Read on for one of my spins on the traditional Moscow Mule: No Sugar Added Fig Moscow Mule. Today marks the first day of week full of fig recipes! Enjoy!

The short story? I love putting my own twist on my favorite drink, the Moscow Mule. For this version, I challenged myself to create a simple syrup of sorts with no added sugar. It not only was delicious: it looks beautiful too! I originally put it in the traditional mule copper mug, but that beautiful color was begging to be seen!


No Sugar Added Fig Moscow Mule

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Now for the long(er) story. If you follow me on instagram, you know that I’ve recently become a bit fig-obsessed. If you don’t follow me on instagram, you may not know that we’ve moved to California. From Pittsburgh, to Boston to the Bay. I’ll definitely share more of a life update soon, but instead of dragging my feet and making excuses to post anything at all to the blog: I’m going to jump right in and post this drink recipe.

As I mentioned above, I love Moscow Mules. Love. Them. I love when restaurants have their signature twist on them, and I love doing the same with what we have on hand.  What do I have a lot of currently? FIGS!

How No Sugar Added Fig Moscow Mules Came to Be

My challenge for this drink was to create a simple syrup of sorts without adding any sugar. I’m definitely not an expert: can it still be called a simple syrup? I’m not totally sure, but this beautiful bright pink of the drink comes from cooking down figs and champagne grapes with mint leaves. Don’t have champagne grapes? No worries! Grapes of any kind (I’d halve them first) or even plums would do the drink and give you a similar, light and summery take on the classic Moscow Mule. It’s also excellent with just a little extra ginger beer — leave out the vodka altogether. Mocktails are definitely a summer staple for me!

A few of my favorite Moscow Mule-making supplies are linked below. While I would typically say that a copper mug is a must, for this version – I’d skip it! Show off the pretty color and use whatever clear glass you have on hand. I absolutely LOVE my because the top doubles as a measuring cup – maybe they all do this? Ha! I tend to live under a rock these days.


No Sugar Added Fig Moscow Mules

These delicious drinks were the result of a personal challenge: create a light, summer drink with a simple syrup made from fruit alone. It's delicious, balanced - and not too sweet!

Course Drinks
Keyword drinks, mocktail, moscow mule, no sugar, paleo
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 drinks
Author Kacia | Coconut Robot


Fig and Fruit Syrup

  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 Figs quartered
  • 1 cup Champagne Grapes swap in: plums (quartered) or grapes (halved)
  • 5 leaves Mint muddled/bruised/ripped

Drink Ingredients

  • 1-2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 lime roughly one tablespoon
  • Ginger Beer depends on glass size/mocktail/preference
  • 3 leaves Mint
  • 1/4 Fig sliced
  • 1/3 cup Ice


Fig and Fruit Syryup

  1. Combine water, figs, grapes and mint to a small sauce pan over medium heat. 

  2. As fruit softens, smash with a wooden spoon. Simmer for roughly 10 minutes, uncovered to allow liquid to reduce. 

  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool. 

Put it All Together

  1. In your cocktail shaker, add vodka, lime, half of your fruit syrup and ice. 

  2. Pour into your cup or mug of choice, top with ginger beer. 

  3. Finish with a fresh mint leaf and a fig slice. 

  4. Enjoy!


I’d love to hear what you think! I’ll be sharing more fig recipes this week — pizza, burgers and more drinks. I can’t get enough of these figs, and I also refuse to let them go to waste. It also will keep me accountable to get these posted and to you all!

Thank you for being here.


No Sugar Added Fig Moscow Mule

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