Winter Spiced Moscow Mule

A fun and festive holiday spin on a Moscow Mule - perfect for New Years Eve! This healthier version uses ginger kombucha instead of ginger beer.

Winter Spiced Moscow Mule

Hello from Holiday Vacation-land… aka, my parents house where Jack and I have been spending the week. We flew in just in time to have a white Christmas before the snow melted. Other than spending time with family, we’ve been spending time in the house because we’re really not winter people. I binge-watched Shirley Temple movies; Jack fixed my parents computer. We’ve been eating my mom’s Christmas cookies, and I’ve been working on a few new recipes – spending time in front of the stove is the best way to stay warm around here! All in all, it’s been a much-needed relaxing week.

We’re heading home tomorrow to spend New Years Eve with friends, and I’m excited to make this cocktail.

We often mix kombucha into our cocktails, but it didn’t occur to me until now to use it in a Moscow Mule in place of the ginger beer! This cocktail couldn’t be easier to put together – it’s just a splash of vodka, kombucha, and a squeeze of orange. For garnish I added cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.

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Winter Spiced Moscow Mule

Serves: 1
  • 4 to 6 ounces ginger kombucha (or ginger beer)
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • Squeeze of orange
  • Handful of crushed ice
for garnish:
  • Cranberries
  • Orange wedges
  • Fresh rosemary
  1. In a copper mug, mix together the ginger kombucha, vodka, orange juice, and crushed ice. Stir to combine. Garnish with cranberries, an orange wedge, and a sprig of fresh rosemary.



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  1. Anna

    You are a true professional, your photos always inspire me! My favorite blog!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Aww, thank you Anna 🙂

  2. Dan Bandel from

    We have a very similar incarnation here in King Salmon, Alaska. We call it the “Moscow Moose”, paying homage to a local icon. Adding some wild Alaskan cranberries takes it to the next level. Come visit us, you can work on some wild salmon dishes. C’mon, you know you want to. They named the town ‘KING Salmon’ for a reason. Take care.

  3. josephine from

    Loving it, Your recipe is very healthy .My husband and children really like your recipes. Your moscow mules and using ginger kombucha is such a great idea. Thanks for share this amazing idea.

  4. Moscow mules are one of my favorite, go to cocktails. My husband and I just got some fancy, old school cocktail glasses on sale…can’t wait to try those out with this recipe!

  5. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy

    I loveee moscow mules and using ginger kombucha is such a great idea! Pinned 🙂

  6. Karlie from

    What a genius idea! I have some ginger kombucha in the fridge I think I’ll whip this up 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Thanks Karlie, I hope you enjoy!

  7. Fernando @ Eating With Your Hands

    Loving how this year’s NYE drinks are looking like over the blogosphere. Cheers to a happy 2017, guys!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Cheers to you too!

  8. Carlos At Spoonabilities

    This drink looks so good for NYE celebration. I have never tried ginger kombucha; I should give a try because I love ginger. Happy new year for both of you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      You should try it! I absolutely love it 🙂

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We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.