A Citrus Twist On The Classic Moscow Mule Cocktail



This citrus infused Moscow Mule goes perfect with food that has some kick - Michelle Lara

This citrus infused Moscow Mule goes perfect with food that has some kick – Michelle Lara


As most of you probably know I love to re-create some of my favorite cocktails on my blog Cupcakes, Cocktails & Kids, so when Robyn asked me to create a Moscow Mule for GrillGrrrl.com I was ecstatic.  I actually have never tried the cocktail – the most I knew about them is they’re traditionally served in a beautiful copper mug {which are easier to find nowadays but can be a bit pricey.}

Being that I knew little about them when I started researching for recipes, I was surprised to find out there was ginger beer in them. I’m not much of a  beer drinker so I was curious as to what ginger beer actually tastes like.  It has a spicy taste but is light and refreshing.

After a few taste tests I found the spiciness of the cocktail was a bit over-powering so I played around with different flavor combinations and found adding a citrus infused simple syrup lightened the intensity of the spice and added a great brightness to the drink.

This is the perfect cocktail to make when entertaining, you can easily mix up a pitcher for your next BBQ. It also goes great with food that has a little heat in it, like these delicious Wasabi Lime Chicken Wings.



(makes about 3 cocktails – if serving a crowd multiply + serve in a pitcher): 

2 oz of good quality vodka

3 oz of fresh lime juice

4 oz of ginger beer

1 oz orange infused simple syrup {boil 1 part sugar and 1 part water with the peel of 1 orange till the sugar fully dissolves, allow to cool}

a handful of fresh mint



In a cocktail shaker combine the vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, simple syrup and a few springs of the mint leaves.  Shake for a minute or two and serve over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge, an orange peel and mint leaves.

Michelle Lara

Michelle lives in South Florida with her husband, and two children. When she's not contributing on GrillGrrrl.com you can find her on her site: CupcakesCocktailsAndKids.com where she dishes on family, food and fashion.

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