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Skinny Smart A$$ (Blood Orange Mule Cocktail)

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Skinny Smart A$$ (Our Blood Orange Mule)

Our Blood Orange Mule Cocktail is 86 calories of delicious. Perfect for the Skinny B#tches in your life!

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As opposed to many of the Orange Mule Cocktail recipes, our Skinny Smart A$$(mule)- is light, low calorie, and not sweet.  It has a more subtle flavor of Blood Orange- with just 3 Ingredients!  We use Fever-Tree Blood Orange Ginger Beer, Tequila or Mezcal, and fresh lime.  Skinny, Citrus Perfection – Easy to make, and Easy to sip

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What is a Mule Cocktail?

Mules are cocktails made with ginger beer, citrus juice, and any kind of spirit.   A Moscow mule features vodka, ginger beer and lime juice, garnished with a slice or wedge of lime and mint. The Moscow mule’s signature is a copper mug, which keeps the cocktail chill and icy.


What is the difference between a Mule and a Buck?

Sometimes the name Mule and Buck are used interchangeably. Technically a Mule uses ginger beer, and a Buck uses ginger ale.  The buck is a cocktail containing a spirit, citrus and ginger ale.  The name, Buck, stems from a nonalcoholic drink containing ginger ale, called a ‘Horse’s Neck’.  Hence, adding liquor to the drink became known as a “buck” because it contained a kick.


What is the story of the Classic Moscow Mule Cocktail?

The story of this classic cocktail didn’t start in Moscow, or even Russia.  According to The Daily Meal, the Moscow Mule was born in Los Angeles, in 1941.   The story begins with friends pining over what to do with stockrooms full of inventory they couldn’t sell.

In 1939 John Martin, head of one of the largest alcohol distribution companies in America, bought the US rights to the French Smirnoff Vodka brand.  This was a gutsy move when no one was drinking Vodka.  While this spirit has a neutral taste, Americans joked that Vodka was the Russian word for “horrible”.  At the time, consumers adored the caramel sweetness and smooth mouthfeel of rum.

Jack Morgan was the owner of the Cock n’Bull bar in Hollywood, renowned for its Hollywood clientele.  The bar was a popular landmark with a who’s who clientele.  Jack, however, purchased a substantial supply of ginger beer, that no one wanted to drink.


The Copper Mug

Many of our Cocktail origin stories can get murky – (Maybe it’s all the cocktails?)  The Copper Mug part of the story has at least three versions.

Some claim that Ošelín Schmidt, Jack Morgan’s girlfriend, also had a problem with an inventory of copper mugs she inherited and couldn’t sell.

Another version features Sophie Berezinski, who happened to be at the Cock n’ Bull at the time the drink was being created.  Sophie had acquired a large stock of copper mugs from her family’s Moscow copper company- and the boxes of mugs had been overtaking her house.

Lastly, Cocktail historian George Sinclair, believes it more likely that the English-style pub would have already had a supply of copper mugs on hand for beer.


The Rest of the story

History does agree on a meeting with John Martin, Jack Morgan and bartender, Wes Price at the famous Cock n’ Bull bar where they created the Moscow Mule cocktail.  John Martin applied his marketing genius and decided to carve celebrity names into customized copper mugs so A-listers could help influence the sale of his ‘elite’ new cocktail.  With a new Polaroid camera in hand, John would convince bartenders, and customers to try the Moscow Mule, in exchange for a picture.  He would take two pictures and use the extra Polaroids to spin a story of the popularity of the Moscow Mule.  The rest is history, and the Mule continues to grow in popularity, with many new versions being created every day.



The Mule Pack (So many twists on a classic)

If you’re looking for a twist on the Moscow Mule recipe (Vodka and ginger beer), here are a few other mule cocktails you may want to try. The ratio of ingredients is typically the same for all variations – pour 2 parts of alcohol to 1/2 part fresh lime juice into a mug.  Finally add ice, top with ginger beer and garnish.  Next time you think of making or ordering a Moscow Mule, why not try a different mule instead?

Whiskey mules

Do you prefer whiskey?  Mules often swap vodka for whiskey, and depending on what kind of whiskey you’re using, they have different names. Kentucky mules feature Bourbon, Tennessee mules use whiskey from Tennessee and of course we have Irish mules with whiskey made in Ireland.

Caribbean mule

The Caribbean mule contains rum. It’s spicy notes pair with the sweetness of ginger beer for a delicious cocktail.

Mexican mule

Tequila, or Mezcal are the star in Mexican mules.

London mule

You guessed it, the London mule features gin.

The Skinny Smart A$$ (our Blood Orange Mule)

Our Blood Orange Mule is skinny, and delicious.  The combination of beautiful blood orange, freshly squeezed lime juice, and Ginger is citrusy perfection that you are going to love.  Prepare this cocktail in a serving glass rather than a copper mug.  The color is beautiful, and you will want to see it!  The Skinny Smart A$$ features Mezcal and is topped with an orange and lime garnish or sprig of mint.  Easy to make, and great to drink icy cold.  It’s a cocktail that’s perfect for a summer soirée.




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Blood orange Ginger beer next to flowers and a cocktail. A waterway is in the background
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Skinny Smart A$$

A Blood Orange Mule ith Mezcal
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Batch cocktail, Blood orange cocktail, Blood Orange Mule, Citrus cocktail, citrusy cocktail, Fever tree ginger beer, Fever-Tree blood orange ginger beer, Mexcal cocktail, Orange Mule Cocktail, Seasonal Cocktail, Tequila cocktail
Yield: 1
Calories: 87kcal


  • Cocktail Glass
  • Long Pick for garnish
  • Citrus Juicer



  • ½ oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Mezcal or Tequila
  • 4 oz Fever-Tree Blood Orange Ginger Beer
  • ice


  • 2 Small lime triangles
  • 2 Small orange triangles



  • Add Fresh-squeezed lime, Mezcal, and Ginger to a cocktail glass
  • Add ice and garnish


  • Cut orange and lime triangles
  • Place the lime triangles facing each other in the center of a long pick
  • Add an Orange triangle on the end of each pick, and set on top of the cocktail
  • Enjoy the citrusy, bright flavor.


Calories: 87kcal


This recipe is not a Blood Orange Moscow Mule recipe, because we do not use Vodka.  Vodka is a more neutral taste, and we love the woody, smokey flavor Mezcal adds.  If you use Tequila, flavors will differ and may add an earthy herbal note, citrus notes, or even wood notes- depending on your Tequila selection.  You’re going to love this recipe.

Batches for B#tches:  Blood Orange Mule…What a great Idea!

For a 60 oz pitcher

  • 4 1/2 oz. of freshly squeezed lime
  • 9 oz Mezcal (or Tequila)
  • 36 oz of Fever-Tree Blood Orange Ginger Beer
  • Ice
  • Slices of Lime and Orange


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