Blood orange Moscow mules

This blood orange Moscow Mule is the perfect winter cocktail. Made with vodka, spicy ginger beer, blood orange juice, and garnished with fresh mint and sliced orange - and of course, served in a copper mug!

I really love blood orange season. The recipe developer in me longs for the beautiful fresh photogenic nature of blood oranges long after it's gone for the year. I hope to create many many new things for you this season.

I've really been on a cocktail kick because the weather is beautiful here in Oman, and I can't get enough of sitting outside and enjoying a good drink in the evening. This blood orange Moscow Mule is spicy, refreshing, just the right amount of strong and perfectly balanced with sweet freshly squeezed oj.

In this recipe we use good ol fashioned ginger beer. I've been meaning to get a homemade ginger beer recipe on the blog for so long now (you know me, I love to make everything from scratch, especially fermented things!) but since I don't have one yet, enjoy this ginger beer recipe one by the New York Times. And of course, you can just buy some at the store.

Ginger beer vs ginger ale, what's the difference?

Ginger Beer vs. Ginger Ale 

Ginger beer usually refers to non-alcoholic varieties, but even these contain very minimal alcohol due to the fermentation process. This type of soft drink is made by mixing water and sugar with ground ginger, this creates an environment that causes yeast cells on top of it convert part sugars into ethanol over time! It has a strong ginger taste that's zingy and spicy. You can also purchase alcoholic ginger beer, but it's not necessary to use in a Moscow Mule, since there is enough alcohol from the vodka. But - you do you!

Ginger ale is completely non alcoholic, and not an ale at all! It's a soft drink made like other soda: by mixing carbonated water with syrup. In this case, ginger syrup. Ginger ale is sweeter and much less spicy than ginger beer.

Can You Substitute ginger ale for ginger beer in a Moscow Mule?

Can you make a Moscow Mule if you don't have any ginger beer? Of course. Resourcefulness at it's finest! But, it will be delicious, but it won't really be a Moscow Mule anymore. Ginger ale will make your drink much more sweet and less spicy, if that's your thing!

Another variation uses ginger syrup instead of ginger beer. If you have some fresh ginger, make my soft and chewy homemade candied ginger and use the left over ginger syrup to spruce up this cocktail.

Ingredients in a blood orange Moscow Mule

Combine ingredients:

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 5 oz ginger beer
  • 2 oz blood orange juice

Optional garnishes:

  • 1 blood orange wedge
  • skewer of candied ginger
  • Fresh mint sprig

Serve immediately in a copper mug over ice and mix.

Garnish if desired

How to properly measure for your cocktail?

Get yourself a measuring cocktail jigger. Yes, that's what they're actually called! They come with professional bar kits. Here is a visual for one oz, so you can measure ingredients accordingly.

visual of 1 oz cocktail measurement

close up image of cold copper mug with blood orange and mint garnish, filled with blood orange Moscow Mule, next to a wooden citrus juicer

Blood orange Moscow mules

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This blood orange Moscow Mule is the perfect winter cocktail. Made with vodka, spicy ginger beer, blood orange juice, and garnished with fresh mint and sliced orange - and of course, served in a copper mug!

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 5 oz ginger beer
  • 2 oz blood orange juice
  • Optional garnishes
  • 1 blood orange wedge
  • Skewer of candied ginger
  • Fresh mint sprig

Instructions

  1. Pour all ingredients into a copper mug over ice and mix. Garnish if desired.

Notes

Serve immediately

Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 209Trans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgCarbohydrates 24g

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