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2022 Trek Fuel EX 8

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Jun 2023 · Tom Marvin

A solid performer with a class-leading chassis, let down by a harsh front end

Great frame, with perfect handling and suspension feel

Adjustable geometry and sizing options mean a bike fit for all

Happy on any level of trail

Cockpit harshness

Mediocre tyres

Poor brakes

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Jun 2023 · Scotty Prendergast

Arguably one of the all-time most popular bike models of any MTB on the planet, the ‘Fuel Ex’ has been at the peak of Trek’s MTB line-up for as long as anyone can remember and it has had no fewer than six major design overhauls during that time. Late last year Trek unveiled their newest reinvention of the ‘do it all trail bike’ which rolls out of the store boasting a ton of rider customisation features, including a choice of [...]

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May 2023 · Jeremy Benson

The new Gen 6, Fuel EX 9.8 is the burliest, most versatile, and most capable Fuel yet; truly up for whatever you want to ride. Trek completely redesigned...

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Apr 2023 · Drew Rohde

While the new Trek Fuel EX may have alienated a few riders, it will no doubt be a welcome redesign for a lot more riders!

Fast, confident and ready to rock!

More capable than ever

Great downtube storage solution

Adjustable and versatile geometry options

Med/Large size

Bar/Stem combo

SE5 Tires in the wet

Some may not like the newer, burlier bike’s transition


Dec 2022 · Mike Levy

The downtube storage compartment is on the new bike, and while it seems like Trek has put all the things onto the latest Fuel EX, there's one that they didn't: Knock Block.

Wide range of effective geometry adjustments

Just as much fun on smooth trails as it is on scary trails

Great climber, efficient pedaling

One-piece handlebar might be too stiff for some riders

Paint chips easily


New geometry, more travel, and even better suspension improves Trek's mid-weight trail bike.


Trek's top-tier Fuel EX 9.9 XX1 AXS delights on the climbs and tackles downhill terrain with it's slack (and very adjustable) geometry.

May 2022 · Guy Kesteven

Trek’s alloy Fuel EX trail mountain bike lacks the latest features but is the overall package still a winner?

Tight, precise frame

Sorted all round handling

Very efficient suspension feel

Durable Shimano kit

Excellent sizing options

Heavy frame

No internal storage

Press fit bottom bracket

Top Fuel is more playful

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  • Frame Alpha Platinum Aluminium, tapered head tube, Knock Block, Control Freak internal routing, downtube guard, ISCG 05, magnesium rocker link, Mino Link, ABP, Boost148, 130 mm travel
  • Fork Fox Rhythm Float 34, Fox Rhythm 34, Float EVOL air spring, GRIP damper, tapered steerer, 44 mm offset, Boost110, 15 mm Kabolt axle, 140 mm travel
  • Shock Size: XS, S, Fox Performance Float EVOL, 3-position RE:aktiv damper, tuned by Trek Suspension Lab, 210 mm x 52.5 mm; Size: S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, Fox Performance Float EVOL, 3-position RE:aktiv damper, tuned by Trek Suspension Lab, 210 mm x 55 mm
  • Hubs Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, alloy axle, 6-bolt, Shimano MicroSpline freehub, Boost148, 12 mm thru axle
  • Wheels Bontrager Line Comp 30, Tubeless Ready, 6-bolt, Boost110, 15 mm thru axle
  • Wheel Size 29" 27.5"
  • Spokes DT Swiss Champion, J-Bend, Black
  • Tires Size: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, Bontrager XR4 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 29.x2.40"; Size: XS, S, Bontrager XR4 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 27.5x2.60"; Size: S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, Bontrager XR4 Team Issue, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 120 tpi, 29x2.60"
  • Chain Shimano SLX, Shimano SLX M7100, 12-speed
  • Bottom Bracket Shimano MT500, 92 mm, PressFit
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano XT, Shimano XT M8100, long cage, 51T max cog
  • Shifters Shimano XT, Shimano XT M8100, 12-speed
  • Brakeset Shimano , Shimano 4-piston hydraulic disc, MT4100 lever, MT420 calliper
  • Handlebar Size: XS, S, Bontrager Line, alloy, 35 mm, 27.5 mm rise, 750 mm width; Size: M, ML, L, XL, XXL, Bontrager Line, alloy, 35 mm, 27.5 mm rise, 780 mm width
  • Saddle Bontrager Arvada, hollow chromoly rails, 138 mm width
  • Seatpost Size: XS, S, Bontrager Line Dropper, 100 mm travel, internal routing, 31.6 mm, 345 mm length; Size: M, ML, L, XL, XXL, Bontrager Line Dropper, 150mm travel, internal routing, 31.6 mm, 440mm length
  • Stem Size: XS, S, Bontrager Line, 35 mm, Knock Block, 0-degree, 40 mm length; Size: M, ML, L, XL, XXL, Bontrager Line, 35 mm, Knock Block, 0-degree, 50 mm length
  • Grips Bontrager XR Trail Elite, nylon lock-on

