How Many Calories Are in a Moscow Mule?


How Many Calories Are in a Moscow Mule?

Yes, we all know the Moscow Mule is delicious, but like so many cocktails, there’s a caloric price to pay for imbibing in one.

This average recipe (depending how you personally pour your Mules) results in a grand total of 182 calories.

Between the vodka, addition of simple syrup, ginger beer, and lime, a traditional Moscow Mule breaks down a little like this:

  • 1.5 fl oz of Vodka (96 calories)
  • 3 fl oz of ginger beer (36 calories)
  • 1 tsp of simple syrup (48 calories)
  • 1/4 fl oz of lime juice (2 calories)

Still, all is not lost, and there are countless great way to help you limit the calorie count of your Moscow Mule, without limiting the flavor.

1. Add less Alcohol: we get it, this one is going to be hurt to hear, but a primary source of calories in a Moscow Mule is going to found in alcohol. Unfortunately for us, science has not yet some up with a way of producing a less-calorically dense version of our favorite boozes. In this instance, if you wanna cut the calories, you’re just going ot have to cut the serving.

2. Put your Mule on a Diet: Another main sources of calories in a Moscow Mule is the ginger beer, thankfully, unlike the alcohol listed above,it’s a great place to trim some calories from the total without sacrificing much else. Though many brand name ginger beer maker’s produce ‘diet’ versions, they came be hard to come by. So barring that, trying substituting diet ginger ale with some fresh ginger mixed in. This will cut the calories down to zero while still maintaining a fresh ginger kick.

3. Sub the Syrup: Okay, so this last one isn’t likely to save you many calories, but it will help you introduce a more ‘complete’ form of sugar to your body that’s easier to process. For example if you can find unrefined cane sugar, this is always preferable to glucose/fructose. And if you’re even more adventurous, why not try natural complete sugars like honey or light maple syrup?

A Moscow Mule is never going to be calorie free (or if it is, probably not worth drinking), but with trying some or all of the tips above you can slowly but surely work your way to a leaner, meaner Mule recipe.