low carb Moscow mule in a copper mug

9 Low Carb Moscow Mule Recipes That Suit Your Healthy Diet

low carb Moscow mule in a copper mug

Enjoying your favorite drink doesn’t have to be unhealthy and guilt-ridden. Although many alcoholic beverages are naturally high in carbohydrates, certain alcohol types can fit your low-carb diet. Or you can always make your very own low carb Moscow mule every time the craving strikes.

Transform your traditional Moscow mule into a healthier, low-carb version by replacing ginger beer with a sugar-free diet variant or ginger ale. You may also use homemade ginger beer with less sugar and carbohydrates than the ones you buy in the store.

1. Classic Low Carb Moscow Mule

Classic low carb Moscow mule on wooden table

One of the easiest and simplest low carb Moscow mule recipes that you can find, it only uses three main ingredients—sugar-free beer, vodka, and fresh lime juice—to create a perfect drink that is refreshing, delicious, and healthy. Using diet ginger beer helps avoid unnecessary carbs and extra sugar.

Calories per Serving: 99 kcal
Net Carbs: 1g


How to Make

  1. Fill your stirring glass with ice.
  2. Pour lime juice and vodka into the stirring glass. Stir the mixture until the glass is frosted.
  3. Using a strainer, strain the mixture into the copper mug with ice.
  4. Fill the copper mug with diet ginger beer. Stir to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Garnish your drink with a lime wedge and fresh mint leaves.
  6. Serve and enjoy.

2. Low Carb Minty Moscow Mule

Low Carb Minty Moscow Mule 

This recipe adds homemade ginger syrup to the traditional Moscow mule, resulting in a sugar-free and low carb Moscow mule. Enjoy a rich-tasting drink without worrying about exceeding your daily carb intake.

Calories per Serving: 134 kcal
Net Carbs: 1.5g

Ginger Syrup Ingredients

How to Make Ginger Syrup 

  1. In a small saucepan, put ginger, water, and sweetener.
  2. Put the saucepan over a stove in high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Let it cool for an hour, then strain the mixture. Pour into a clean jar. You may store the ginger syrup in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. 

Moscow Mule Ingredients

How to Make the Moscow Mule

  1. Put the vodka, ginger ale, lime juice, and ginger syrup into a small pitcher.
  2. Stir thoroughly.
  3. Put some ice in a copper mug and pour over the mixture.
  4. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
  5. For a more robust mint flavor, you may muddle the mint leaves in the bottom of your mug before drinking.

3. Skinny Low Carb Moscow Mule with Green Tea

Homemade Moscow Mule with Green tea

This low-carb recipe uses diet ginger beer instead of the regular one. It also adds some green tea to make your standard Moscow mule less sugary. Green tea, well-known for its high antioxidant content, offers some beneficial effects against alcohol intoxication. Plus, it provides additional flavors to enhance the drink’s taste and aroma.

Calories per Serving: 147 kcal
Net Carbs: 2g


How to Make

  1. Mix vodka, lime juice, and ginger and pour the mixture into a copper mug or any glass filled with ice.
  2. Add the ginger ale and cooled brewed green tea.
  3. Using a lime slice and a sprig of fresh mint, garnish your cocktail drink.

4. Low Carb Cranberry Moscow Mule

Festive Moscow Mule with Cranberries 

This low carb Moscow mule recipe adds cranberry to the mix, creating an excellent combination of sweetness and tartness. Make sure to use 100% cranberry juice, not concentrated juice or cranberry juice cocktail, as they have much higher carbohydrates. Also, you may want to check its label as each cranberry juice brand has different carbohydrates content.

Calories per Serving: 120 kcal
Net Carbs: 6g


How to Make

  1. Fill the copper mug or cocktail glass with ice about halfway. If you don’t like ice in your drinks, you can use a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, and diet ginger ale or diet ginger beer. Stir well or shake if you’re using a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients while simultaneously chilling the mixture thoroughly.
  3. Garnish it with fresh cranberries and lime slices to make your Moscow mule more festive. This step is optional.

5. Low Carb Pumpkin Moscow Mule

Pumpkin for low carb Moscow Mule

If you’d like to add an extra zing to your Moscow mule without putting additional carbohydrates on it, try this low-carb recipe. Spice up your favorite drink with pumpkin pie spice and real pumpkin to further enhance its flavor. This recipe yields two servings. 