Q: How much is a 2021 Trek Fuel EX 8?

A 2021 Trek Fuel EX 8 is typically priced around £3,200 GBP when new. Be sure to shop around for the best price, and also look to the used market for a great deal.

Q: Where to buy a 2021 Trek Fuel EX 8?

The 2021 Trek Fuel EX 8 may be purchased directly from Trek .

Q: How much does a 2021 Trek Fuel EX 8 weigh?

A 2021 Trek Fuel EX 8 weights 13.86.

Q: What size wheels does the 2021 Trek Fuel EX 8 have?

The 2021 Trek Fuel EX 8 has 29" and 27.5" wheels.

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Trek Fuel EX 8 review – still one of the best trail MTBs?

Trek’s alloy fuel ex trail mountain bike lacks the latest features but is the overall package still a winner.

Trek Fuel EX 8

BikePerfect Verdict

Heavy frame that misses the latest features but still a great package for fast and precise all round mountain biking

Tight, precise frame

Sorted all round handling

Very efficient suspension feel

Durable Shimano kit

Excellent sizing options

Heavy frame

No internal storage

Press fit bottom bracket

Top Fuel is more playful

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Trek’s Fuel EX has been one of the best mountain bikes in the world for years, but the alloy-framed 8 is lacking some of the features the latest alloy and carbon Treks. High-durability component spec matches the vibe of a really well-balanced bike. One that plans ahead, hands its homework in early (having double checked it) and rarely puts a wheel wrong or goads you into being silly yourself. So how has Trek done that and is there a better option in the range if you want something short on travel but big on fun?

Trek Fuel suspension

Design and aesthetics

Trek has been using a rocker link-driven, vertical shock suspension design on its bikes for so long that “Looks like a Trek Session” is a cliche on most MTB forums. No surprise then that the Fuel EX continues the clean looks which leave plenty of room for a big bottle on the down tube and strap-on storage. You don’t get the internal storage of the newer Top Fuel alloy frame though and this older frame still uses a press-fit bottom bracket rather than reverting to a more reliable threaded  format. There are ISCG chain keeper tabs on the BB though, a wider-angle Knock Block steering limiter to stop bars hitting the frame in a crash and rear axle concentric ABP rear suspension pivot. Cunning zip tie tabbed ‘Control Freak’ internal cable routing and rubber frame armor including molded chainstay sleeves keep things quiet. 

You also get the 0.5-degree geometry change ‘Mino Link’ flip chip at the seat stay/rocker pivot. That changes head angle from 65.5- to 65-degrees and effective seat angle from 75.5- to 75-degrees on the Large I tested. Reach also shifts from 475 to 470mm and BB height drops from 346 to 340mm. The big win with choosing a Trek though is the sheer range of sizes from XXS to XXL including a sweet spot ML in the centre. Smaller bikes also run 27.5in wheels for proportional balance, too, although the chainstays are the same length on all frame sizes. The Fuel EX 8 is also available in three different two-tone color options.

