Chili Pepper Madness

June 13, 2016

Spicy Citrus Mock Moscow Mule

Spicy Citrus Mock Moscow Mule Spicy Citrus Mock Moscow Mule

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Refreshing! This mock Moscow Mule drink recipe will have you saying “aaaah” with freshly squeezed citrus, just a bit of sweet, lovely spice, and bubbly ginger beer.

Where we live, it is FINALLY backyard sitting time. We’re in the Chicago area, northern Illinois, and the weather isn’t so great most of the year, but when it IS great, we do our best to take full advantage of it.

Not long after we moved into our new home, Patty and I had a patio built with stamped concrete and landscaped around it. We are so happy with the yard. It overlooks an expansive pond that is home to all sorts of wildlife, from frogs and muskrats to herons, ducks and cranes. And turtles! We have so many turtles, you’ll find them sunning themselves along the shore or perched on rocks jutting up above the water.

It is truly serene, and we can sit there for hours enjoying the view. But if you’re going to sit there in the sun, relaxing, it is better to do it with a cold drink in your hand.

Behold, the Spicy Citrusy Mock Moscow Mule.

This drink was born out of a love for the traditional Moscow Mule, which includes a healthy portion of refreshing ginger beer. You’ve probably tasted nothing like ginger beer before. It is different from ginger ale in that it is actually brewed and fermented, and has a stronger “ginger” flavor. You’ll want the non-alcoholic version for this recipe, which isn’t hard because most ginger beer products on the market contain no alcohol.

Ginger beer, however, is not the only component. We’re including a healthy dose of citrus fruits in this drink because there is truly nothing more refreshing than freshly squeezed citrus fruit on a warm day in our backyard, especially when you have a tool like this one, our bar citrus juicer. Behold!

Spicy Citrusy (Mock) Moscow Mule - Recipe

We travel with this thing, folks. Whenever we drive out to the ocean, this baby is going with us. Whenever we can, and particularly now with our beautiful backyard weather, we’re juicing fruits for refreshments on the patio.

Your choices of citrus fruits are bountiful. We prefer slightly tart grapefruit and the flavor-pushing duo of lemon and lime. For us, it’s an ideal combination. If you can find the mellow pomelo, bring one of those along, too.

Spicy Citrusy (Mock) Moscow Mule - Recipe

To round out this drink, we want just a hint of sweetness. Today we’re using Born Sweet Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener.

Spicy Citrusy (Mock) Moscow Mule - Recipe

We like Born Sweet Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener because it uses no artificial ingredients. Plus, it has zero calories so we don’t have to worry so much about the waistline. It’s easy to sweeten up pretty much anything that can benefit from a tiny pop of sweetness, like coffees and teas, but especially our favorite backyard libations.

For this recipe, we’re making a super simple syrup using Born Sweet Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener and a bit of water. You don’t need much at all, as a ¼ teaspoon of Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener is as sweet as 2 teaspoons of sugar.

Spicy Citrusy (Mock) Moscow Mule - Recipe

Easy, right? With a combination of freshly squeezed citrus, a splash of ginger beer, and just a hint of zero-calorie sweet from real ingredients, it’s hard to not get excited about a day in the backyard. We’re giving your taste buds something new and amazing to get excited about!

Spicy Citrusy (Mock) Moscow Mule - Recipe

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Enjoy the weather, my friends! Here is the recipe

Spicy Citrusy (Mock) Moscow Mule - Recipe


  • ½ cup water
  • 1 packet Born Sweet Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener
  • 3 jalapeno pepper slices + more for garnish
  • Ice
  • Juice from 1/2 grapefruit
  • Juice from 1-1/2 lemons
  • Juice from 3 limes
  • 8 ounces non-alcoholic ginger beer
  • Lime wedges for garnish


  1. Make your simple syrup first by adding the water to a small pot. Add Born Sweet Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener along with three jalapeno pepper slices and heat to low. Heat 5 minutes until the sweetener completely dissolves. Cool. A simple syrup will form.
  2. Next, add ice to two glasses. To each add 4 ounces mixed citrus juice, 4 ounces ginger beer and 1 ounce simple syrup.
  3. Stir.
  4. Garnish with lime wedges and jalapeno pepper slices and serve!

If you'd like to purchase a juicer like the one we own, here is an affiliate link to Amazon: Maxam KTJUICE6 Chrome Prof Juicer. We love ours!

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1 comment

  • Comment Link John McKelvey June 18, 2016 posted by John McKelvey

    Hi Mike!

    Love your recipes and website! Could you tell me the brand of bar juicer you have pictured here and where they can be purchased? Thanks!

    REPLY: John, we got ours as a gift, but I added a link to the end of the post where you can purchase one very similar to ours. Good luck! -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

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