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Upgrading the classic Moscow Mule to this Spicy Pomegranate Moscow Mule. Vodka mixed with fresh lime juice, a squeeze of grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice, spicy jalapeños, and topped off with ginger beer…for a touch of sweetness and a little bit of bubbly! It’s both festive and warming, perfect for holiday parties and cold winter nights.

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It’s very rare that one of my brothers inspires a recipe, but if there was ever a recipe they could lend a helping hand in creating, it’s a cocktail.

They love a good drink, especially during our family’s Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. In between the cooking, you can usually find me mixing up cocktails, one by one, because everyone has their own preferences. And I always aim to please…it can be both a good and bad thing, but it’s what I do.

Over Thanksgiving there was a request for a spicy Moscow Mule. The second I heard the word spicy, I knew we had a new holiday cocktail that had to be made. I don’t know why I never thought to make a spicy Mule. But I’m so excited that the boys asked me, because this is one of those drinks that I’ll be making time and time again.

It’s so easy to make and loved by all!

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Here are the details.

Grab some vodka, limes, grapefruit, pomegranate juice, and jalapeños. Shake it all up to infuse everything with the heat from the jalapeños. Strain into your favorite Mule mug and top off with ginger beer. The ginger beer is KEY. To me, it’s what makes a good Moscow Mule.

You may notice that I used both lime juice and grapefruit juice, which is not traditional, but SO good. I love the double citrus action. And since the grapefruits are always so good this time of year, I love mixing them into as many cocktails as possible.

Also, you can make this as spicy or non-spicy as you’d like by simply adjusting the amount of jalapeños. I found that 2 slices (with seeds in) was the perfect amount per drink.

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Since so many of us are entertaining this time of year I gave the recipe for both a single serve drink and a pitcher. Which can easily be doubled if needed.

Tip? Keep fresh citrus, jalapeños, pomegranate juice, ginger beer, and an assortment of alcohol on hand during the holidays. You never know when you’re going to need to mix up a cocktail. As long as you have these pantry ingredients, you’ll always be able to make a great drink.

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Spicy Pomegranate Moscow Mule

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories Per Serving: 78 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • juice from 1/2 lime juice
  • juice from 1/4 of a small grapefruit, plus grapefruit slices for serving
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1-2 jalapeño slices
  • ginger beer, for topping
  • pomegranate arils, and fresh mint, for serving

Instructions

  • 1. Fill a cocktail glass with ice.
    2. Combine the vodka, lime juice, grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice, and jalapeños in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until combined, about 1 minute. Strain into your prepared glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish as desired. Enjoy!
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Spicy Pomegranate Moscow Mule Pitcher

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 179 kcal

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Instructions

  • 1. Combine the vodka, lime juice, grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice, and jalapeños in a large pitcher. Stir to combine and chill for 2 hours. The longer the jalapeños sit, the spicier the drink. Strain out the jalapeños and discard. Return the drink to the pitcher and chill until ready to serve.
    2. When ready to serve, fill the pitcher with ice and top off with ginger beer. Or fill glasses with the spicy mix and top each glass off with ginger beer. 
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  1. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe. Doubled the pitcher quantity and it has been a super hit every time, even in summer with lots of ice

    1. Hey there,
      Awesome!! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe:) I am so glad it was enjoyed! Hope you’re off to a great Monday! xxT

    1. Hi Marykate,
      Typically a light red/pink from the pomegranate juice. Let me know if you give the recipe a try, cheers! xT

    1. Hi Tracey,
      Wonderful!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  2. Wowza!!!! Absolutely delicious! Perfect balance of flavors. I made these for my husband and I the other night and the first word out of his mouth was…DAAAAMN!!!!!! We can’t stop making these. We are drinking so many we opted for the diet ginger beer to conserve some calories 😉😉

    1. Hey Jennifer,
      I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a try! Have a great week! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    This has become my family’s go-to drink. I triple it and pour it in a pitcher now. Barritt’s ginger beer is the brand we use!

  4. Any chance you can tell me where you got the mule mug? Really want to gift it to my Secret Santa with a copy of your recipe. Have looked online to find one with the birch, frosty look and no luck.

    1. Hey Wendy,
      Yes, you sure can! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  5. Hi Teigan,

    Our family is having a drink recipe with glassware grab bag. I love the recipe as well as the mug. Can you share where I can find that mug?

    1. Hi Maureen! I do! You can add how many servings you would like to make and it will change the recipe for you! I hope you love this! xTieghan

  6. 3 stars
    I made this for a Christmas party, and it was just OK. For the amount of work it was, I was hoping for better. I LOVE Moscow mules…. but something was off for me on this one. I would potentially make mules again with pomegranate juice, but think it was the grapefruit that threw it off.
    I couldn’t resist your pictures though!:)

    1. Hi Aimee! I am sorry about that! It could be the tartness of the grapefruit juice! I hope you love some other drinks of mine! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    Going to try this for our holiday party this year. When you say, top off with ginger beer about how much do you want per glass?
    Also, in your pitcher recipe the lime and grapefruit juice amounts do not change if you change the quantity. For folks seeing this issue, it appears to be correct for 4 servings

    1. HI! I use about a 1/3 cup of ginger beer. The pitcher is for 4 servings. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xTieghan

    1. Hey Kristina! I am sure either would be SO GOOD. Love that idea!! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan