Vodka Ginger Cocktail

Vodka Ginger Cocktail

The Spruce Eats / S&C Design Studios

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
166 Calories
0g Fat
7g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 166
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 678mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 4g
Calcium 24mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you love the flavor of a Moscow mule, then you'll enjoy this vodka ginger cocktail recipe. It is the same tasty combination of vodka and ginger, it just goes about it in a slightly different way.

This is a simple ginger-flavored drink that features the alluring combination of vodka and ginger. Where the Moscow mule uses ginger beer for its ginger flavoring, this recipe opts for a syrup. The ginger syrup is easy to make from scratch and brings in both a sweet and spicy element to the drink. The result is a softer ginger snap that's not as sweet as a mule made with ginger ale.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the ginger syrup, vodka, and lime juice.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice.

  5. Top with a splash of club soda. Serve and enjoy.


  • This is a very transparent cocktail and it deserves a clean vodka. Choose a mid-range brand that you would enjoy drinking on its own.
  • The ginger syrup is just like any other simple syrup and uses fresh pieces of ginger for flavor. It is a nice mixer to keep in the fridge on a regular basis and can even be topped with club soda for a quick homemade ginger ale.
  • The recipe originally called for the juice of one lime. The average lime yields between 1/2 and 1 ounce, which is a significant difference. Try the cocktail with 1/2 to 3/4 ounce and add more if desired.

Recipe Variations

  • If you want to shake the flavor up a little bit, make a vanilla-ginger simple syrup.
  • Add more soda and serve this as a tall drink in an ice-filled highball glass.

How Strong is the Vodka Ginger Cocktail?

This cocktail is going to stronger or weaker depending on how much soda you pour. With just a splash of club soda, it weighs in around 17 percent ABV (34 proof). If, however, you make it taller and pour 4 ounces of soda, the alcohol content is knocked down to a pleasant 5 percent ABV (10 proof). It can be a nice and mild drink if you allow it.

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