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Orange Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe

An orange Moscow mule is the perfect cocktail for any time of year. This 4-ingredient mule recipe is a great way to make happy hour more fun! 

orange Moscow Mule garnished with a lime wedge and an orange slice

When the weather gets warm, I make cocktails. When the weather gets cold… I make cocktails.

My favorite thing about winter is all of the fresh citrus that is available at the grocery store.

Just the other day, I went to pick up some lemons and was surrounded by blood oranges, tangelos, tangerines, and Cara Cara oranges.

That sounds like I knocked over a bunch of fruit carts. That is not the case.

I just couldn’t get out of the citrus aisle. Too many intoxicating citrusy smells clouding my senses.

Moscow mules are one of my favorite cocktails because the classic Moscow mule recipe has just 3 ingredients. Keeping a well-stocked bar means you already have all the ingredients.

orange round being muddled in a Moscow Mule copper mug

Sometimes, though, you want to change it up with a fun twist.

I have made variations of Moscow mules before.

The Kentucky mule uses bourbon (my favorite!), the orange Italian mule includes Fernet Branca, the blackberry Moscow mule uses jam, and the blarney stone cocktail uses whiskey instead of vodka.

After that grocery store visit, I was craving a cocktail with a citrusy flavor, so orange Moscow mule it is! Regular oranges are available year-round, so an orange mule cocktail makes the most sense.

If you want to substitute some other kind of citrus, do it! The more citrus, the merrier.

ginger beer being poured into a Moscow Mule cocktail

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Orange Moscow Mule Cocktail

A traditional Moscow mule requires just a few simple ingredients: vodka, ginger beer, and fresh lime juice. I suggest using the best vodka you have on hand for simple cocktail recipes like this.

I muddled two orange slices and the lime juice to add the orange flavor before adding the ice. You can muddle in the copper cup or do it in a cocktail shaker. Then I added vodka and filled up my cup with cold ginger beer.

You can use any type of glassware, but copper mugs are most people’s go-to. There is just something about serving a drink with its appropriate glassware.

an orange Moscow Mule cocktail on a white napkin with ginger beer and mule garnishes in the background

Ingredient Variations

If you are not a fan of muddling, you can add 1-2 ounces of orange juice and a squeeze of lime juice to your Moscow mule mugs instead. 

Or you can skip the muddling using orange vodka or orange ginger beer.

Orange Moscow Mule Garnishes

orange mule cocktail with ice, lime and orange garnishes
orange mule cocktail with ice, lime and orange garnishes

Orange Moscow Mule

An orange Moscow mule is the perfect cocktail for any time of year. This 4-ingredient mule recipe is a great way to make happy hour more fun!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 175.8kcal


  • 6 ounces ginger beer
  • 2 orange slices
  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 2 tbsp lime juice


  • Muddle the orange slices and fresh lime juice in the bottom of a glass.
  • Add ice to the glass and pour the vodka over the ice. Top off the glass with ginger beer.
  • Garnish as desired.


Calories: 175.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.5g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 12.9mg | Potassium: 84.3mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 18.1g | Vitamin A: 73.5IU | Vitamin C: 22.8mg | Calcium: 19.7mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Sara Stone

Saturday 4th of March 2017

So simple yet so delicious...had to share this on our fan page, Jenny. :) Cheers!