Rosemary Grapefruit Mule Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:14%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Rosemary Grapefruit Mule is a refreshing twist on the classic Moscow Mule. It's a cocktail that's perfect for those who enjoy the tangy flavor of grapefruit and the earthy aroma of rosemary. The cocktail was first created in a trendy bar in New York City, where the bartender wanted to create a drink that was both refreshing and had a unique flavor profile. It quickly became a hit among the patrons and has since been enjoyed by cocktail lovers all over the world.

How Rosemary Grapefruit Mule Tastes?

The Rosemary Grapefruit Mule is a cocktail with a complex flavor profile. It's tangy and tart from the grapefruit, slightly sweet from the ginger beer, and has an earthy undertone from the rosemary. The vodka gives it a strong kick, making it a cocktail that's both refreshing and invigorating.

Interesting facts about Rosemary Grapefruit Mule

  • The Rosemary Grapefruit Mule is a variation of the Moscow Mule, which was first created in the 1940s.
  • The cocktail is typically served in a copper mug, which not only looks stylish but also keeps the drink cold.
  • The combination of grapefruit and rosemary is not just tasty, but also has health benefits. Grapefruit is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, while rosemary has anti-inflammatory properties.


A few good options for Rosemary Grapefruit Mule are:

  • Smirnoff
  • Absolut Citron
  • Grey Goose

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A few good options for Rosemary Grapefruit Mule are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Grapefruit Juice

Using 2 oz of grapefruit juice gives the cocktail a zesty, tart flavor profile that underlies the drink without overpowering it. Grapefruit juice not only adds a citric punch but also provides a beautiful pink hue. If you were to skip it, you’d lose much of the drink’s character. As a substitute, try orange or pomelo juice for a different twist but expect a sweeter, less tart profile.

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2 oz of vodka is just enough to give the cocktail a good kick without making the alcohol taste too aggressive; after all, it’s a mule, not a stallion! Vodka provides a clean canvas for the other flavors. If you replace it with gin, brace for a more botanical touch, or use tequila for a more earthy mule.

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Ginger Beer

4 oz of ginger beer adds a spicy effervescence, bringing life and a gentle warmth to every sip. Miss out on the ginger beer, and you’ve got a flat, less exciting concoction. If ginger beer is too strong for you, ginger ale can be a gentler alternative though it will be sweeter and less spicy.

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Rosemary Sprigs

A sprig of rosemary isn’t just an ornamental garnish—it infuses the cocktail with a whiff of piney aroma complementing the citrusy flavors. If omitted, the drink will lack this herbal depth. Thyme can be a subtle alternative if rosemary is too dominant for your taste buds.

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Fresh Lime Juice

1 oz of lime juice is essential for that tangy kick that balances the sweetness of the grapefruit juice and the spice of the ginger beer. Without it, the drink could end up being cloyingly sweet. A squeeze of lemon could work instead, lending a different kind of citrus sharpness.

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Ice Cubes

Ice keeps the drink cool and dilutes it slightly as it melts, which is crucial for the balance and drinkability. No ice means a warm and overly concentrated mule, which isn't refreshing. If you don't enjoy your drinks icy cold, chill the ingredients beforehand instead.

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Recipe. How to make Rosemary Grapefruit Mule Drink

  1. Fill a copper mug with ice cubes.
  2. Add the vodka, grapefruit juice, and lime juice to the mug.
  3. Top with ginger beer and stir gently to combine.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of grapefruit.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh grapefruit juice for the best flavor.
  • Muddle a sprig of rosemary in the mug before adding the other ingredients to release its aromatic oils.
  • Chill the copper mug in the fridge before use to keep the cocktail cold for longer.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Cheese: A sharp, tangy cheese like goat cheese can complement the acidity of the grapefruit and lime.
  • Seafood: Light seafood dishes, particularly those with a citrus or herb element, will pair beautifully with the refreshing quality of the mule.
  • Grilled Chicken or Pork: The smokiness of grilled meats is a nice balance to the cocktail’s bright and zesty flavors.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: For non-drinkers, a side of sparkling water with a twist of lime can echo the effervescence and citrus notes without the alcohol.

Ice-cold water or lightly flavored teas can also be good companions if you plan to sip on your mule over an extended period.

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What you could change in Rosemary Grapefruit Mule

  • If you don't have ginger beer, you can substitute it with ginger ale. However, keep in mind that ginger ale is sweeter and less spicy than ginger beer.
  • If you're not a fan of vodka, you can replace it with gin for a more botanical flavor.

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And of course - twists🍹

Smoky Rosemary Grapefruit Mule

  • Use Mezcal instead of Vodka
  • Grill the grapefruit before juicing
  • Recipe: Follow the original but with smoked spirits to add an intriguing layer of complexity. The smoke will dance with the tart grapefruit and earthy rosemary, creating a cocktail that’s more akin to a balmy sunset barbecue.

Spicy Jalapeño Grapefruit Mule

  • Add 1/2 oz of jalapeño-infused simple syrup
  • Slice of jalapeño for garnish
  • Recipe: Making friends with the ginger beer’s spice, this twist isn’t just warm; it’s got a kick! Prepare yourself for a spicy affair that’ll keep your taste buds on their toes. Pairs perfectly with a festive atmosphere or when you need a little heat to fight off the cold.

Elderflower Grapefruit Mule

  • Substitute vodka with St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • Recipe: The elderflower will lend a floral elegance to the drink. Think of it as the mule donning a ballgown, twirling through a garden of citrus and flowers. This variation is perfect for those who prefer their drinks on the sweeter, more sophisticated side.

In case you forgot basics how to make Rosemary Grapefruit Mule

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Rosemary Grapefruit Mule

How can I adjust the strength of the alcohol in this cocktail?

You can adjust the strength by increasing or decreasing the amount of vodka in the cocktail. However, this will also influence the balance of the flavors.

Can I use dried rosemary instead of fresh?

Fresh rosemary is recommended as it will give you a more vibrant flavor and aroma. Dried rosemary can be used, but it will not deliver the same freshness.

What other fruits would pair well with rosemary in a cocktail?

Rosemary tends to work well with citrus fruits. Apart from grapefruit, you could experiment with lemon, lime or even orange.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic version, substitute the vodka with an additional measure of grapefruit juice or sparkling water.

What type of food pairs well with this cocktail?

This cocktail's citrusy flavor pairs well with seafood, particularly grilled shrimp or salmon. It can also complement a cheese platter nicely.

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