Cold Moscow Mule cocktail in copper mug on rustic background

How To Make Keto Moscow Mule: Keto-Friendly Drink For Your Health

Cold Moscow Mule cocktail in copper mug on rustic background

Moscow mule is a famous cocktail mainly made of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. Some drinkers love to garnish it with a lime wedge and mint leaves for added flavor and zest. Packed with up to 180 calories, health enthusiasts can still enjoy this delicious and refreshing drink guilt-free, thanks to the Keto Moscow mule.

The key in making Keto Moscow mule is to cut back on carbohydrates. You may use diet or sugar-free ginger beer, or you can skip the beer altogether and substitute it with ginger ale. You may also use grated fresh ginger to add flavor to your Moscow mule.

Keto Moscow Mule Recipe

Cold Moscow Mule cocktail in copper mug on rustic background top view

With the right ingredients, it is pretty easy to prepare and mix yourself a Keto Moscow mule. This quick and simple recipe will yield one serving of cold, bubbly, and keto-friendly Moscow mule.



  • An extra squeeze of lime
  • Mint leaves


Step-By-Step Guide

  1. Put the fresh mint leaves, grated ginger, and lime juice into the bottom of the copper mug and muddle them using a muddler or a wooden spoon.
  2. Add the ice cubes.
  3. Pour the vodka over the ice cubes.
  4. Slowly pour the lime-flavored sparkling water into the mug to mix all the ingredients.
  5. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and an extra squeeze of lime.

Overview of the Things You Need for Keto Moscow Mule

  • Vodka - The primary ingredient of the traditional Moscow mule is vodka. One of the many spirits that do not have carbohydrates, this clear and distilled liquor is perfect for making keto-friendly alcoholic beverages. Be sure to choose a high-quality brand for a cleaner-tasting Moscow mule.

  • Raw Ginger - By eliminating beer from the equation and using raw ginger, you can reduce the bulk of carbohydrates that will go in your drink while maintaining the gingery flavor that the Moscow mule requires.

    You can use other substitutes such as diet ginger beer and ginger ale to avoid consuming additional sugar and Moscow mule calories. Keep in mind that ginger beer offers a spicier flavor and less carbonation than ginger ale.
  • Fresh lime juice - Another classic ingredient from the original Moscow mule recipe that you can safely use for your keto version is fresh lime juice. With low calories, sugar, and carbs, lime is a keto-friendly fruit. According to nutrition experts, eating this fruit will not affect the fat-burning ketosis phase.

  • Sparkling water / seltzer - Since we dismiss using ginger beer to follow the strict low-carb keto diet, we need something to make this concoction bubbly and fizzy, hence the lime-flavored sparkling water. 

    To adjust the Keto Moscow mule’s concentration, you may add or reduce the seltzer amount that you will mix with the vodka.
  • Garnish - Traditionally, bartenders and mixologists garnish their Moscow mule with a wedge of lime or a sprig of mint. Not only are they pleasant in the eyes, but they also add flavors and zing to the drink. 

    You can be creative with your garnishes. For example, use a jalapeno if you fancy an extra spicy nightcap.
  • Ice - You can use crushed or cubed ice for this Keto Moscow mule recipe. It is best to serve Moscow mule chilled.

  • Muddler - You will need a muddler to mash the mint leaves, ginger, and lime juice in the bottom of the glass. This process (called muddling) will help release the flavor of these ingredients. You may alternatively use a wooden spoon.

  • Copper Mug - To enjoy the full experience of Moscow mule, drinkers love to sip their favorite drink from the traditional copper mug.

    Although it’s not particularly necessary, the copper mug is perfect for insulating the beverage, keeping its cold temperature for you to savor. You may also use a highball or any 16-ounce glass.

Tips on Turning Your Moscow Mule into a Keto-Friendly Drink

Cold Moscow Mules cocktail with a bottle of vodka

The Ketogenic diet (or most popularly known as Keto) is a kind of dietary regimen that requires high fat, moderate protein, and low carbohydrates. Typically, people on this diet aim for a daily carbohydrate intake of 20 grams or less. Here are some tricks to lessen the carbohydrate content of your Moscow mule.

1. Lower the amount of alcohol

Your alcohol tolerance tends to plummet when you’re under the keto diet. So to keep enjoying your Keto Moscow mule without getting tipsy, you may want to cut back on some alcohol. Since vodka packs the bulk of alcohol in this drink, you can reduce its amount for each serving.

2. Make it alcohol-free 

Another way to tweak the traditional Moscow mule to fit your keto diet is to find a non-alcoholic spirit to put in your Keto Moscow mule in place of vodka. Nowadays, there is a wide array of booze-free alternatives that you can choose from.

3. Pass up the ginger beer and go natural

The regular Moscow mule uses ginger beer that has lots of carbohydrates just like other beers (at least 10 grams of carbs per bottle). To make your very own keto version, we recommend using fresh ginger to achieve a more natural flavor while keeping out of extra sugar and Moscow mule calories.


Traditional Moscow mule is not keto-friendly as it contains high-carb ginger beer. But with the appropriate amount of the right ingredients, you can easily create your very own Keto Moscow mule recipe that will allow you to embrace the drink lover in you while regulating your daily calorie intake.

Did you find this keto-friendly recipe helpful? Let us know in the comment section below. Also, don’t forget to share this post with your fellow Moscow mule-drinking buddies.



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