Grapefruit Moscow Mule

The Grapefruit Moscow Mule is a sweet-tart cocktail for any season. Tangy grapefruit, ginger beer and vodka make a terrific trio.

grapefruit mule cocktail on a pink hexagon plate with a copper spoon and rosemary

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Four years ago this week, I had a grapefruit Moscow mule on a first date with a guy.

Last September, I married that guy.

So today we’re toasting to the last four years, all the ups and downs, with a grapefruit Moscow mule recipe of our own.

a grapefruit moscow mule on a pink hexagon plate with rosemary garnish, a copper cocktail spoon and half a grapefruit

When I saw the rosemary grapefruit Moscow mule on the menu at the cocktail bar we went to (he let me pick, supposedly because I know a thing or two about cocktails), I had to have it.

I adore mule drinks, as evidenced by the many you’ll see here: the classic vodka Moscow mule, the Kentucky mule with bourbon, Mexican mule with tequila, the yule mule for the holidays. I love them all.

There’s something about that ginger beer and citrus combo that is absolute magic.

Now add grapefruit? Sold. So that’s what I ordered.

two grapefruit mule cocktails garnished with rosemary and a grapefruit wedge on a pink plate

Chris didn’t know what to order, so he ordered the same thing I did.

Honestly, I was kind of surprised, because he seemed like a whiskey dude and… I knew he just ordered a pink drink.

I wasn’t sure if he knew it would be a pink cocktail, but I figured he just had menu paralysis (something I am familiar with). But if he was surprised to be served a peachy pink drink, he didn’t show it.

However, his first sip resulted in major pucker face, and he spent the next 30 minutes trying not to make that face again. It was very clear he was not a fan of grapefruit!

Yet I pretended I didn’t notice. But he drank it! And obviously neither of us let that ruin our date! The rest, well, you know.

top view of a grapefruit moscow mule on a pink hexagon plate with rosemary garnish, a copper cocktail spoon and half a grapefruit

Okay, so first date nostalgia aside, let’s talk about this Grapefruit Moscow Mule.


A Moscow mule is a cocktail made with vodka, lime juice and ginger beer, and it’s often served in a copper mule mug with crushed ice.

It’s an easy sipper that nails the balance between a smooth spirit, the hint of sour lime and the sweet but spicy kick of ginger beer.

I love the mule for its versatility. Change out the liquor or citrus and you have a new cocktail — but it’s still a mule. Take this kumquat Moscow mule for example.

The mule is one of the easiest cocktails to make your own.

Which is why this grapefruit mule works.

two grapefruit moscow mules in glass and copper mugs on a pink plate and garnished with rosemary


Instead of lime, we’re opting for grapefruit. Its semi-sweet juices make for an elevated Moscow mule.

Some say this bitter fruit is an acquired taste (and it well may be, given my husband’s avid disregard for it), but it’s a star in this cocktail.

Vodka and ginger beer provide balance — smoothness and sweetness to pair with the sourness.

For a garnish, I chose a sprig of rosemary from my herb garden. The green leaves contrast beautifully with the peachy hues of the grapefruit juice, and the fresh scent is a perfect match for grapefruit. They are a perfect match.

a grapefruit mule made with ginger beer and vodka on a pink hexagon plate


To be quite honest with you, a Moscow mule cocktail can be served in a copper mug — or not!

Copper mule mugs are the quintessential glassware for a mule drink because they help to keep the drink ultra cold. But they’re totally not necessary.

If you don’t have one and only have a regular glass, that’s totally fine! This is your cocktail.

rosemary garnishes on a pink plate with a grapefruit mule cocktail

The sweet-tartness of this grapefruit Moscow mule will be incredibly refreshing this summer.

I hope you fall in love with it just as I did! (And maybe you’ll fall in love too, just as I did!) // susannah

grapefruit mule cocktail on a pink hexagon plate with a copper spoon and rosemary

Grapefruit Moscow Mule

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
The Grapefruit Moscow Mule is a refreshing, sweet and sour cocktail that's full of delight.
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  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ¾ ounces grapefruit juice
  • 4-6 ounces ginger beer
  • 1 sprig rosemary for garnish
  • 1 slice grapefruit for garnish


  • Fill a copper mule mug with crushed ice.
  • Top with vodka, grapefruit juice and ginger beer.
  • Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a sprig of rosemary.

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nutrition information

Yield: 1 cocktail

amount per serving:

Serving: 8ounces Calories: 288kcal Carbohydrates: 40g Protein: 2g Fat: 0.4g Saturated Fat: 0.1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g Sodium: 9mg Potassium: 388mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 30g Vitamin A: 2975IU Vitamin C: 86mg Calcium: 65mg Iron: 1mg
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