You’re looking for a refreshing and zingy drink to try out, look no further than this Moscow mule mocktail. This is an alcohol-free version on a classic Moscow mule. It has all the same delightful flavors of mint, spicy ginger and citrus but it is perfect for all ages since it is a mocktail and not a cocktail.
🥃 What is a Moscow Mule Mocktail?
A Moscow mule mocktail is a refreshing blend of club soda, ginger beer and lime juice topped with a sprig of mint as garnish and typically served in a copper mug. This super easy to make mocktail is light and refreshing with a spicy ginger tang and a small twist of lime flavor.
This mocktail is an alcohol-free or virgin version of a classic cocktail of basically the same name, the Moscow mule. The main difference here is that a Moscow mule has vodka added in instead of club soda.
Leaving the vodka out doesn’t really change the flavor of the drink much at all. It is still a spicy and tangy, very cold and refreshing drink.
There are so many reasons why this beverage is a fantastic choice to add to your repertoire. Here are just a few reasons to consider:
- Cold and refreshing. Especially if you are able to serve this in a copper mug, this mocktail is ice cold. The ice cold temperature and combination with the refreshing bubbles and zesty lime is an invigorating and thirst quenching experience.
- Fast and easy. You only need three very simple and common ingredients to make this drink. You don’t need to shake or do anything fancy when putting it together. If you have 5 minutes or less you’ll have enough time to make this drink.
- Super customizable. There are so many different easy ways to change up the flavor in this mocktail. It is so easy to customize and it is also very versatile with being able to be served at a wide variety of events.
⭐ When to Make This Drink
The combination of flavors in this mocktail make it super versatile and it is well suited to be served at warm or cold weather events. If you’d like a few suggestions on when to serve this one up, consider these thoughts:
- Winter holidays
- Barbecues and picnics
- Baby showers
If you want to create a few fun flavor variations, or perhaps you need to substitute some ingredients here are some ideas to try:
- Make it sweeter. If you want a slightly sweeter drink, you can add up to .5 ounces of simple syrup.
- Give it a flavor. You can make the strength most any flavor by substituting the club soda for a juice or other flavored beverage. Some favorites include cranberry juice, apple cider and raspberry lemonade.
- Muddle it. If you would like to infuse this with a stronger and fresher mint or citrus flavor, you can muddle mint leaves or lime wedges in with the lime juice in a cocktail shaker before adding your other ingredients.
- Add a little spice. The ginger beer itself already has a spicy flavor. But, if you want to double down on that flavor you can add some spice by muddling jalapenos or using .25 ounces of jalapeno syrup.
- Use a flavored sparkling water. Again you can capitalize and ramp up on the flavors in this drink by using a flavored sparkling water instead of plain club soda. A few ideas would be lime flavored sparkling water or orange flavored sparkling water.
- Copper Mug
- 2 oz club soda (optional)
- 4 oz Ginger beer
- .5 oz Lime juice
- 1 spring mint leaves (garnish)
As you get started you first need to make sure you have everything necessary for this recipe and including mint leaves, copper mug, jigger, lime juice, ginger beer and club soda.
Note: while the copper mug is a nice to have in this recipe, it’s not absolutely necessary. So, if you don’t have one you can still make this drink with any glass you prefer.
Go ahead and toss a couple handfuls of ice into the copper mug so that it is full up to the top.
Carefully measure .5 oz of lime juice and add it into the mug over the ice.
Carefully measure 4 oz of ginger beer and add it to the mug with the lime juice and ice.
Grab your club soda and pour it directly into the mug. You’ll want to fill it all the way up to the top.
If you want, you can measure the club soda. You’ll need about 2 oz to fill the cup.
Grab a sprig of mint and place it on top of the drink. Then, it’s ready to sip.
Moscow Mule Mocktail
- Copper Mug
- 2 oz Club Soda (optional)
- 4 oz Ginger Beer
- .5 oz Lime Juice
- 1 spring Mint Leaves
- Use the ice and fill the mug to the top with it.
- Take the jigger and measure out .5 oz of lime juice. Toss the lime juice into the mug.Note: Alternatively, if you can't measure in ounces. Add 1 tbs of Lime juice.
- Take the jigger and measure 4 oz of Ginger Beer. Toss the Ginger beer into the mug.Note: or, you can add ½ a cup if you don't have a jigger to measure in ounces.
- If you'd like to top it off with club soda, do so now. Pour the club soda directly into the mug. Or, use add 2 oz with the jigger (or 4 tbs).
- Toss a spring of mint on top and enjoy!