On warm days like these, I don’t know who doesn’t love a fresh, cool, revitalizing skinny ginger mule!
The mule has a interesting story behind it really. It originally popped up in the 40s and experienced a rush of popularity due to some clever marketing and hard work on behalf of it’s founders. It faded away in the groovy times of the 60s and has recently, I’d say in the past 3-5 years, made a comeback to relevance and is quite frequently featured as a signature cocktail at most popular resturantes. Check out the BoozeNews for a full write-up on the story. I always appreciate the history, but also feel compelled to add a little creative dimension to my SkinnyTinis. You will find that the Skinny Mule is quite a bit different than its original, but equally light and refreshing.
Your Traditional Moscow Mule
- 1 1/2 oz vodka
- 3oz ginger beer
- 1 tsp simple syrup
- 1/4 oz lime juice
- Few mint leaves
- 1 lime wedge
Calories: 148 for a 5 oz mule
Here’s how I made it Skinny
The highest calorie contributors in the original mule are from the simple syrup and the ginger beer. And for those of you who don’t know…ginger beer is completely booze free, so don’t go looking for it in the liquor aisle. It’s really just a ginger flavored soda…kinda like ginger ale? Why not! Diet ginger ale is one of my favorite mixers in SkinnyTinis because it’s fizzy, light, has zero calories and is really easy to find. Yes, it’s artificially sweetened. But the flavor isn’t bad and if you’re terribly adverse to artificial sweeteners, then Trader Joe’s makes a great all natural version sweetened with stevia. Either product is waaaay sweet enough, so the simple syrup is simply irrelevant!
I doubled the amount of ginger ale as well, simply to make it a larger, fuller cocktail. The larger your drink is, the longer you can drink it and the fewer you will have to order — thus, saving you even more calories!
Skinny Ginger Mule Recipe
- 1 1/2 oz gin
- 6 oz diet ginger ale
- 1/4 fresh lime
- Fresh basil
- Pinch fresh shreded ginger
Calories: 98 for 8 oz Mule.
Directions: Add gin, freshly shredded ginger, basil and lime juice and muddle to draw out extracts and mix flavors. Add ice, top with ginger ale, stir, garnish with fresh lime and serve!
You’ll notice I also added some fresh ginger and switched out the mint for basil. Um, ya — and I also used gin over vodka. Lot’s of changes here, but I think you’ll find this an interesting new twist on a traditional classic. If your still a fan of the vodka-mint combo, no problem! You can still use these main base ingredients with the original accent flavors and still experiences a lighter version of you favorite cocktail.
This Skinny Ginger Mule should be the perfect compliment to a long week or afternoon weekend celebration. Do you have great plans this weekend? Add this recipe to your itinerary. No plans this weekend? Make the Skinny Ginger Mule a reason to celebrate! Cheers!
What is your favorite skinny, summer cocktail?