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Rosemary Grapefruit Moscow Mule – A Vodka Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 8, 2023 by Leah Hall

A Tart and Herbal version of a Moscow Mule, this Grapefruit Moscow Mule is great for anytime of year!


A crisp refreshing Moscow Mule is delightful drink! It’s a pleasing combination of sweet, tart and fizzy, which is why Moscow Mules are some of our favorites. We are always looking for new variations to make, and with rosemary from our garden and some fresh grapefruit we had a great pairing! We figured that a Rosemary Grapefruit Moscow Mule would be just the thing to dress up a plain Moscow Mule as a citrus and rosemary cocktail!


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Rosemary Grapefruit Moscow Mule in copper mugs with grapefruit slices, ginger and rosemary sprigs. Flowers in background

Copper Mugs / Garnish Picks / Crystallized Ginger

Grapefruit Moscow Mule

One of our favorite herbs to use in cooking and in cocktails is rosemary. We always have rosemary simple syrup in our fridge, dried rosemary in our spice cabinet and even rosemary growing in our herb garden! Rosemary has a great cool, almost evergreen flavor which pairs up really well with citrus flavors, which means rosemary is definitely a star in cocktails, too.


For this cocktail, we used our rosemary simple syrup to add a fresh sweet rosemary flavor. The rosemary simple syrup is one of our standards, and we like using it in drinks where we want a cooling herbal flavor like our Rosemary’s Pear cocktail.

Rosemary Grapefruit Moscow Mule in copper mugs with grapefruit slices, ginger and rosemary. Vodka bottle and flowers in background

.Fresh grapefruit is another fantastic ingredient to use in cocktails. Grapefruit and rosemary is a delicious combination. The sweet tart and slightly bitter grapefruit brings out the cool herbal flavors and perfume of the rosemary. Add in the spicy warming note of ginger beer and you get a melding of flavors that play across your tongue, each sip a delightful refreshing burst of flavor.

What Ingredients are Needed for the Rosemary Grapefruit Moscow Mule?

  • Rosemary Simple Syrup
  • Grapefruit Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Vodka
  • Ginger Beer


We kept a splash of fresh lime in there to add a bit of acid brightness, plus traditionally a mule has to have a little lime in it! We used a smooth drinking local vodka made from American grains as well as the grapefruit and rosemary flavors don’t need any other help to be bold and delicious.


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Rosemary Grapefruit Moscow Mule in copper mugs with grapefruit slices, ginger and rosemary. Flowers and vodka bottle in background

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Garnish with a grapefruit wedge, Crystallized Ginger and a sprig of fresh rosemary! This Moscow Mule is sure to be a hit! If you think this Rosemary Grapefruit Moscow Mule sounds great, check out some of our other Moscow Mules, we have tons of them that are fantastic!


Why Copper Mugs for Moscow Mules?

The copper mug keeps the drink cool, and the metal stays cold, so your drink stays cold longer! Always a great thing. Make sure the lining of the mug is stainless, tho!




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Rosemary Grapefruit Moscow Mule, in copper mugs with candied ginger, rosemary and grapefruit slices. Vodka bottle and flowers in background
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Rosemary Grapefruit Moscow Mule - A Vodka Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

A citrus and herbal version of the classic Moscow Mule cocktail.


Rosemary Grapefruit Moscow Mule


Mix vodka, juices and syrup in a copper mug.

Add crushed ice.

Top with ginger beer.

Garnish with a sprig of rosemary, a grapefruit wedge and a piece of candied ginger.


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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274Total Fat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 1gSugar: 16.1gProtein: 0.6g

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Monday 16th of October 2017

Rosemary and grapefruit are a brilliant pairing! I can imagine that they must be amazing with the spicy ginger beer. I definitely don't make enough mules, and your delicious recipes are making me realize that I must change that!

Sarah @ Champagne Tastes

Monday 16th of October 2017

I love herb-infused simple syrups! I make lavender syrup all the time, but I don't think I've tried rosemary! I'll have to do that next!


Sunday 15th of October 2017

Rosemary simple syrup is such a fun twist. I like it in the mule.... but can't wait to try it in a French 75 cocktail make too! Cheers!

Garlic + Zest

Wednesday 11th of October 2017

I make a honey thyme simple syrup for cocktails, but have never tried rosemary. Now I wonder why I haven't, because it sounds like the perfect accent for tons of drinks. You're right about that "evergreen" flavor - it's crisp and herbal. Grapefruit is also one of my favorite juices -- I prefer the tangy flavor to plain oj. I know what we're starting our next "date night" with!

Hannah Chester

Friday 6th of October 2017

That looks so delicious - I'd never have thought to put rosemary in a cocktail!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 8th of October 2017

Thanks so much! Rosemary is one of our favorite herbs to use in cocktails! Cheers!

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