A moscow mule is a perfect summer drink - and this one will help you keep your summer bod!

Skinny Mule

Two summers ago, I worked at a summer camp in Maine. This camp was straight out of a movie – absolutely beautiful and located on a lake. And it was super deluxe. The campers could choose from waterskiing, horseback riding, dance, theater, rock climbing, ziplining, any sport you can think of, and even host their own radio show. I worked in the chef camp, teaching the kids how to cook.

I tell you this story to tell you that I was working at the camp on my 21st birthday. Instead of celebrating the way Americans tend to, I got hypnotized in front of the whole camp as part of the evening entertainment. I got to order my first legal drink a few days later, after doing some night hiking up to Tumbledown to see the sunrise.

IMG_0253.JPG I tell you that whole story to tell you I really like ginger and ginger beer. My first legal drink was a dark and stormy, which is dark rum with ginger beer and lime. But ginger beer is really expensive, with a lot of sugar and calories. Enter this drink. It’s like a Moscow Mule or dark and stormy, only you use simple syrup and seltzer water instead of ginger beer.  You can choose what alcohol you want to use. I used vodka – hence the Skinny Mule.


Time – less than 10 minutes once you have cooled simple syrup.

Makes 1 drink, but enough simple syrup for a bunch of drinks. A moscow mule is a perfect summer drink - and this one will help you keep your summer bod!


  • 3 inches of ginger
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 ounces vodka (or rum)
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1 cup seltzer water (maybe more) You can also use sparkling water for more sweetness without more calories.


  1. Make the simple syrup. Peel the ginger if you want. I didn’t because it is kind of a hassle. Slice it thin, then add to a saucepan with the water and sugar. Bring to a boil while stirring, and boil for about 5 minutes. Put in a heatproof container, and allow to cool. You can leave the ginger in now or strain it, but make sure you strain before you use it.
  2. Make the drink. Add the lime juice, 2 tablespoons of the simple syrup, and the vodka to a glass. Stir, and then add seltzer water to fill your glass. Serve, and enjoy!


A moscow mule is a perfect summer drink - and this one will help you keep your summer bod!

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