Calories per Serving: 77 kcal
Net Carbs: 1g 


How to Make

  1. Put the pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vodka, lime juice, vanilla extract, and ice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake well to mix all the ingredients, then divide the cocktail into two copper mugs.
  3. Pour the diet ginger ale or diet ginger beer to taste.
  4. Add some ice.
  5. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

6. Low Carb Blackberry Moscow Mule

Blackberry Moscow Mule

This berry-infused low carb Moscow mule is refreshing, delicious, and nutritious, making it the perfect cocktail during summer. With the added blackberries, it offers a fruity flavor that goes well with practically anything.

Calories per Serving: 159 kcal
Net Carbs: 3.4g


How to Make

  1. Put the mint and blackberries in a pitcher and smash them to release the flavors.
  2. Pour in lime juice, vodka, and lime slices. Stir well to mix the ingredients.
  3. Gently add the diet ginger beer.
  4. Put ice cubes in a copper mug or any glass and pour the cocktail.
  5. Serve with extra blackberries and mint.

7. Low Carb Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Apple Cider Vinegar

Here’s another low-carb Moscow mule recipe that you might want to add to your list. Some people may not like apple cider vinegar, but it makes a tasty Moscow mule when it’s mixed with other ingredients. Plus, it is healthy and allows you to indulge without any guilt.

Calories per Serving: 106 kcal
Net Carbs: 0.5g


How to Make

  1. Combine vodka and apple cider vinegar in a glass.
  2. Squeeze the lime juice into the glass, tossing in the wedge.
  3. Add the ice cubes.
  4. Sprinkle the ground cinnamon.
  5. Pour in the diet ginger beer or diet ginger ale.

8. Low Carb Spiced Pear Moscow Mule

Bartlett pear

This low carb Moscow mule recipe substitutes lime with lemon and adds pear to the mix, creating a low-calorie, sugar-free drink. A perfect holiday beverage, this cocktail has festive and warming flavors that you will love.

Calories per Serving: 158 kcal
Net Carbs: 5g

Spiced Pear Syrup Ingredients

How to Make Spiced Pear Syrup

  1. In a small saucepan, combine water, cinnamon, star anise, diced pear, and brown sugar substitute. Bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cover the saucepan to allow the mixture to simmer for about 30 minutes.
  3. Strain the mixture to remove the pear and whole spices.
  4. Let the pear syrup cool down.

Moscow Mule Ingredients

How to Make the Moscow Mule

  1. Fill a copper mug with ice.
  2. Add in the lemon juice, spiced pear syrup, and vodka.
  3. Using a bar spoon, stir well to mix the ingredients.
  4. Pour diet ginger beer into the mug.
  5. Garnish with rosemary for added flavor. You may also top it off with cinnamon sticks, lemon wedges, or a slice of pear.

9. Low Carb Raspberry Moscow Mule

Raspberry Moscow Mule in a copper mug

This recipe uses homemade sugar-free ginger beer to make your traditional Moscow mule less sugary, low-carb, and low-calorie. For a refreshing, fruity flavor, it also adds fresh raspberries to your favorite cocktail drink.

Calories per Serving: 139 kcal (excluding garnishes)
Net Carbs: 2.8g  (excluding garnishes)

Homemade Ginger Beer Ingredients

How to Make Ginger Beer

  1. Put water and ginger root in a blender and blend for about 10 seconds.
  2. Using a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth, strain the ginger mixture and pour into a saucepan.
  3. Add the fresh lemon juice to the saucepan and heat the mixture over medium-low heat.
  4. Put the brown sugar replacement and stir until it dissolves.
  5. Cook the mixture.
  6. Let it cool down.
  7. Pour ¼ cup of the ginger concentrate mixture into a glass and add one and ½ cups of sparkling water (one serving).

Moscow Mule Ingredients

  • 1 serving Homemade ginger beer
  • 1/3 cup Fresh raspberries, plus a few more for garnish
  • 4 fl. oz. Vodka
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh Mint leaves
  • Lime slices 

How to Make the Moscow Mule

  1. After preparing the sugar-free ginger beer, crush fresh raspberries with a fork and place them, together with lime juice, in a shaker.
  2. Add vodka and ice to the shaker and shake well to mix the ingredients.
  3. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth into two copper mugs or tall glasses.
  4. Top it off with ginger beer and some ice.
  5. Garnish your cocktail with fresh mint leaves, lime slices, and raspberries.


Suppose you are on a strict diet and still want to enjoy your favorite alcoholic beverage occasionally. In that case, the low carb Moscow mule recipe is one of the many healthy options available for you. The key is to choose your drinks wisely and consume them responsibly and in moderation.

Which of these low carb Moscow mule recipes would you like to try? Let us know in the comment section below. And if you find this article helpful, feel free to share it with your fellow Moscow Mule lovers who are on a low-carb diet.



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