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Hibiscus Mule


This Hibiscus Mule recipe makes a refreshing vodka cocktail that is easy to make in just 5 minutes with hibiscus, lime, vodka and your favorite ginger beer! Grab your favorite copper mug and let’s make this twist on a classic Moscow Mule.

Top of a copper Moscow Mule mug with mint garnish.
A Moscow Mule with tart and tangy hibiscus!

This post was originally published on February 18, 2020, and has now been updated with updated links, and more information and instructions to help you create your own cocktail at home!

If you’re looking for a unique variation on the classic Moscow Mule, this version with hibiscus liqueur and hibiscus juice will quench your thirst.

Whether you’re looking for an easy cocktail to sip at home or bring to your next girl’s night, this boozy beverage is just what you need!

Grab your favorite copper mug and start gathering the ingredients for this refreshing cocktail.

Why you’ll love this Hibiscus Moscow Mule recipe

With spring right around the corner, this simple vodka recipe is a great way to branch out from your go-to cocktail.

A Hibiscus Moscow Mule has a herbal flavor that you’re going to fall in love with. Hibiscus and vodka are a match made in heaven. You’ll be craving this mule version that is perfect for spring.

It’s such a quick and easy recipe but feels totally unique. This Hibiscus Mule recipe is perfect for spring happy hours or for unwinding after dinner.

What is Hibiscus?

Close up of Hibiscus juice in a jigger on a marble cutting board.

The Hibiscus is a flowering plant that’s often used to make a flavorful tea-like drink.

Hibiscus generally has a tart cranberry-like flavor, with notes of citrus. It’s made into teas, syrups and juices that are great when worked into cocktail recipes.

The color it adds to drinks is a purple-y pink that is absolutely stunning. You can see an example in my Hibiscus Martini recipe or my Hibiscus Sangria recipe.

Ways to Flavor Cocktails with Hibiscus

There are a variety of ways you can flavor your favorite cocktails with Hibiscus. If you want that hibiscus flavor with your next cocktail, consider these products:

It’s easy to add that flowery yet tart flavor to your favorite cocktail recipe.


Ingredients for a Hibiscus Mule Cocktail.

Vodka (just use whatever you have to hand or read my post about my favorite vodkas to use for Moscow Mules), Hibiscus Cooler juice (I found it in my local grocery store), Hibiscus Liquor (whatever brand you can find, but I like Fruitlab Hibiscus Liqueur from Greenbar Distillery. It’s made in LA and is organic, color and additive-free!), fresh lime juice, ginger beer, plenty of ice, and fresh mint for garnishing.

There is also a Hibiscus flavored ginger beer available but I haven’t found any flavored ginger beers that I enjoy.


Copper Moscow Mule mug on a cutting board next to ingredients for a Hibiscus Moscow Mule.

Add ice to a copper Moscow Mule mug. Add vodka, hibiscus juice, hibiscus liqueur and fresh lime juice. Top with ginger beer and a few drops of bitters.

Use a bar spoon to give it a quick stir. Then drink up!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute anything for the Hibiscus Liqueur?

If you don’t want to buy Hibiscus Liqueur just for a few recipes, you can get a similar flavor by using tart cherry juice, a low-sugar cranberry juice or some pomegranate juice.

Add in some floral notes with bitters or elderflower liqueur if you happen to have that.

But I really do love the liqueur because it’s such a concentrated flavor and it adds a little heft to the drink.

Is it possible to make this cocktail sweeter?

The hibiscus liqueur and juice have sweetness but if you find that you need a little bit more, add some simple syrup or agave.

What if I forgot to pre-chill my ingredients?

No problem! Just add them (minus the ginger beer) to a cocktail shaker. Then add ice. Shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice in a copper Moscow Mule mug. Top with ginger beer, stir gently, and enjoy!

Close up of a Hibiscus Mule in a copper Mule mug and mint garnish.
This Hibiscus Mule is the perfect vodka cocktail for spring!

A few more easy drink recipes you might also enjoy!

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A copper Moscow Mule mug with a mint garnish.

Hibiscus Mule

This Hibiscus Mule recipe makes a refreshing vodka cocktail that is easy to make in just 5 minutes with hibiscus, lime, vodka and your favorite ginger beer! Grab your favorite copper mug and let's make this twist on a classic Moscow Mule.
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Course: Recipes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Calories: 366kcal
Servings: 1 serving



  • To a copper Moscow Mule mug, add ice. 
  • Add your favorite vodka, hibiscus juice, hibiscus liqueur, and fresh lime juice.
  • Top Hibiscus Mule with chilled ginger beer and bitters. 
  • Use a bar spoon to give it a quick stir.
  • Garnish your spring Mule with fresh mint.
  • Serve immediately.


If you’ve forgotten to pre-chill the ingredients, shake them – minus the ginger beer – in a cocktail shaker with some ice, before adding to the mug and topping up with the ginger beer. Do not shake the ginger beer (or any other carbonated beverage unless you want to clean up a big mess..!)


Serving: 1g | Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Sodium: 153mg | Sugar: 43g
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