Lemon and Sage Moscow Mules Recipe

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Bringing you all another unique twist on the classic Moscow Mule with this refreshing Lemon and Sage Moscow Mules recipe! These yummy libations are perfect for the summer when lemons are in abundance!

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Moscow Mules Recipe in a copper tumble

For this drink, instead of lime juice, we used lemon juice, then a dash of limoncello, fresh muddled sage and delicious ginger juice simple syrup!

How To Make This Lemon Moscow Mule

  • In a saucepan combine ¾ cup ginger juice and ¾ cup sugar and bring to a simmer until sugar is melted. This will make the ginger simple syrup for the recipe. If you don’t want to make your own, this one is REALLY good!
  • In a copper mug, muddle sage leaves with ¾ ounces ginger simple syrup.
  • Add in the vodka, lemon juice, a dash limoncello, and stir.
  • Fill with ice and add in sparkling lemon water. Stir really well before serving.
  • Add in more sparkling lemon soda if you need!
top down shot of lemon and sage moscow mule

Ginger Syrup In This Moscow Mules Recipe

Ginger syrup give these Moscow mules a lovely depth of spice and warmth, complementing the zesty ginger and subtle herbal notes of the sage perfectly.

Speaking of ginger syrup, I have two types that I really love. One is an organic ginger juice and allows you to make your own simple syrup. The other is Liber & Co. Fiery Ginger Syrup that is already made for you and is super gingery and spicy! Both ways make for great authentic Moscow mule recipes.

Also check out our complete guide for making your own homemade simple syrup.

side shot of moscow mules recipe in a cup

Using Copper Mugs

This Moscow mules recipe works best if delivered in a copper vessel!

The most scientific benefit of using copper moscow mule mugs is temperature. For centuries, the best drinkers have known that chilled drinks in copper cups offer an extra-cool sensation, due to the metal quickly taking on the icy temperature of the cocktail.

We’ve gone for a slight twist on the classic mug, instead of copper mugs, we used copper tumblers! They’re modern and different and look beautiful on a table setting!

lemons on a table for the moscow mules recipe

Origins Of The Moscow Mule

The mule was born in Manhattan but “stalled” on the West Coast for the duration. The birthplace of “Little Moscow” was in New York’s Chatham Hotel. That was back in 1941 when the first carload of Jack Morgan’s Cock ‘n’ Bull ginger beer was railing over the plains to give New Yorkers a happy surprise.

The Violette Family helped. Three friends were in the Chatham bar, one John A. Morgan, known as Jack, president of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products and owner of the Hollywood Cock ‘n’ Bull Restaurant; one was John G. Martin, president of G.F. Heublein Brothers Inc. of Hartford, Conn., and the third was Rudolph Kunett, president of the Pierre Smirnoff, Heublein’s vodka division.

Martin and Kunett had their minds on their vodka and wondered what would happen if a two-ounce shot joined with Morgan’s ginger beer and the squeeze of a lemon.

Ice was ordered, lemons procured, mugs ushered in and the concoction put together. It was good. It lifted the spirit to adventure. Moscow Mules were born!

This story was well known for years, however in 2007 a new version of the invention of the Moscow mule cocktail was published. In this version the cocktail’s inventor was Wes Price, Morgan’s head bartender and the drink was born out of a need to clear the bar’s cellar that was packed with unsaleable goods such as Smirnoff Vodka and ginger beer.

cocktails on a table

Top Tips For This Moscow Mules Recipe

  • Making your own simple syrup is quick and easy and it’s really good! but you can buy it if you like.
  • Serve in a copper mug.
  • Add more sparkling soda to taste.
  • Garnish your mules with a thick lemon twist!

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LEMON AND SAGE MOSCOW MULES

This Moscow Mules Recipe is a twist on the classic Moscow Mule. Using the awesome combo of lemon and sage, this is one delicious and refreshing cocktail that's perfect for summer!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 165kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ounce vodka
  • 3/4 ounce ginger simple syrup, see below how to make it
  • 1/2 ounce sparkling lemon water
  • 3 large sage leaves
  • 1 dash limoncello

Instructions

  • In a saucepan combine ¾ cup ginger juice and ¾ cup sugar and bring to a simmer until sugar is melted. This will make the ginger simple syrup for the recipe. If you don’t want to make your own, this one is REALLY good!
  • In a copper mug, muddle sage leaves with ¾ ounces ginger simple syrup.
  • Add in the vodka, lemon juice, a dash limoncello, and stir.
  • Fill with ice and add in sparkling lemon water. Stir really well before serving.
  • Add in more sparkling lemon soda if you need!

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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