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Low-Calorie Moscow Mule

By November 23, 2017Recipes
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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.

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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.

Category Alcohol, Beverage
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 1
Author Jenna Gruttadauria


  • 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:

  1. With a vegetable peeler or spoon, peel the ginger and then cut into quarter-inch pieces.
  2. Combine 1 cup of water with the ginger, stevia, and sage. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat and let the infusion macerate (i.e. sit). Continue tasting occasionally until your desired flavor is achieved (minimum 40 mins).
  4. Remove ginger pieces and sage leaves from syrup.

Cocktail Directions:

  1. Measure 1 ounce of your ginger-sage syrup.
  2. Combine vodka, 1 ounce of ginger-sage syrup, and 1 ounce lime juice.
  3. 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.

Jenna Gruttadauria
Jenna is a wine-drinking, jewelry-making, dog-loving, snowboarding, running, beach-going, fun-loving soul whose heart beats for the city.

With an unshakeable entrepreneurial spirit and unrivaled work ethic, Jenna spent years working in the restaurant industry, developing her love of food and wine. Inspired by the king of all concrete jungles, New York, Jenna started her own successful fashion business, which moved her to the sunnier skies of Los Angeles, California.

A once self-proclaimed foodie who could never give up bread or cheese, she’s now welcomes the healthy, clean living lifestyle that California and the WLC make so easy. And she loves to take the recipes of her former life and transform them into healthier versions.