This is a fresh ginger Moscow mule recipe with freshly squeezed orange and lime juice.


Fresh Ginger Moscow Mule Recipe

Sometimes I wish every day could be Saturday! I go through phases when all I want to do is have fun, relax and sip on a cocktail or two with good company.

It’s summer after all and I wouldn’t be surprised if most of you felt the same way too! When I want something refreshing, my choice of drink is usually prosecco or vinho verde (major crush on vinho verdes this summer!).

Lately, however, I have been enjoying cool and refreshing cocktails like this fresh ginger Moscow mule recipe – oh YUM.


Moscow mules are making a comeback and it’s funny for me to see because I used to make them when I tended bar in Tokyo, back when Boyz II Men and vintage Levi’s jeans were all the rage.

Japanese people love cocktails and in order to work there I had to learn a long list of classics: salty dog, sidecar, mai tai, blue Hawaii, violet fizz, fuzzy navel and yes, Moscow mule. Some were more popular than others and the Moscow mule was one of them. Vodka, ginger ale and a dash of lime juice (we used Cordial) – boom.

More sweet than citrusy, it tasted like a really good glass of boozy soda pop.


Making a fresh ginger Moscow mule recipe from scratch takes no time and tastes so much better!

The recipe I have for you today is the exact opposite. This is a fresh ginger Moscow mule recipe with a squeeze of orange juice, lime juice and muddled with basil leaves.

Top it off with soda water and you’ve got yourself and major thirst quencher.

Most Moscow mule recipes are made using ginger beer (stronger in ginger flavor and less carbonated than ginger ale) but I prefer making it from scratch – it’s healthier.

Plus, I can’t get enough of that soothing, throat burning sensation of fresh ginger mixed with cleansing citrus and carbonated water – so refreshing!


You can make the base of this Moscow mule recipe in advance to save time if you are hosting a party or enjoy having more than just a glass. Muddle the sugar, ginger and basil, stir in the orange and lime juice and leave in the mixture the fridge.

When your guests arrive, you’ll only have vodka and soda water to add to the mix and voila! This fresh ginger Moscow mule recipe can also be served virgin for the younger crowd. Everyone’s happy!

Some light and bright snacks to serve with this fresh ginger Moscow mule recipe: crunchy quinoa and kale salad with peach dressing, baked chips and easy spicy guacamole, baked fennel and olive pizza, and a sweet and bright watermelon, strawberry and tomatillo salad.

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Fresh Ginger Moscow Mule Recipe

This is a healthy take on the classic Moscow mule – Fresh Ginger Moscow Mule Recipe with Orange Juice, Lime and Basil Leaves.

  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 ounes vodka
  • 3 teaspoons ginger (peeled and grated)
  • 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 4 leaves basil
  • 1 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup soda water (or seltzer)
  • lime and/or orange wedges for garnish


  1. In a mug or cup, add sugar, ginger and basil and gently muddle for a few second until basil becomes fragrant (until you can smell it).
  2. Add vodka and stir well until sugar has completely dissolved.
  3. Add orange juice, lime juice and a few ice cubes (3 or 4 big cubes) and stir.
  4. Add soda water and give it a quick stir.
  5. Serve this Moscow mule recipe garnished with lime and orange wedges.


You can also add a little cayenne pepper (just a sprinkle – cayenne pepper is very powerful!)

Keywords: recipe, cocktail, alcohol, celebration

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