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How to make a Skinny Moscow Mule

Moscow Mules have remained a popular cocktail for some time now, with most liquor stores selling the quintessential copper mugs also. There is a reason for the Mule’s popularity.  They are awesome and delicious!  The ginger beer however, tends to be quite sweet and it comes pre-bottled so it is difficult to modify. The Skinny Moscow Mule recipe below is basically a DIY ginger syrup. There is also a recipe for a moderately sweetened Moscow Mule which uses Ginger Lime Syrup instead of ginger beer. It’s all good, as the saying goes.

Skinny Moscow Mule made with Ginger LIme Syrup and served in a copper mug
Skinny Moscow Mule

The “Relatively” Skinny Moscow Mule

The Ginger Lime Syrup used in this recipe still contains sugar, but using the syrup instead of the pre-bottled ginger beer allows you to sweeten the mule to your preference. In addition, the limes in the syrup are fresh-squeezed limes and the ginger is infused whole gingerroot rather than artificial flavoring.

While not under 100 calories like the skinny version, this recipe definitely takes the Moscow Mule to a new level.  No muddling necessary.

The Recipe:

  • 2 oz. of your favorite Vodka
  • 1/2 oz of Ginger Lime Syrup
  • a few ounces of club soda
  • A squeeze of lime
  • Top it off with some fresh mint if you have it available (almost as good without it however!)

Now if you want to change it up a bit, make a “Mexican Mule” by replacing the vodka with tequila.

Recipe for a Skinny Moscow Mule

Moscow Mules and Mexican Mules are delightful year-round, but come January we start thinking “skinny”.  According to the Wall St. Journal, our interest in losing weight and getting in shape starts dying off the third week in January and then peaks again in March (getting ready for spring break they postulate).  

Well, if you want to stick to your skinny goals for a while in January and you’re willing to put in a little more effort, try this Skinny Moscow Mule.  Not quite as sumptious, but still very good and only 98 calories.

Skinny Moscow Mule ingredients laid out on table
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5 from 1 vote

Skinny Moscow Mule

Prep Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: low carb alcohol, moscow mule, skinny cocktails
Servings: 1
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Dorothy Stainbrook


  • A “muddler” is handy


  • 1/2 oz. lime juice or juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1 Tbsp ginger Freshly grated
  • 1 sprig fresh mint More for garnish
  • 6 oz diet ginger ale


  • If you have a copper mug, use it for a more authentic Moscow Mule drink. If you don't have one, use any sturdy glass or cup. *note: if you are going to strain out the shredded ginger and mint, use a different cup to ”muddle” ingredients so you can strain into copper mug later.
  • Add fresh lime juice, vodka, shredded ginger and mint sprig to bottom of cup and muddle (or mash together with a blunt utensil if you don’t have a muddler) to combine flavors.
  • You can strain the ingredients into your copper mug at this point if you don't like the idea of shredded ginger in your final drink). Once strained (or not) add ice to the mug and top off with diet ginger ale. Garnish with mint if using.


Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 4mg

If you go overboard on the cocktails and winter holiday indulgence and want some help in diet coaching, explore my (and other’s) diet coaching over at the site.  It’s a great place to find online coaching of all kinds, including productivity habits, writing coaching, diet and fitness, mindfulness, and much more!

Here is a video of how to make the Skinny Mule.  The guy in the background is my husband and I did NOT have anything to do with coaching him.

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