Blood Orange Moscow Mule is a crisp, refreshing cocktail with a blend of vodka, ginger beer and plenty of fresh blood orange juice!

Blood orange mule in copper mug with blood orange and mint on top

I hope this Monday finds you fully recovered from your St. Patrick’s Day festivities….did you celebrate?  We always have the traditional feast and eat until we can’t eat anymore.

It’s like the Irish version of Thanksgiving!

If you’re still recovering from your weekend, please accept my apologies for greeting you with a cocktail on this fine Monday morning.

This Blood Orange Moscow Mule recipe needed to come your way because blood oranges won’t be around much longer and you’ve got to try this cocktail!

Overhead shot of blood orange mules with squeezed oranges and mint

I just republished my Roasted Beet Citrus Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette last week, so you may be thinking that I’m a bit obsessed with blood oranges at the moment.

If you must know….yes I am. 🙂

My sister-in-law came over last weekend for dinner and it was warmer that day and we both wanted something refreshing.  I love moscow mules (see this post for this blackberry mule!), so I suggested we have a mule.

I looked at all of the blood oranges in my fruit bowl and asked her if she wanted a blood orange mule.  She said yes and the rest is history. 🙂

I took a photo of it and posted it on my Facebook Fan Page asking readers if they wanted the recipe for it, and I got a resounding YES!

It generated quite a bit of excitement.

Blood orange mule ingredients

Now let’s discuss how to make this Blood Orange Moscow Mule recipe!

Moscow mules are very easy cocktails to make because they only require 3 ingredients — vodka, ginger beer and lime juice.  You can add  a sprig of mint to freshen things up, but that’s completely optional.

I substituted the lime juice with a whole lot of fresh blood orange juice for this Blood Orange Moscow Mule.  Each mule contains the juice of 1 entire blood orange, or about 1/4 cup!

Use your favorite vodka in this recipe — about 1 1/2 – 2 ounces depending on how strong you prefer your libations.

Yes, the blood orange makes this cocktail extra special, but it’s the ginger beer that will make it or break it.  There are so many varieties of ginger beer out there and I’ve pretty much tried them all.

In my opinion, the best ginger beer for a moscow mule is Fever Tree.  I wasn’t paid to say that, I just love this brand and won’t use anything else.

Fever Tree Ginger Beer is crisp, refreshing and not sweet or syrupy like so many on the market.  It has big ginger flavor, which is just what you want in your mule!

Fresh blood orange juice in a bowl

I had a 9.3 ounce bottle of Fever Tree and split it between (2) mules.  4.5-5 ounces is just the right amount of ginger beer for me.

I juiced the blood oranges and didn’t strain it before using it in the cocktail because why bother?  Most of the time the fruit is muddled in a cocktail leaving juicy bits of fruit throughout.

I think the juicy bits of fruit are part of the allure of having fresh fruit in a cocktail.  If you don’t agree with my logic, simply strain the blood orange juice.

So there you have it — all you need is 3 ingredients to make a Blood Orange Moscow Mule!

This drink is so refreshing and delicious, and the pretty color doesn’t hurt either. 🙂

Blood orange mule in copper mug with orange slices and mint sprigs on top

Yield: 2 mules

Blood Orange Moscow Mule

Blood orange mule in copper mug with mint sprig

Blood Orange Moscow Mule is a crisp, refreshing cocktail with a blend of vodka, ginger beer and plenty of fresh blood orange juice!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup fresh blood orange juice (about 2 blood oranges), plus 1/2 blood orange sliced for garnish
  • 3-4 ounces of vodka
  • 9-10 ounces ginger beer*
  • mint sprigs for garnish (optional)


  1. Fill (2) copper mugs half way with ice cubes.
  2. Divide the blood orange juice, vodka and ginger beer between the two mugs and stir.
  3. Place slices of blood orange in each cocktail and garnish with a sprig of mint if desired.
  4. Serve and enjoy!


  • Choose big, heavy blood oranges for maximum juice!
  • *I split a 9.3 ounce bottle of Fever Tree Ginger Beer between 2 mules.
  • I didn't strain the blood orange juice as I enjoy the pulp in my cocktail.

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