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How to Make the Best Virgin Moscow Mule

This Virgin Moscow Mule is a refreshing twist on the classic Moscow Mule minus the alcohol.

Bursting with zesty citrus, ginger, and a touch of sweetness, this mocktail is a perfect non-alcoholic beverage for the “alcohol occasion”.

Reducing our overall alcohol intake supports healthy aging.

Read on to learn how to make this twist on a classic favorite!

What is a Moscow Mule?

The Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail originating from the 1940s. It traditionally includes vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice.

The cocktail’s history intertwines with its unique presentation, often served in a copper mug.

Despite its name, it originated in the US and gets its name from the ingredients.

Moscow is derived from Russian vodka, and the mule comes from the “kick” associated with ginger beer.

The Moscow Mule has become a timeless favorite, inspiring different varieties, including this Virgin Moscow Mule.

Virgin Moscow mule in 2 copper mugs.
Traditionally, people serve Moscow Mules in a copper mug.

Benefits of Alcohol Alternatives / Mocktails

  1. Decreases alcohol consumption.
  2. Allows for “social drinking” without the effects of alcohol.
  3. Provides an alternative for designated drivers.
  4. Supports healthy lifestyle efforts.
  5. Creates an inclusive social environment.
  6. Increases quality of life (no hangovers).

You can learn more about alternatives to alcohol in this Age-Defying Dietitian blog post, “Alcohol Alternatives: A Buzz without the Alcohol or the Hangover”.

A group of people at a rooftop party
Mocktails offer an alternative for the “alcohol occasion”.

What is a Virgin Moscow Mule?

A Virgin Moscow Mule is a non-alcoholic version of the classic Moscow Mule.

It retains the iconic flavors of the original cocktail, ginger beer, and lime, but excludes vodka, making it a good option for those looking to abstain from alcohol.

Mocktails and alcohol alternatives offer an option for the sober curious to celebrate without the alcohol or the hangover!

Check out more alcohol alternatives in this Age-Defying Dietitian blog post, “Best Alcohol Substitutes for a Summer Buzz“.

Ingredients in this Virgin Moscow Mule

  1. Lime juice
  2. Lemon juice
  3. Ginger beer (non-alcoholic)
  4. Honey
  5. Ice
  6. Mint leaves (optional)
moscow mule ingredients; lime, ice, ginger
Iconic flavors of the original cocktail include ginger & lime.
2 Moscow Mules in copper mugs

Virgin Moscow Mule

Kathryn Piper RDN LD NBC-HWC
This Virgin Moscow Mule will quickly become one of your favorite mocktails! It's packed with zesty citrus and ginger with a fizzy twist.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 150 kcal


  • 2 copper mugs


  • 1 Lime Juiced
  • 1/2 Lemon Juiced
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 cups Ginger beer (non-alcoholic)
  • 1 cup Ice cubes
  • 1 Thinly sliced lemon and/or lime wheel Garnish
  • Fresh mint leaves Garnish


  • In a glass or small pitcher, combine the freshly squeezed lime and lemon juices. Add the honey and stir well to infuse the flavors.
    A glass pitcher of water with lemon slices floating at the top.
  • Divide the citrus base equally between 2 copper mugs. Fill each mug with ice cubes, allowing them to be about two-thirds full.
    2 Moscow mules in copper mugs
  • Pour 1 cup of ginger beer into each mug.
    A bottle of ginger beer, an ingredient in the virgin Moscow mule.
  • Stir gently to ensure the flavors are well-distributed.
    Pitcher of water infused with lemons and limes.
  • Garnish with lemon and/or lime wheels. For an extra touch of freshness, add a few fresh mint leaves into each mug.
    Lemon rind
  • Sip to enjoy this Virgin Moscow Mule without the negative effects of alcohol.
    Top of a Moscow mule drink
Keyword Moscow Mule Mocktail, Virgin Moscow Mule

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply unwinding after a long day, the Virgin Moscow Mule is a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage.


3 copper mugs of Moscow mules surrounded by decorative lime wedges
Cheers to mocktails!

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