Skinny Moscow Mule

Are you trying to cut sweeteners from your diet? Then this Skinny Moscow Mule is the cocktail you’ve been dreaming about!

We love a tasty Moscow Mule, Kentucky Mule, or any kind of ginger beer cocktail.

I am/was (because I never stick to a diet) trying to eliminate all sugars from my diet. Yes, even stevia. Came across this Skinny Moscow Mule and gave it a try…absolutely yummy!

Skinny Moscow Mule

I recently saw a rerun of Dr. Oz with Molly Sims promoting her cookbook. She made this cocktail and we just had to try it. I was surprised how crisp, refreshing and absolutely delicious this drink tasted.

Sugar free, low carb cocktail? Count me in! Yes, you could use a sugar free ginger beer or diet ginger beer but the amazing fresh flavor from this recipe is WAY better!

How to make a Moscow Mule with ginger beer substitute

Make 1 cup of hot green tea, add a 1-inch piece of fresh ginger and steep for 10 minutes. Chill.

Muddle the green tea, grated fresh ginger, lime juice, and 2 or 3 fresh mints leaves. We had to do this in a wide-mouth jar because our pitcher was too tall.

Skinny Moscow Mule in 2 copper mugs garnished with a lime slice and fresh mint leaves

Pour the muddled ingredients into a pitcher, add 1 cup of your favorite vodka, and 2 cups of sparkling water (soda water). Molly Sims used ginger-flavored sparkling water but we couldn’t find any in our area. So we made adjustments to the recipe.

We decided not to add ice to the pitcher because we were afraid it would water the drink down.

Skinny Moscow Mule - two copper mugs filled with cocktail on a tray of ice garnished with a lime slice and fresh mint leaves

Fill your copper mugs (or any other glass) with crushed ice and pour the cocktail into each cup.

Skinny Moscow Mule - two copper mugs filled with ice and cocktail in a tray of crushed ice

Enjoy this guilt-free cocktail! Do I prefer the sugar loaded ginger beer better? Of course, but when trying to trim the pounds this cocktail was completely satisfying. Next time I think I will try cutting the fresh lime juice back to 1/3 cup instead of 1/2 cup. It might be a little too much lime juice for some, so cut back if this applies to you.

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Low Carb Moscow Mule Recipe

Skinny Moscow mules in copper mugs on a tray of ice garnished with fresh mint.

Skinny Moscow Mule Recipe

Skinny Moscow Mule – Sugar-free cocktail! Yes, no added sweeteners at all. Crisp, light, and totally refreshing. It’s five o’clock somewhere, right?
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Course: Beverage, Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Steeping Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 147kcal
Author: Leigh Harris


  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup green tea, chilled
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1/3-1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2-3 fresh mint leaves
  • crushed ice
  • lime slices and fresh mint leaves for garnish


  • Muddle green tea, lime juice, grated ginger and mint leaves in a wide mouth jar.
  • Pour into a pitcher, add the vodka and sparkling water and stir. (you can add ice to the pitcher but we didn’t want it to water down)
  • Fill copper mugs or glasses with crushed ice, pour the cocktail over ice and serve with a garnish of one lime slice and a sprig of fresh mint.


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 9mg

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