Miami Mule: Non-alcoholic Grapefruit and Ginger Beer Fizz Recipe

Step aside, Moscow Mule, there’s a new mocktail in town that will give you a run for your money! Meet the Miami Mule, a zesty and refreshing drink that packs a punch without the alcohol. 

Experience the sweet tang of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice with a zing of lime, all topped off with the fiery spice of ginger beer.  This non-alcoholic grapefruit and ginger beer mocktail will have you feeling like you’re sippin’ on sunshine. 

So forget the bar, grab your copper mug, and mix up a batch of this citrus delight. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz (120ml) ginger beer
  • 1 oz (30ml) fresh lime juice (approximately 1 large lime) 
  • 1 oz (30ml) fresh orange (approx ¼ orange)
  • 2 oz (60ml) fresh pink grapefruit juice (approximately ½ a large grapefruit)
  • ¼ teaspoon of freshly grated ginger (approximately ½ inch of ginger root)
  • ½ oz (15ml) agave syrup
  • Soda water (optional)
  • Mint to garnish (optional)
  • Ice

Equipment:

  • Copper mug (alternatively, I like to use a short double rocks glass)
  • Cocktail stirring spoon
  • Jigger or measuring spoons
  • Citrus juicer
  • Hand grater

Instructions:

  1. Fill the copper mug with ice.
  2. Add the fresh lime, orange, grapefruit juice, and grated ginger.
  3. Stir gently to combine.
  4. Pour in the ginger beer.
  5. Garnish with a sprig of mint, grapefruit and orange slices.

Note: If you don’t have a copper mug, you can use any short glass. The traditional copper mug not only adds to the presentation but also helps to keep the drink chilled.

Tips:  

  • I like to use fresh pink grapefruit for this recipe.  White grapefruit tends to be tangier, so feel free to experiment if you like it sour.  
  • You can turn this mocktail into a refreshing long drink by topping with soda water and serving it in a Collins glass.

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Miami Mule FAQ

Can I make a Miami Mule without ginger beer?

Yes, you can make a Miami Mule without ginger beer. However, ginger beer is a key ingredient in the traditional recipe and provides a distinct, spicy flavor. You can try using ginger ale or a ginger syrup in its place, but the taste may be slightly different.

How can I make a Miami Mule sweeter?

To make a Miami Mule sweeter, you can add a sweetener such as simple syrup (1:1 parts sugar to water), honey, or agave nectar to the drink. Start with a small amount, taste, and adjust as needed. You can also try using a sweeter ginger beer or ginger ale, or add a splash of pineapple juice.

Another option is to top off the drink with a splash of a sweet lemon-lime soda, or a fruit-flavored sparkling water. Experiment until you find the right balance of sweet and tangy that suits you.

Is a Miami Mule suitable for children?

Yes, a Miami Mule  is suitable for children as it does not contain alcohol.  That being said, it does pack a sugar punch, so don’t be surprised to see the children bouncing off the walls.  Additionally, some ginger beers contain caffeine, so it’s important to check the label and choose a caffeine-free ginger beer if you wish.

What can I use instead of a copper mug for a Miami Mule?

If you don’t have a copper mug, you can use any short glass or tumbler (or even a mason jar).  The copper mug is traditionally used because it helps keep the drink chilled.  So, you could also consider a stemmed glass to prevent your hands from warming the drink.

Can I make a Miami Mule in advance?

If you want to get ahead, you can juice and combine the citrus ingredients with the ginger up to a day in advance.  To avoid the drink from going flat, only add the ginger beer when you are ready to serve the drink.

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