This Raspberry mule is a simple twist on the classic cocktail, made sugar free and keto friendly! We make a super simple sugar free raspberry simple syrup with fresh raspberries to sweeten this cocktail without the calories or sugar. Take your simple syrup, some freshly squeezed lime juice, vodka, and top off with ginger beer.
This Moscow mule cocktail is light and refreshing, especially when served in copper mugs. It's perfect any time of the year. This vodka mule recipe is especially delicious when the weather starts to warm up. You'll need to start with this sugar free raspberry simple syrup first.
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- Homemade raspberry simple syrup - Here's the recipe and instructions for making this super simple sugar free raspberry simple syrup. Make a big batch and keep it in the fridge until you want to use it. It will keep for about one week in the fridge! You will want to prepare this part first, so that it has time to cool before adding it to the cocktail.
- Fresh lime juice - Freshly squeezed lime juice is essential to a Moscow mule cocktail.
- Vodka - Use your favorite vodka here, but again, this is what makes this cocktail a Moscow mule. If you want to add a flavored vodka (maybe raspberry perhaps?) then be sure to check out the nutrition facts. A lot of times flavored vodkas have added sugar, so just keep this in mind.
- Diet ginger beer - Another classic ingredient for a Moscow mule! We use Diet Goslings, it's our favorite, but feel free to use any diet ginger beer of your choosing. Don't have diet ginger beer? Diet ginger ale could work in a pinch, but it isn't quite a Moscow mule anymore. It would still be tasty!
- Ice for your copper mugs
- Lime slices, fresh raspberries, and herbs like fresh thyme or fresh mint for garnish (optional)
What's In A Traditional Moscow Mule Drink?
A classic Moscow mule is made with fresh lime juice, vodka, ice, something to sweeten it (like simple syrup) and ginger beer. Our raspberry mule just adds one simple twist, and it's the addition of a homemade sugar free raspberry simple syrup.
How Many Calories Are In A Moscow Mule?
A traditional Moscow mule has roughly 200 calories, and around 20 carbs, all coming from 20g of sugar. Yikes!
Our sugar free keto version has all the flavor, but is only 3g of net carbs, and 1g of sugar! Our version is only 146 calories as well. You can always lower the calories even further by adding less alcohol.
How To Store Simple Syrup:
The shelf lives for different kinds of simple syrup will vary widely just depending on what is in them. Since the simple syrup we use in this recipe has fresh raspberries in it, you will only want to keep it for about a week.
To store it safely, keep it in a clean, air tight container in the refrigerator. We prefer using glass containers since they are easy to clean and sterilize.
Does Ginger Beer Have Alcohol In It?
First things first, let's clear a few things up. Ginger beer is actually not alcoholic at all! Even though it has the name "beer" in it's name, it's actually non-alcoholic! You can consider how "root beer" is named, in a similar fashion to ginger beer.
So, what is ginger beer you ask? Good question. Traditionally, ginger beer is fermented with sugar and ginger to create an effervescent, fizzy drink with a strong ginger taste, similar to kombucha. When using diet ginger beer, the sugar and fermentation element is taken out, to remove the sugar of course. Sadly, diet ginger beer is not fermented.
Diet ginger beer is essentially a non-alcoholic mixer with a very strong, ginger taste. It’s such an amazing mixer, you will find it in a ton of our drinks. Our favorite brand is diet goslings ginger beer. You can find it at Target or many stores around the US. You can also buy it on Amazon.
If you can’t find diet ginger beer, our second choice would be this sugar free ginger lime Sparkling Ice. It’s delicious! Diet ginger ale would also taste great in this cocktail, but I don't think you could technically call it a Moscow mule anymore. 😉
Is Ginger Beer Gluten Free?
Ginger beer is traditionally (and naturally) gluten free! We can understand the confusion, if you thought it was made in a similar fashion to regular alcoholic beer. Fear not, ginger beer is gluten free. Even though beer is in the name, like we mentioned, you don't need to worry.
It's always a good idea to check labels of different brands just to be sure if you are celiac. That goes for anything though! Reading labels will prevent any mistakes from happening.
More Recipes To Try:
- Keto Spiced Pear Moscow Mule
- Low Carb Raspberry and Pomegranate Cocktail
- Sugar Free Lavender Martini
- Keto Summer Herb Gin and Tonic
- Sparkling Strawberry Basil Vodka Lemonade Cocktail
- Rosé Ginger Paloma (Low Carb)
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How To Make a Raspberry Moscow Mule:
It's super simple to make this raspberry mule cocktail recipe. You will start by preparing your homemade raspberry simple syrup. You can make it up to 7 days in advance and keep it in the fridge in an air tight container.
You will want to prepare the simple syrup first so it has time to cool. The simple syrup should not be warm when adding it to the cocktail, or else it will melt all of your ice.
To prepare your cocktail, fill your copper mug with ice. Add in freshly squeezed lime juice, followed by your sugar free raspberry simple syrup.
Add in your vodka, then top it all off with your diet ginger beer. Give it a good stir. Garnish with lime, raspberries, and fresh herbs if desired. Enjoy!
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- 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 ounce homemade sugar free raspberry simple syrup
- 2 ounces vodka
- Top with diet ginger beer
- Ice for copper mugs
- Raspberries, lime, herbs for garnish (optional)
- In an ice filled copper mug, add in lime juice, raspberry simple syrup and vodka. Stir with a bar spoon.
- Top with diet ginger beer, fresh raspberries, lime slices, and herbs. Serve immediately.
These nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy and are only estimates. We cannot guarantee the accuracy.