Limoncello Moscow Mules

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Limoncello Moscow Mules are a fun twist on the classic mule. Substitute fresh lemons for limes, and add some limoncello. So refreshing for warm summer nights! 

Side view of two Limoncello Moscow mules in clear glasses, with lemon slices.

I love a good classic drink, but I also like to put a spin on it once in a while. So when I was out party supply shopping LAST SUMMER (yes, I’ve had it for awhile), I decided to pick up some Limoncello. If Giada likes it, I should too, right? But I left it sit because I couldn’t decide what to do with it.

Until right now!

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Side shot of a hand holding a limoncello moscow mule, against a black background.

Ingredients needed for Limoncello Moscow Mules:

  • Limoncello – An Italian lemon liqueur made from the zest of lemons, sugar, water, and alcohol. You can make your own, or buy it like I did.
  • Vodka – Moscow mules normally contain vodka as the main source of alcohol.
  • Lemon Juice – Just a small amount of freshly squeezed lemon juice, for just the right amount of tart.
  • Ginger Beer – There are several brands of ginger beer, but I prefer Fever-Tree.
  • Lemon Slices – For serving, of course.
Picture of my hand squeezing a lemon with other lemons in the background.
Side shot of four small jars showing the ingredients used for Limoncello Moscow mules.

`What is a Moscow Mule?

A traditional Moscow mule combines vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. It is normally served in a copper mug to keep the drink super cold.

This version is a spin on the traditional mule. Another version you might want to try are my Strawberry Mexican Mules.

A cocktail shaker pouring cocktails into glasses, with lemon slices.

 Party snack ideas for you to make with these mules:

Overhead shot of a Limoncello Moscow mule, wit lemon slices and lots of ice.

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Limoncello Moscow Mules

Limoncello Moscow Mules are a fun twist on the classic mule. Substitute fresh lemons for limes, and add some limoncello. So refreshing for warm summer nights! 
4.50 from 20 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 275kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf


  • 3 oz. limoncello
  • 3 oz. good quality vodka
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 4 oz. ginger beer – I use Fever-Tree
  • plenty of ice
  • lemon slices – for garnish
  • simple syrup – optional


  • Fill glasses with plenty of ice. Garnish with lemon slices.
  • Add the limoncello, vodka, fresh lemon juice, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake shake shake. Pour into glasses. Add Ginger Beer to the top of drinks and stir. Enjoy!


  • Tips for making THE BEST Limoncello Moscow Mules at home.
    1. The vodka. Use a good quality vodka. We like Kettle One and Absolute. If you use a cheap version, the taste will suffer.
    2. The Ginger Beer. Again, use a good quality. We always get Fever Tree, and there IS a light version as well.
    3. The Limoncello. Don’t buy cheap!
    4. ALWAYS use fresh lemon juice. This is important.
    5. Fresh lemon wedges. Gotta make it pretty.
    6. Ice. I like to use our cocktail shaker for these to get the drinks nice and cold.
    7. Simple Syrup. Use this if you like your drinks on the sweeter side. Just combine equal parts sugar to water (start with one cup of each), and bring to boil in small saucepan. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Remove and cool in refrigerator well in advance.
    8. You can also prepare in advance by making sure everything is nice and cold. Sometimes I put the liquors and the lemon juice in the refrigerate pre-party time.
  • If using simple syrup, start with an ounce per mug. You can always add more.


Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Sodium: 4mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin C: 5.5mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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  1. I’ve tried making this three times with three different vodkas. Each time, it curdled. My Limoncello I got in Italy. It is just not a good drink.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m not sure why this drink would curdle. This has never happened to me.

  2. I bought all the ingredients to make this recipe I’m super jazzed. It’s not summer where I’m at today, but I’m trying this drink. Thanks for sharing fun recipe.

    1. This recipe sounds delicious- can I use Absolut Citron as the vodka, or just plain vodka best in this?

      1. Suebee Homemaker says:

        I have only tested this with plain vodka, Kristy.

  3. Need to try this out on my hubby.

  4. Sharon A Plugge says:

    I am thinking of making these for a party. Can you make them in a large batch ahead of time?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yes, you can absolutely make a large batch ahead of time. Enjoy!

  5. Love these. Very ready to make and delicious. Very refreshing summer cocktail.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thank you so much, Tina!

  6. Definitely needs the simple syrup or it would be too tart. Delicious!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      So glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Laurie W. says:

    These look amazing! Is the nutrition count with or without simple syrup?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      The nutrition count doesn’t include simple syrup.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      We love it too! Thanks!

  8. Moscow Mules are my JAMMMMMMM!! This is a great version perfect for hot summer days!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks, Shari! I’m glad you like these mules!! 🙂

  9. I love a good Moscow Mule and this Limoncello version is an awesome option! It is so refreshing and light…. perfect for the hot summer months. Consider the tip that is mentioned and purchase a copper mug as it takes the drink up another level.

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