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This light, refreshing Citrus Mint Moscow Mule combines muddled fresh mint, fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice, orange vodka and ginger beer for an easy-as-can-be cocktail that’s great for any occasion.

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The light, refreshing and easy Citrus Mint Moscow Mule

Light, refreshing and easy to make, the classic Moscow Mule is a great cocktail to make for parties, or just for a refreshing evening cocktail.

In this twist on a traditional Moscow mule, I use orange vodka, fresh muddled mint and grapefruit juice (rather than the classic lime). The result is a crisp, slightly spicy, slightly tangy treat that takes less than 5 minutes to make!

Just quickly muddle your mint with the vodka, squeeze in some fresh grapefruit juice, strain it over a glass of ice and top with some bubbly ginger beer. And that’s it- you’ve got yourself a Citrus Mint Vodka Mule!

What goes into the Citrus Mint Vodka Mule?

  • Orange flavored vodka.
  • Ruby red grapefruit juice. I prefer fresh squeezed for this recipe. The sweetness of the juice eliminates the need for simple syrup in this recipe!
  • 4-6 mint leaves, plus more for garnish. You’ll muddle these to release their flavor into the cocktail.
  • 4 oz non-alcoholic ginger beer. This give the mule it’s classic spicy flavor! If you like a sweeter and less spicy cocktail, you could use ginger ale.
Citrus Mint Vodka Mule

Tools for a great citrus vodka cocktail

A good cocktail shaker.

A muddler, or spoon, for muddling the mint leaves.

A set of copper mugs, or cocktail glasses. The copper mug is the classic choice for a Moscow mule, but use whatever you have!

A hand held juicer, for juicing the fresh grapefruit.

Looking for more great vodka cockails?

Boozy Brazilian Lemonade

Raspberry Vodka Spritzer

Vodka Limeade with Blueberry and Pineapple

Fennel Grapefruit Vodka Fizz

Cherry Vodka Sour

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Citrus Mint Vodka Mule

Prep Time2 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: cocktail
Keyword: citrus, mint, mule, vodka
Servings: 1


  • 1.5 oz orange vodka
  • 1/4 cup ruby red grapefruit juice, fresh squeezed
  • 4-6 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 4 oz ginger beer*


  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle vodka and mint, pressing mint leaves with the back of a spoon to extract their flavor.  Add grapefruit juice and shake well. Strain over a glass filled with ice. Top with ginger beer, garnish with fresh mint and serve! 


I got my non-alcoholic ginger beer from Aldi, but you can find it at most grocers.

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