Ruby Red Moscow Mule Popsicles are made with ginger beer, ruby red vodka, fresh lime juice, and grapefruit simple syrup for a frosty, boozy, summer treat!
I’m admittedly late to the whole Moscow Mule party. But, having finally arrived, I’m now obsessed with all things Moscow Mule and making up for lost time.
If I’m out somewhere and there’s a version on the drink menu, I try it. A Ruby Red Moscow Mule at a party last spring, a Sake Moscow Mule at the sushi restaurant on our anniversary, a Moscow Mule Margarita on my recent trip to Canada…
So doesn’t it make sense that I’ve decided to turn my favorite new cocktail into an irresistible summer treat? These boozy Ruby Red Moscow Mules Popsicles are frosty and fizzy and downright delectable, with citrusy ruby red vodka, refreshing ginger beer, zippy lime juice, and grapefruit-kissed simple syrup. The sweet and zingy combination of flavors has summer written all over it.
You could certainly make these popsicles with plain ol’ regular vodka. But since we usually keep a bottle of ruby red vodka in the liquor cabinet (I’m partial to Deep Eddy), I decided to experiment with it for these popsicles. Ruby red vodka has a gorgeous color and a lovely flavor, which I think only adds to these ice pops.
That being said, you can’t use too much liquor when you make boozy popsicles, because if you do, they’ll stay slushy. I believe I achieved the perfect ratio of vodka to get these popsicles to freeze solid while still keeping them true to their namesake cocktail. But since they don’t contain as much vodka as a regular Moscow Mule, I resolved to kick up the ruby red grapefruit aspect even more by making a grapefruit simple syrup.
(Incidentally, ginger beer is not actually beer and does not actually contain any alcohol, which is why its ratio doesn’t affect the solidity of these popsicles.)
Basically, instead of boiling together sugar and water (which is how you make typical simple syrup), I boiled together sugar and fresh-squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice. YUM.
Just remember that the quality of your ingredients is going to affect the final flavor of your Ruby Red Moscow Mule Popsicles. Natural ginger beer, good quality liquor, and fresh-squeezed juices are going to make these popsicles all the tastier.
When my kids saw me making popsicles, they asked if I had to take blog pictures before they could have one. Sorry, kids, but these Ruby Red Moscow Mule Popsicles are for the grown-ups. Because sometimes we deserve a special treat on a hot summer day…or after y’all go to bed!
I apologize for oversharing photos in this post, but I’m rather partial to how these pretty, tasty little popsicles turned out. If you’re a Moscow Mule fan, I’d consider them a must-make this summer! And if you have yet to try a MM, these Ruby Red Moscow Mule Popsicles would be a great place to start. Stay cool, have fun, and ENJOY!
Ruby Red Moscow Mule Popsicle Recipe
Ruby Red Moscow Mule Popsicles
- 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 3/4 cups ginger beer
- 3 tablespoons ruby red vodka, such as Deep Eddy
- 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
- In a very small pot or saucepan set over high heat, stir together the grapefruit juice and the sugar. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for a couple of minutes until the sugar completely dissolves. Set aside to cool.
- In a quart-sized measuring cup, gently stir together the ginger beer, ruby red vodka, lime juice, and 2 tablespoons of grapefruit simple syrup. Use a funnel to divide the mixture between six 3-ounce popsicle molds. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze until solid.
- If you can't find a ruby red grapefruit, you may use regular grapefruit juice in the simple syrup.
- You will have some leftover grapefruit simple syrup that may be reserved for a different use (like iced tea or a cocktail or more popsicles!). It's just hard to make a batch of simple syrup that's less than 1/4 cup. I make the simple syrup in my tiniest pot, which is a stainless steel 5/8-quart butter warmer*. (*affiliate link)
- As tempting as it is, don't increase the vodka in this recipe or your popsicles will remain slushy and never freeze solid.
- This recipe yields 18 ounces of liquid to be divided between six 3-ounce popsicles. You can use a measuring cup filled with water to determine the capacity of one popsicle in your popsicle mold, then adjust this recipe accordingly.
More Frosty Summer Treats
- Cherry Vanilla Wine Slushies
- No-Bake Frozen Margarita Pie
- 2-Ingredient Watermelon Sherbet
- Peach Buttermilk Popsicles