Also, I need to plan a weekend to visit Charlotte, so I can get some IKEA goodies!

  2. Angie says

    On my last visit to IKEA I picked up the rhubarb syrup, and have been enjoying it with some vodka, lime juice and seltzer. Delicious!
    This looks great, too.

    • Susannah says

      Oh, that sounds fabulous, Angie! This was my first time trying any of IKEA’s syrups, so I’ll have to branch out next time. I love rhubarb!

  3. Dave says

    My daughter prepared these for our latest family Christmas. A fun and tasty cocktail. I have modified it as I saw fit. This version may already exist, but I have not checked… What I now do is substitute the vodka with aquavit (which is pretty much vodka infused with herbs and spices to enhance the flavor profile). It certainly adds some complexity. give it a try and let me know if you enjoy it. Cheers!

    • Susannah says

      Hey Dave! Thanks for sharing this story — I’m so glad your family enjoyed it! I’ve been making this with Aquavit for a while now, and I’ve been meaning to come back and update this recipe — such a good tip. I love the fragrant flavors it brings to the ginger, lime and lingonberries, although a Swedish vodka like Absolut would also work nicely here.

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