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Grapefruit Ginger Beer Mocktail

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This Grapefruit Ginger Beer Mocktail is perfect for those who love bold flavors. It is spicy yet sweet, bubbly, and so refreshing. This mocktail was made for sipping and savoring on warm afternoons.

For other “mule” inspired, ginger beer mocktails, try my Moscow Mule Mocktail or this fall inspired Apple Cider Mule Mocktail! And if you are looking for citrusy mocktails, try my Sunrise Mocktail SpritzerLemon Mojito Mocktail, or this Aperol Spritz Mocktail!

2 ginger beer mocktails with grapefruit juice and garnished with grapefruit slices and candied ginger.

Why You’ll Love This Ginger Beer Mocktail Recipe

ONLY 4 INGREDIENTS AND EPIC FLAVOR: The base is spicy ginger beer with sweet grapefruit juice. Add a touch of fresh lime juice, plus tonic water for fizz, and you have the most refreshing and tastebud tantalizing mocktail. There is also included an option to use non alcohol spirits!

QUICK AND EASY: With this mocktail all you have to do is pour and stir. It requires no cocktail shaker or fancy bar equipment, and there is no particular way of adding the ingredients either.

MAKE FOR YOURSELF OR STIR UP A PITCHER for barbeques, parties, girl’s night, or any occasion where you want to wow with an alcohol free mocktail. It is great for those who can no longer drink alcohol due to health issues, the sober curious, expecting moms, even kids and teens!

What Is Ginger Beer? Does It Contain Alcohol?

Ginger Beer was originally made by fermenting ginger root, sugar, and water to make alcohol. Ginger Beers you find at the grocery store today do not typically contain any alcohol. Just double check what you buy if you are concerned. If it contains alcohol there will be an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 1 or more.

An easy and delicious Ginger Beer Mocktail with grapefruit and lime juice!

Grapefruit Ginger Beer Mocktail Ingredients

4 simple ingredients is all you need to make this ginger beer mocktail.

  • Grapefruit Juice: I used bottled grapefruit juice from Simply. Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice works great too!
  • Ginger Beer: It has a spicier, sharp ginger flavor which makes it perfect for this mocktail. If you do not like a very strong ginger flavor you can use Ginger Ale in it’s place.
  • Tonic Water: Amplifies the flavors and adds a light, bubbly sensation. Club soda or mineral water are great alternatives to tonic water.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Squeezed is always the best option here, bottled lime juice does not taste as good.
  • Optional Garnishes: grapefruit slice, lime slice, candied ginger, or fresh mint leaves.

What Non Alcoholic Spirits Can I Add To A Ginger Beer Mocktail?

This Grapefruit Ginger Beer Mocktail was inspired by the iconic Moscow mule. The difference is my recipe is alcohol free and doesn’t contain vodka. But guess what?! I found a few non alcoholic spirits which make this mocktail taste exactly like the real deal.

Add 2 ounces Arkay NA Vodka, it does a fabulous job at mimicking vodka. You can also use Strykk Not Vodka or even Seedlip Grove 42 a lot which is a citrus infused non alcoholic spirit. It does not mimic vodka but it tastes really good in this ginger beer mocktail.

Ingredients needed. Grapefruit juice, lime juice, ginger beer, tonic water, candied ginger, fresh grapefruit.

Equipment Needed

  • Copper Mugs: Since this is inspired by a Moscow Mule (which is traditional served in copper) I thought it was fitting. Copper is known to keep drinks super cold but, any drinkware works.
  • Spoon/ Stirrer
  • Cocktail Pins: To hold your garnish in place.

How To Make A Grapefruit Ginger Beer Mocktail

This drink requires pouring, stirring, and sipping. It is that simple! See the recipe card below for complete details and instructions.

