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I have got the best low-carb Moscow Mule recipe. Nothing screams fall like pumpkin spice. amiright? I am. As soon as Labor Day says good bye to the sweet summertime I’m ready to pack away my white pants and bring out cozy sweaters, then I head to the nearest Starbucks for that infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte. I was thinking that there’s got to be a way to add a little pumpkin spice into a cocktail. I didn’t want to do a warm beverage because so many times it’s still warm during the fall. What other cocktail would work by a bonfire? Hmmm – yes! A crisp Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule! If you’re like me you may be watching your carbohydrate intake, it’s really easy to make a low-carb, keto-friendly cocktail (like the low-carb Mojito I made this summer), add a hint of pumpkin spice and you’re all set. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Low Carb & Keto Friendly Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule

Low-Carb Cocktail – The Crisp Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule

When I put together this little cocktail I was surprised by how easy it was to create. Making your own cocktails at home is not only economical but you can put your own twist on classic recipes like the Moscow Mule. If you’ve never heard of a Moscow Mule, allow me to enlighten you.

How did the Moscow Mule come to be?

The origin story of the Moscow Mule is a really interesting one. The Moscow Mule has been around since 1941 when the drink was first made in a bar in Hollywood. Bar owner, John Martin, had bought a lot of Russian vodka, Smirnoff Vodka to be specific. He couldn’t get rid of the stuff because the US hadn’t really been exposed to vodka, the clear alcohol of choice was gin, so no one really wanted to drink it. Martin complained about his tons of vodka to his friend and fellow Hollywood bar owner, Jack Morgan. Morgan, in turn, complained about all of the ginger beer he had laying around. The two decided to turn their frowns upside down and began experimenting with the Smirnoff and ginger beer. After a few attempts they settled on the ratios we have today, as well as adding lime juice and a lime wedge to the cocktail. Vodka’s popularity in the US is indebted to the Moscow Mule.

Is the Moscow Mule from Russia?

No. It originated in Hollywood, CA at the Cock ‘n Bull pub on Sunset Strip. The drink was given its name, kind of haphazardly, or at least it’s not very clear where it came from. Smirnoff, from Russia, was the only vodka really on the US market and many joked at the time that the word “vodka” meant horrible in Russian.

Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule with Cinnamon Sticks

What is a Low-Carb Moscow Mule?

What makes the cocktail standout is it’s pairing of vodka and ginger beer. Ginger beer is considered non-alcoholic because its alcohol content is under 0.5%. The cocktail also must be served in a copper mug. The cocktail can be made into a low-carb Moscow Mule by using a diet ginger beer. A copper mug? That’s ridiculous! No, there’s more to that story.

Why is a Moscow Mule served in a copper mug?

Contrary to what you may think, at the time of its creation, the copper mug really had nothing to do with the Moscow Mule’s ingredients and how the cocktail scientifically needed to be served. It’s tradition. When Martin and Morgan created the cocktail they met a woman who had a rather large assortment of copper mugs. She wasn’t able to get anyone to purchase her copper mugs, which were rather popular in India and Ireland, however, the trend hadn’t made it over to the US yet. Seeing that copper is useful at keeping drink cold, Martin and Morgan decided that in order to make the cocktail stand out in a sea of gin cocktails, the Moscow Mule would always be served in a copper mug. Nowadays, cocktail glasses have become part of the experience and many have realized that it does matter what kind of glassware you serve your cocktail.

A low-carb Moscow Mule works best in a copper mug because of its ability to keep the drink chilled, as well as the temperature of the mug becoming chilled.

Vertical Moscow Mule Pumpkin Spic

Is a Moscow Mule low-carb? Is a Moscow Mule keto-friendly?

Yes. Depending on the sugar count of the ginger beer that you use, it is considered low carb. If you use a sugar-free or diet, ginger beer in your cocktail there are zero sugars in your beverage. After the ginger beer the only ingredients you have are ice, vodka and lime juice. No sugar or carbs in those ingredients.


Low-Carb Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule

Low-Carb Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule

This Pumpkin Spice variation of the Moscow Mule will become your favorite go-to cocktail for those somewhat warmer fall days when you still want to celebrate autumn but can't stand a hot beverage. 

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Moscow Mule
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 135 kcal
Author Bert A.


  • 2 oz. vodka higher quality or Smirnoff
  • Juice from half a lime
  • 4 oz. Diet Ginger Beer or Diet Ginger Ale
  • Ice
  • ¼ tsp pumpkin spice


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker and shake until cold. About 15 shakes

    Poor into a brass mug and top off with more ginger beer, lime slice, and cinnamon stick.


    pumpkin spice Moscow Mule in copper mug

Recipe Notes

You can made this cocktail using regular ginger beer, however, it will not be low-carb or keto-friendly.

Where should I get copper mugs for my Moscow Mule?

I love shopping and there are so many awesome copper mugs you can buy for your homemade Moscow Mule! Here are a few that I personally love.

From Benicci – Four Hand Crafted 100% Copper Mugs

Benicci Copper Mugs

iHarbort Moscow Mule Copper Mugs, Set of 2, 16 oz

Two Moscow Mule Mugs, 16 oz with Rose Gold Steel Straws

Moscow Mule Mugs – Set of 4-100% HANDCRAFTED

Set of four Copper Moscow Mule Mugs with shot glass and straws

Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • Juice from half a lime
  • 4 oz. diet ginger beer (or diet ginger ale)
  • Ice
  • ¼ tsp pumpkin spice

Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker and shake until cold. About 15 shakes. Poor into a brass mug and top off with more ginger beer, lime slice, and cinnamon stick.


Pumpkin Spice Moscow Mule - the perfect fall cocktail shown in copper mugs with cinnamon stick and lime wedge


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