This refreshing vegan cocktail recipe was generously sponsored by our friends at Koskenkorva—makers of sustainable vodka that goes beautifully in this gorgeous green Moscow Mule recipe.
You’ve heard of a Moscow Mule but how about a MosKale Mule? It’s a mash-up of the classic, gingery cocktail and one of the healthiest veggies on the planet—kale! The kale juice in this drink turns the vegan cocktail a gorgeous shade of green. Skip the typical copper mug, and use a clear glass to show off your MosKale Mule’s vibrant green color. It’s a beauty!
Not only is this cocktail a stunner, but it also comes with an added nutritional boost from the kale. Kale is high in vitamins C and K, plus iron, calcium, and antioxidants. It’s a powerhouse of health. This recipe is also sponsored by Koskenkorva Vodka, a sustainable vodka brand. Nutritious and good for the environment! What more could you ask for?
One of the best parts is that you can easily make this special green juice cocktail at home. Ready for Happy Hour at home? Let’s go!
MosKale Mule Ingredients
The MosKale mule cocktail recipe has just a few simple ingredient, and very simple prep. First you’ll prepare a simple green juice with fresh raw kale leaves and cucumber. Then you’ll make a classic moscow mule. And finally, you’ll add a splash of green juice to your cocktail and watch the magical green transformation!
To make this cocktail you’ll need:
- Ginger Beer
- Lime Juice
- Kale Juice (or raw kale and cucumber to juice yourself)
How to Serve Up Your MosKale Mule
You can certainly drink the MosKale Mule any way you’d like, but here are a few of our favorite tips for serving this beautiful kale cocktail:
- Get fancy with it – Have special cocktail glassware? Show off the vegan cocktail’s jewel tone by serving it in your favorite glass. For a bit of fun, you can also try different shapes of ice cubes. Add a kale leaf garnish and a wedge of lime to mirror the ingredients in the drink.
- Pair it with a scrumptious snack – A cocktail is always great with a snack or appetizer. For easy but highly addictive snacks, try the Simply Sweet Roasted Chickpeas, Crispy Air Fryer Potato Wedges, or Roasted Beetroot Hummus. To stay on the kale train, make Cheezy Kale Chips.
- Sip it after dinner – Ginger is great for digestion, so why not try this drink after a meal?
- Swap the juice – Not a fan of kale juice? Swap it for another fresh veggie or fruit juice. Any juice will taste delicious with the combo of Koskenkorva Vodka and ginger beer. Apple, beet, carrot, celery juice—the options are endless!
How to Make a MosKale Mule
First, you’ll need to wash your kale and cucumber. Take the leaves off of the kale stems, and cut a one-inch piece of cucumber. Next it’s time to juice them. A juicer separates vegetable or fruit juice from the pulp, which makes the liquid nice and smooth. In a juicer, feed the kale leaves and cucumber through the machine to make the juice.
Next, fill a glass with ice. Then pour in the ginger beer and Koskenkorva Vodka. Also squeeze in a tablespoon of lime juice. You can use a citrus squeezer or press, or you can simply use your hands to squeeze half a lime. Last, stir that baby up! Use a spoon or a cocktail stirrer to mix it together.
You’ll have leftover kale and cucumber juice. That means more MosKale Mules for you! You can also drink the leftover juice on its own as a green juice shot. Either way, it’s a win-win. If you want to make extra kale cocktails, double or triple the recipe.
Equipment You’ll Need
You only need a few kitchen tools to make this kale-infused Moscow Mule. Here is what you’ll need:
- cocktail glass
- measuring cup
- measuring spoon
- lime juice squeezer or press (optional)
- cocktail stirrer (optional)
Fun Facts about Moscow Mule Drinks
- The classic Moscow Mule did not come from Russia. Can you believe it? It was invented in Hollywood in 1941 at a bar called the Cock ‘n Bull. Another Hollywood creation!
- People started calling it a Moscow Mule, probably because vodka came from Russia.
- Some people say that a bartender named Wes Price first mixed up the drink. He may have been cleaning out the bar’s basement and found extra cases of vodka and too much ginger beer. So it’s said that he put the two ingredients together, and the rest is history!
