The Champagne Moscow Mule is a bright and bubbly upgrade for the traditional ginger beer cocktail. Made with vodka, ginger liqueur, lime juice and champagne, this sparkling sipper is the perfect cocktail for toasting any special occasion.
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Champagne Moscow Mule recipe
The New Year will be here any minute and it’s time to chill the champagne!
Champagne cocktails are a great way to stretch a bottle of bubbly a little bit further. When you’re adding in mixers like juice and other liqueurs, you don’t need as much champagne to fill the glass, leaving you with more bubbly to pour.
Plus, they’re a little more sophisticated and fun than just a regular glass of champagne!
This Champagne Moscow Mule gives the classic Moscow Mule a delightful upgrade. It’s made with ginger liqueur, vodka and lime juice, plus sparkling champagne.
It makes a delicious cocktail for celebrating anything, or you can enjoy it to just use up the ginger liqueur in the back of your liquor cabinet.
Why you’ll love this recipe
A Champagne Moscow Mule is going to be your new favorite drink for parties!
- This champagne cocktail is perfect for celebrating anything!
- It has all the sweet, spicy and sour flavors of traditional mules with an added upgrade of ginger liqueur and sparkling wine.
- Drink this refreshing cocktail in the summer time or enjoy it for holiday celebrations like a New Year’s Eve party!
What is a Moscow Mule?
This Champagne Mule is based on the classic Moscow mule, which is an easy-to-make, 3-ingredient cocktail.
The original Moscow Mule recipe calls for vodka, lime juice and ginger beer and is usually served in a copper mug to keep the drink ice cold.
The mule is also a very versatile drink because you can make it lots of different ways.
- You can experiment with flavor. Try adding fruit flavors with juices, infused alcohol or simple syrup. The pear mule, the grapefruit mule and the yule mule are some of my favorites I’ve made.
- You can switch up the main spirit. While vodka is key to the traditional Moscow Mule, you can use other spirits to make mules. I’ve also made the Mexican Mule with tequila, the Czech mule with Becherovka and the French Mule with brandy. There are tons of variations!
- Or you can adjust the ginger beer. Spicy ginger beer is traditional, but you can even switch up this element with ginger ale or ginger beer concentrate. This is exactly what we’re doing here with this twist on the traditional mule. We’re using ginger liqueur and champagne to mimic ginger beer.
This champagne version of the Moscow Mule puts a big upgrade on the classic cocktail. It has all the same flavors, but the ingredients are different. Here’s what you’ll need:
Pick up a quality bottle for this vodka drink, somewhere in the $10-20 range. Use the best you can afford — that’s always my go-to advice for anything with drink mixing.
Anything super cheap will have a stronger alcohol taste, which will detract from the bright flavors of the lime, ginger and champagne.
In my Vodka 101 crash course, we talk about how to pick out a bottle of vodka, but my go-to brands right now are Tito’s, Deep Eddy and Absolut.
Feel free to mix up the vodka for gin, rum, bourbon or tequila if you prefer!
Ginger Liqueur & Bitter
Instead of the classic ginger beer in this Moscow Mule cocktail, this recipe calls for ginger liqueur. Domaine de Canton is the most popular brand on the market, but you may find others worth trying at the liquor store.
I also added a few drops of ginger bitters to this cocktail for an extra zing of ginger, but it’s totally optional.
If you don’t have either on hand, you can use ginger simple syrup instead, but it will make the drink a bit sweeter.
I always recommend fresh lime juice if you have it on hand, but feel free to use a good quality lime concentrate.
I use one of these citrus squeezers to get the most juice out of my limes.
Tip: Room temperature citrus is easier to juice than cold, refrigerated fruit. Set your citrus fruits out on the counter for a couple hours to warm up before juicing them.
Because champagne can only come from the Champagne region of France, it can be a tad expensive.
Any kind of dry sparkling wine, such as cava or prosecco, will work here too. Look for “dry,” “brut” or “extra brut” on the label.
My guide to sparkling wine can help you pick out a bottle and tell you more about the different types.
A great budget buy is Freixenet or La Marca, which are both in the $12-15 range. They are good quality yet they don’t break the bank.
How to make Champagne Mules
Get out the champagne flutes and let’s get mixing! (Just for fun — or a more authentic Moscow Mule experience, — you could use copper champagne glasses.)
First, pour in the vodka, ginger liqueur and fresh lime juice into each glass. Give them a light stir. (If you’re making a few, you can shake them on ice in a cocktail shaker.)
Top with your favorite sparkling wine. If desired, add a few drops of ginger bitters.
A lime twist garnish is a bit more elegant than the traditional lime wedge, but feel free to use a lime slice or wedge instead. Some fresh mint would also be pretty!
Non-alcoholic champagne mule
If you wish to have a non-alcoholic version of this drink on your party menu, here are a couple of options:
One way to do it would be to make a virgin mule and serve it in champagne flutes.
Another way would be to use ginger syrup, lime juice and top with club soda or sparkling lemonade.
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Champagne Moscow Mule
A sparkling Moscow Mule with Champagne is perfect for toasting the holidays or any special occasion!
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 ½ ounce ginger liqueur
- ½ ounce lime juice
- 3 ounces champagne, prosecco or other sparkling wine
- 2 dashes ginger bitters
- lime twist, for garnish
- Combine the vodka, ginger liqueur and fresh lime juice into a champagne flute. Stir together gently.
- Pour champagne until there’s about an inch of room from the top.
- If desired, add a few drops of ginger bitters on top of the champagne before serving.
- Garnish with a lime twist, lime wedge or lime wheel.
Any kind of dry sparkling wine, such as cava or prosecco, will work instead of champagne. Look for “dry,” "brut" or “extra brut” on the label.
Room-temperature citrus is easier to juice than cold, refrigerated fruit. Set citrus fruits out on the counter for a couple of hours to warm up before juicing them.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 1g
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