This Grapefruit Moscow Mule is just the right balance of spicy freshness that is the ginger beer and fresh grapefruit combo. Making a wonderfully refreshing cocktail. Perfect for sipping on the deck with friends, at a bridal shower or holiday gathering. This recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, or even multiplied by 24 for a crowd.

It’s no secret that I love a good mule cocktail and now that the weather is warming up you can find me sipping on either a Sangria Mexican Mule, Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule, or a Caramel Apple Moscow Mule for the rest of the season.

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Fresh Grapefruit Moscow Mule

It’s time to add some color to your life!

What better way to brighten up your day than with a fresh, colorful, and delicious Grapefruit Moscow Mule. This fun and fruity spring/summer sipper is the best thing that’s happened to the Moscow Mule since they decided to start serving it in copper mugs.

The fresh grapefruit, spicy ginger beer, and tangy lime juice mix together perfectly with just enough vodka to make this an equally sweet and boozy weekend drink.

Once you try your first sip, you’ll have one in your hand for the rest of the season. 

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How Did Moscow Mules Begin? 

Moscow Mules actually have a really interesting back story. It all started in the 1940s at a bar in Manhattan that began serving the combination of ginger beer and vodka.

The bar wanted to give a drink a very unique look, so they special ordered copper mugs to serve the drink in and began to photograph all the patrons drinking their cocktail out of these fun cups. 

Soon after, the photos began circulating, and it took off in American culture. From that point on the Moscow Mule was a household staple and is still served in homes and bars across America.

Why are they always in copper mugs?

I’m glad you asked, because contrary to popular belief, the copper mug isn’t just all about aesthetics when it comes to how we serve up a Moscow Mule.  Ask any Moscow aficionado and they will say they live and breathe by the copper mug standards. 

For a drink that’s this well suited for summer, you need as much help as possible to keep the drink as cold and refreshing as the moment you got it. The cold metal from the copper mug is great at preserving the cold temperature of the liquid.

The copper also helps to enhance the individual flavors of the ginger beer, vodka, and lime. It can help and enhance the taste of the vodka and heighten the citrus of the lime, while also adding more fizz to the ginger beer. 

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What if I’m Not A Fan of Grapefruit?

I’d say that even if you aren’t a huge Grapefruit fan, don’t shy away from this cocktail. The grapefruit, while it complements the cocktail well, it does not shine through at the forefront of the flavor combo.

The grapefruit simply added a little bit of a tart flavor to mix with the spicy ginger beer and tangy lime juice. It creates an amazing balance for a cocktail you’ll love no matter what.

If you don’t believe me, I had two grapefruit haters try this cocktail and they agreed it was extremely refreshing and would drink it again. So, if they loved it, I think you will too!

How To Make A Fresh Grapefruit Moscow Mule 

(full printable recipe at the end of this post)

This is one of my favorite drinks to throw together on a whim because it’s so easy and takes almost no time to mix up. Check out for yourself just how simple it is to prep your own fresh grapefruit Moscow Mule. 

Gather your ingredients:

  • Vodka
  • Freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice 
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Ginger beer
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Grapefruit to garnish

Get mixing:

Using a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, grapefruit juice, and lime juice and shake until well mixed. Then you’ll fill a copper mug with ice and add the cocktail mixture to the mug.

To finish, just top it off with chilled ginger beer and give it a brief stir. Garnish with rosemary and grapefruit, serve, and Enjoy!

Fresh Grapefruit Moscow Mule cocktail in copper mugs

Cocktail Making Tips For This Grapefruit Moscow Mule

Easily juice a grapefruit: A grapefruit is too big to use a lemon or lime juicer, so here’s a little hack I love to use: Using a small bowl that’s a little bit smaller than the size of the grapefruit, press it into the grapefruit to extract the juice while twisting the grapefruit against the bowl.

Chill the ingredients: Even though you’ll add ice to this cocktail, it’s best to work with chilled ingredients for the best results. Warm ingredients can tend to melt the ice and water down the cocktail.

Serve it in a copper mug: To take the preservation of a chilled cocktail a step further, serve it in a copper mug. It’s been shown that the copper helps insulate the drink and keep it ice cold and refreshing even longer.

Find the right ginger beer: Just like with most beverages, every brand has a different taste. I’ve played around with a lot of them, and have found that my personal favorite is Fever Tree. I love the level of spice they have, but feel free to sample a few different brands to find which one is right for you.

Fresh Grapefruit Moscow Mule cocktails in copper mugs

Find More Perfectly Refreshing Spring Cocktails Here

Frozen Raspberry Margarita Don’t settle for the same-old margarita this summer.  Fire up the blender, grab some raspberry sorbet and make this margarita.  A quick refreshing party cocktail they will love.

Elderflower Sangria A delicious summer sipper that comes together in minutes.  The hardest part about it? Waiting for the flavors to chill and mingle in the fridge before you can drink it.

Rosé Summer Sangria with Berries Refreshing Rosé Summer Sangria perfect for cooling off in the summer heat. Wow your guests and serve up this easy rosé sangria recipe at your next party!

Cherry Gin Fizz The perfect answer to the hot and muggy days and the perfect beverage to enjoy when you have fresh sweet cherries on hand. A few simple ingredients and a few minutes are all that is needed to make a glass of this perky drink.

Watermelon Grapefruit Wine Slush Take your bottle of Riesling to the next level with this recipe for a watermelon grapefruit wine slush. It’s the backyard BBQ drink of the summer.

Tequila Blackberry Lemonade The perfect drink for relaxing during the summer. You can make a lot ahead of time and put them in mason jars for your friends to grab at your next barbecue!

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You’re Going To Be Craving This Cocktail!

If you made it through this whole post without picturing yourself sitting by a pool with the breeze in your hair, and a grapefruit Moscow Mule in your hand, then clearly we are very different people. Just while writing this I’ve dozed off into that daydream at least three times.

What I’m trying to get at here is that this cocktail is the real deal, and you’re not going to want to miss out on it, so get to that recipe now and whip up your new cocktail obsession.

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Grapefruit Moscow Mule

Grapefruit Moscow Mule

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This  Grapefruit Moscow Mule is just the right balance of spicy freshness that is the ginger beer and fresh grapefruit combo. Making this cocktail wonderfully refreshing. Perfect for sipping on the deck with friends, at a bridal shower or holiday gathering. 


  • 2 ounces vodka, chilled
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed chilled pink grapefruit juice (about 1/2 grapefruit)
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 3 ounces chilled ginger beer (I prefer the spiciness of Fevertree)
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • sliced grapefruit to garnish


  1. Using a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, grapefruit juice, and lime juice. Shake until well mixed.
  2. Fill a copper mug (or a rocks glass) 3/4 full with crushed ice. Add cocktail mixture to the mug, top it off with chilled ginger beer and give it a brief stir.
  3. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and a slice of grapefruit and serve.


  • want it sweeter? Add 1/4 ounce of simple syrup.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, or even multiplied by 24 for a crowd.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 390Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 153mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 3gSugar: 50gProtein: 2g

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