This Grapefruit Rosemary Moscow Mule adds a winter twist to the traditional Moscow Mule by adding tangy freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice and rosemary. The spice of the ginger beer combined with the sweeter juice of the grapefruit makes it the perfect sip.
I’m a huge fan of Moscow Mules because I honestly love any drink with ginger beer! I feel like Moscow Mules are a typical summer drink because of the fresh lime juice.
I’m on a mission to make all of my favorite summer drinks into the perfect winter cocktail by adding in-season ingredients. Moscow Mule was very high on that list!
When I decided I wanted to winter-ize the Moscow Mule, I was immediately inspired by the classic Paloma. A Paloma combines freshly-squeezed lime juice and grapefruit soda or grapefruit juice for a light and refreshing drink.
Because grapefruits are at their best during the winter months, it was the perfect solution! I find grapefruits a sweeter and stronger citrus so it could stand up to the strong aromas of the rosemary.
What is a Moscow Mule?
A traditional Moscow Mule is a vodka-based drink with freshly-squeezed lime juice and ginger beer. The spice of the ginger beer mixed with the fresh lime juice makes for a light and refreshing bubbled drink.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- VODKA - A must have in any Moscow Mule, pick any kind of vodka; my go-to is Tito’s. To change it up you can try tequila or mezcal!
- GRAPEFRUIT - fresh grapefruit juice is best for the freshest grapefruit rosemary Moscow Mule. If you’re short on time, store-bought grapefruit juice will do.
- LIME - Freshly-squeezed lime juice adds the must-have acidity for this drink. Without it, the drink will be much too sweet! I prefer to use a fresh lime that I juice, but you can use store-bought lime juice if you're short on time.
- ROSEMARY - One sprig of rosemary is all it takes to incorporate herbaceous winter flavors into this grapefruit rosemary Moscow Mule. No crazy simple syrups here!
- GINGER BEER - An absolute necessary ingredient for a Moscow Mule, I used Regatta’s light ginger beer for a lower calorie option. Any ginger beer you can find is fine - solid choices include Regatta or Fever Tree.
How to Serve a Moscow Mule
You won’t need a cocktail shaker for this drink! A Moscow Mule is best served over ice in a copper mug. Copper mugs respond to the temperature of whatever is inside. Because the recipe is cold the mug instantly becomes cool and keeps the drink colder for longer.
If you don’t have a copper mug, that’s totally fine! Just use an old-fashioned glass.
Want to change this Winter Grapefruit Rosemary Moscow Mule up?
- Use mezcal or tequila to swap for vodka.
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Grapefruit Rosemary Moscow Mule
- 2 OZ Vodka
- 1.5 OZ Lime Juice
- 2 OZ Grapefruit Juice
- 4 OZ Ginger Beer
- Fill your cup with ice.
- In order, pour the grapefruit juice, lime juice and vodka into your cup.
- Top with ginger beer.
- Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and rosemary sprig.