MosKale Mule FAQs
Can vegans drink alcohol?
Yes, they can! Vegans can drink alcohol as long as animal products are not used to make it. Hard liquors are almost always vegan if they don’t include cream or honey. Alcoholic beer and wine are not always vegan, though, so be sure to check the brand.
This MosKale Mule recipe is vegan because it uses zero animal products, and Koskenkorva Vodka is vegan, too.
Is all vodka vegan?
Plain vodka is almost always vegan by default. We don’t know of any examples of pure vodka that isn’t vegan—but flavored vodkas can occasionally contain, cream, honey, or other animal derivatives. Koskenkorva Vodka is fully vegan.
What is ginger beer?
Ginger beer is a non-alcoholic, carbonated drink that is bottled. It’s made with ginger, water, and fermented sugar. The beverage’s strong, spicy ginger flavor is delicious as a soda or in a cocktail like the MosKale Mule.
Can I make this without a juicer?
While we do recommend using a juicer for an easy-to-make smooth juice, it’s possible to use a high-speed blender instead. Add the kale leaves, cucumber, lime juice, and vodka to the blender and blend until smooth. Pour the liquid through a fine-mesh strainer to leave the pulp out of your cocktail. Then add the ginger beer to finish.
This gorgeous green spin on a classic refreshing Moscow Mule drink is a win for anyone who loves a cocktail and appreciates health. Adding kale juice to this cocktail gives you a dose of antioxidants and nutrition while barely impacting the flavor of the drink.
Kale & Cucumber Juice:
- 3 large leaves of kale
- 1 inch of a small cucumber
MosKale Mule Cocktail
- 6 ounces of ginger beer
- 1 tablespoon of lime juice
- 2 ounces of vodka (we use Koskenkorva)
- 1 splash of kale and cucumber juice
STEP 1: In a juicer, juice 3 large leaves of kale. Then add 1 inch of a small cucumber, which will help push down any remaining kale leaves and juice. Set this nutritious kale-cucumber juice aside.
STEP 2: Fill a cocktail glass with ice. Add ginger beer, lime juice, vodka, and a splash of the kale-cucumber juice mixture. Stir to mix.
- Just a small splash of the cucumber-kale juice will create a beautiful green colored cocktail without imparting a green juice flavor into your cocktail. Feel free to add more if you enjoy the green juice flavor or wish to bump up the nutrition content of your drink.
- If you add a lot of kale juice to your drink, it will turn a darker, swampier green color. This can be fun for Halloween, but may be less desirable for other occasions.
- Serve with a shot of your remaining green juice, or reserve any leftover green juice for additional MosKale mule drinks.
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Sustainable Vodka Distillery: Koskenkorva
We all vote with our dollars, and making conscious food choices certainly extends to alcohol, too. You can find a comprehensive list of vegan alcohol brands (complete with a handy search tool) at Barnivore.com. But it’s extra-exciting when you come across a brand is not only vegan, but also environmentally conscious.
A great example of this is the eco-vegan vodka distillery Koskenkorva.
Koskenkorva is an impressive company that uses a sustainability-focused distillery to create their vodka. The vodka is made with barley and pure spring water from Finland. They are also dedicated to recycling, reusing, and regenerative farming. They use 100% of the barley they grow, so nothing goes to waste, and they even have a ‘Climate Action’ vodka that’s made with regeneratively farmed barley. It’s no wonder the company won a Green Company award for their focus on the environment.
More Refreshing Vegan Drinks You’ll Want to Try
Thirsty for more sip-able vegan cocktails or refreshing booze-free beverages? Here are a few of our favorites:
- Homemade Strawberry Juice
- Cucumber Watermelon Cooler
- Strawberry Peach Spritzer
- Strawberry Mint Lemonade
Many thanks to Koskenkorva and Marussia Beverages for supporting this vegan cocktail recipe and our work at World of Vegan! Recipe and food photography by Michelle Cehn. Article by Nicole Bixler. Content copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved. Please note that this article contains affiliate links which means shopping through them supports World of Vegan—thank you!