Welcome to our Whole Life Challenge-compliant cocktail series from professional bartender Jenna Gruttadauria. Jenna practiced mixology at some of the most well-known bars and clubs in New York City before joining the Whole Life Challenge team. Now, she enjoys using her knowledge to make healthier versions of classic cocktails.
The Moscow mule has taken the cocktail world by storm lately. And while I certainly love this cocktail and the ginger beer that gives it a spicy and sweet taste, I don’t love how much sugar is packed in its punch. So, I’ve created a way to trick your taste buds into thinking you’re drinking a traditional Moscow mule, without the empty calories.
Low-Calorie Moscow Mule
I’ve created a way to trick your taste buds into thinking you’re drinking a traditional Moscow mule, without the empty calories.
- 4 ounces fresh ginger
- 1 cup water
- 1 ounce powdered stevia
- 8 fresh sage leaves
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce lime juice
- Soda water
Ginger-Sage Syrup Directions:
With a vegetable peeler or spoon, peel the ginger and then cut into quarter-inch pieces.
Combine 1 cup of water with the ginger, stevia, and sage. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and let the infusion macerate (i.e. sit). Continue tasting occasionally until your desired flavor is achieved (minimum 40 mins).
Remove ginger pieces and sage leaves from syrup.
Measure 1 ounce of your ginger-sage syrup.
Combine vodka, 1 ounce of ginger-sage syrup, and 1 ounce lime juice.
Fill your glass (or copper mug if you want to be traditional) the rest of the way with soda water.
Note: We are not saying that alcohol is “healthy” to consume. (More on that here.) We are acknowledging that there are times we inevitably make the choice to imbibe (and we include ourselves in that “we”), and that there are better and worse ways to go about drinking alcohol when it comes to our health. Our goal is to empower you with lower-sugar, lower-calorie, still-fabulous recipes for these times.