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Jalapeño Moscow Mule

    A spicy twist on the traditional Moscow mule recipe, this version is made with gin, jalapeños, and ginger beer. The perfect drink that’s zesty, spicy, and not too sweet.

    Holding a jalapeño Moscow mule

    Whenever I try a new cocktail at a restaurant, I love going home and making it my own. These spicy Jalapeño Moscow Mules were inspired by just that. For me, that typically means dialing down the sweetness, doubling the citrus, and kicking up the spice level a bit. I like my cocktails zesty, spicy, and not very sweet. If you’re like me, then you’ll love this take on a Moscow Mule!


    • Mint sprigs: Fresh mint adds a brightness and hint of sweetness to this spicy drink.
    • Jalapeño: Deliciously spicy, while remaining mild enough for most to enjoy.
    • Lime juice: Lime pairs wonderfully with both jalapeños and vodka or gin, balancing the flavors.
    • Gin or vodka: A classic Moscow mule is made with vodka, but I tend to prefer mine with gin. Either make for a great cocktail.
    • Ginger beer: A little zesty, a little sweet, and strength of each varies depending on the brand. Use your favorite to finish the cocktail to be perfect for you.

    How to Make a Jalapeño Moscow Mule

    Liz slicing jalepenos

    Start your Jalapeño Moscow Mule by thinly slicing your jalapeños, cutting your lime,and preparing your mint sprigs.

    Muddling lime jalapeno and mint

    Add lime slices, jalapeño, and mint sprigs to a pitcher. Then using a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon, muddle all of the ingredients together to release the flavors.

    Liz adding gin to pitcher

    Next add the gin to the pitcher, not removing any of the ingredients.

    Liz adding lime juice

    Next add freshly squeezed lime juice.

    Liz stirring gin with ingredients

    Then stir everything together for infuse the flavors.

    Liz pouring cocktail into glasses

    Strain into copper mugs full of ice, filling to about 3/4 of the way to the top. Finish off each glass with ginger beer to the rim.

    Jalapeño Moscow Mule

    If you’re feeling fancy, garnish with additional lime wedges or jalapeño slices. Serve and enjoy this spicy Jalapeño Moscow Mule cocktail.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Do you leave the seeds in the jalapeno for the muddled mixture?

    Leave the seeds in for a spicier drink or remove for a more mild result.

    How do I make this drink sweeter?

    I think the ginger beer adds enough sweetness, but you can add a simple syrup to make the drink sweeter to your liking.

    Do you have to use a copper mug to serve Moscow mules?

    It’s traditional and fun to serve in a copper mug, but you don’t have to!

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    Liz drinking jalapeño Moscow mule.

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    Jalapeno moscow mule

    Jalapeño Moscow Mule

    4.32 stars average
    A spicy twist on the traditional Moscow mule recipe, this version is made with gin, jalapeños and ginger beer. The perfect drink that’s zesty, spicy and not too sweet.
    PREP: 10 mins
    TOTAL: 10 mins
    Servings: 4


    • ¼ cup fresh mint sprigs
    • 1 thinly sliced jalapeño (divided)
    • ¼ cup lime juice
    • 6 ounces gin (or vodka)
    • 12 ounces ginger beer
    • simple syrup to sweet (optional)


    • In a pitcher, use the back of a wooden spoon to muddle together the mint, half of the jalapeño slices and lime juice.
    • Pour in gin then stir well.
    • Fill four copper mugs with ice and add in equal parts of the gin mixture leaving filling the mugs 3/4 of the way full.
    • Top off each glass with equal parts ginger beer and serve with additional jalapeño slices or lime wedges for garnish.


    If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, sweeten to taste with simple syrup which is equal parts sugar and water heated in the microwave for 45 seconds until sugar dissolves.


    Serving: 1glassCalories: 152kcalCarbohydrates: 11.5gProtein: 0.2gSodium: 10mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 9.3g

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


    1. Do you leave the seeds in the jalapeno for the muddled mixture? I love Moscow Mules, and like you, I don’t like a sweet drink. Please email and let me know about the seeds. Thanks!

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