  1. FILL COPPER MUG halfway with ice cubes or crushed ice. If you want to avoid adding ice and a watered down cocktail, chill the ingredients ahead of time!
  2. POUR OVER the grapefruit juice, ginger beer, tonic water, and fresh lime juice.
  4. GARNISH with a grapefruit slice and candied ginger.
Mocktail mixed in 5 minutes, garnished, and ready for sipping.


USE DIFFERENT JUICES by substituting the grapefruit for pineapple juice, lemon juice, apple cider, or cranberry juice.

ADD NON ALCOHOLIC SPIRITS. A Moscow mule typically contains vodka. Try adding 2 ounces Arkay NA Vodka or Strykk Not Vodka. Both make this ginger beer mocktail taste exactly an alcoholic mule.

SWEETEN IT UP by adding simple syrup, agave, honey or even maple syrup. Here are a few syrup recipes that would taste great in this, Cinnamon Simple Syrup, Vanilla Simple Syrup, Jalapeno Simple Syrup, or Cardamom Syrup.

TRY OTHER GINGER BEER MOCKTAILS like my Apple Cider Mule Mocktail, Watermelon Lime Slush, or this Apple Cider Sangria Mocktail. I also love this Passion Fruit Mocktail!

Closeup of mocktail garnish: candied ginger and a grapefruit slice.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can ginger beer be substituted for ginger ale?

Technically yes, although I do not recommend it. Ginger ale tends to have less ginger flavor and more sugar which is a great option if you do not like ginger. Ginger beer is preferred because it has a spicy and bold kick which makes ginger drinks even better.

Can kids drink this Grapefruit Ginger Beer Mocktail?

The short answer is yes, but most kids do not like this at all. The intense and spicy taste of the ginger is typically too much for them. If you are wanting to make a version for kids you can always use ginger ale for theirs.

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2 Grapefruit Ginger Beer Mocktails garnished with candied ginger and fresh grapefruit wedge.

Grapefruit Ginger Beer Mocktail

Elizabeth Swoish
This Grapefruit Ginger Beer Mocktail recipe has epic flavor! It is spicy yet sweet, bubbly, and so refreshing. Easily make this for yourself or stir up a pitcher for barbeques, parties, or girls night.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Beverage
Servings 1
Calories 67 kcal


  • Copper Mugs
  • spoon or stirrer
  • Cocktail Pins


  • 3 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • 2 ounces tonic water
  • ½ lime - juiced
  • 1 grapefruit slice - garnish
  • 1 candied ginger - garnish (I use these)
  • 2 ounces non alcoholic vodka - optional (Arkay NA Vodka or Strykk Not Vodka)


  • Fill copper mug halfway with ice cubes or crushed ice.
    NOTE: Chill ingredients ahead of time and omit the ice.
  • Add grapefruit juice, ginger beer, tonic water, fresh lime juice, and optional non alcoholic vodka.
  • Stir until well combined.
  • Garnish with grapefruit slice and cocktail pin of candied ginger.


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By Elizabeth Swoish on May 13th, 2022
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About Elizabeth Swoish

Elizabeth Swoish is the founder and CEO of Entirely Elizabeth. She is a self-taught foodie and mocktail enthusiast with a business degree in data analysis. Learn more about her HERE or connect on your favorite social media channels.

6 thoughts on “Grapefruit Ginger Beer Mocktail”

  1. 5 stars
    This was a fabulous mocktail! It reminded me of my dad who was a big fan of ginger beer growing up. Thanks for the nostalgia. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    All of these flavors sound so tasty! I’m not a drinker so I love you have this recipe available for those looking for a alcohol-free drink. Thanks for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    We had a BBQ last weekend and I wanted to offer a non-alcoholic drink option and tried these mocktails. They were more popular than the alcoholic cocktails I offered! Everyone loved them! These will be a must-have beverage at all our get-togethers from now on.

  4. 5 stars
    Addicted to this! I am a huge mule fan and was looking for a mocktail version and this is it! Absolutely love the grapefruit with the ginger beer!


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