Shimano XT drivetrain on Trek Fuel EX 8


Trek acknowledges that the ‘priority is on the parts’ with the EX 8 and the highlight is an almost complete Shimano XT drivetrain (the chain is SLX). The Fox Float shock is a custom unit, too, using a Penske race car derived RE:aktiv damper setup for a pert-pedaling feel on top of the 130mm travel. The 140mm Fox 34 fork is the stock Rhythm spec though and the Shimano brakes are basic four-piston MT400s. Bontrager’s functional Line component range completes the bike in well-judged, size-specific cockpit options although dropper post strokes are short on the larger sizes. Big volume versions of Bontrager’s XR5 and XR4 tires on Bontrager Line Comp 30mm internal rims put plenty of air between bike and trail for protection, too.

Trek Fuel EX 8 3/4


While the EX8 isn’t light at just under 15kg (a full kilo heavier than Trek claims) it’s in the ballpark for a mid-travel, alloy-framed bike at this price. What really stands out is how well it hides that weight when it comes to pedaling. The big tires don’t drag nearly as much as they look like they might, while the RE:aktiv shock and overall kinematic give it a really clean, crisp and stable platform to put down power from. That means even with three potential low-compression settings to play with, we rarely felt compelled to flick it out of full open unless we were hoofing uphill out of the saddle. Add the clean shifting, top-quality Shimano XT drivetrain and the Fuel EX is a great choice for high-mileage rides and riders. The fast-engaging ‘Rapid Drive’ freehub and relatively high ground clearance are a bonus for anyone who likes to kick hard out of corners or attack rough technical climbs, too. The efficient suspension feel still gives enough sensitivity to track the ground under power and you can drop pressures in the big tires if you’re into a proper ‘crawler/swamper’ feel. 

The 140mm fork/130mm rear travel feels well balanced on the trail and the Grip damper Fox Rhythm repeatedly proved why its our favorite cost-effective fork. Trek’s suspension calculator is accurate enough to get most people sorted on set-up for most situations. The angles and proportions of the model we tested were confident at speed on jumps but still turned in promptly on woodland twisters. Even the basic Shimano brakes feel better than normal through the neutral suspension responses created by the ABP pivot and the 200mm rotor up front boosts power, too.

While you could speed up reactions with a shorter stem, the stock setup probably suits its overall character better. That’s because while it will pop and play off trailside opportunities if you’re in the mood, it does tend to sit on top of an already relatively high ride height rather than sucking down onto the trail and railing. Interestingly that’s a big - and counter intuitive - difference to the Top Fuel 8. With slightly steeper angles, less travel, significantly different suspension kinematic and top-spec RockShox rear shock, Trek’s pocket rocket has an addictively playful charisma that’s very much at odds with it’s ‘XC’ categorization. 

In fact, despite it being heavier we’d probably opt for the Fuel EX for long marathon-style or efficiency-based events, especially as it’s significantly cheaper than its little brother, leaving you more cash for race entries and energy products. Just make sure you keep an eye on the press-fit bottom bracket and get it replaced as soon as it shows any signs of wobble/creak as that can eventually creates frame issues.

Trek’s Fuel range might be a bit backwards when it comes to assigning categories based on travel but the main thing is that the Fuel EX is still a really efficient, enjoyable and fitness/skill flattering all rounder. While it misses out on the internal storage, threaded BB and super-plush playfulness of the Top Fuel, Shimano XT will always bring a lot of hard riding boys (and girls) to the yard. Those are exactly the riders who’ll appreciate just how well this extremely well balanced bike covers ground and keeps a fresh and sharp feel long into the day, and down tough technical sections, too. 

Tech Specs: Trek Fuel EX 8 XT

  • Price: $3,929.99 / £3,200
  • Discipline: Trail
  • Head angle: 66/66.5-degrees
  • Frame material: Trek Alpha Platinum Aluminum
  • Sizes: XS, S, M, M/L, L (tested) XL, XXL
  • Weight: 14.9kg
  • Wheel size: 29 x 2.3in
  • Suspension (front/rear): Fox Rhythm 34, Float EVOL 140mm travel, 44mm offset/Fox Performance Float EVOL, 3-position RE:aktiv 130mm travel
  • Components: Shimano XT 10-51T, 12-speed gearing, shifter, chainset and cassette. Shimano SLX chain. Shimano MT400 brakes with 200/180mm rotors. Bontrager XR4 Team Issue 29 x 2.6in front and Bontrager XR5 Team Issue 29 x 2.5in rear tires on Bontrager Line Comp 30 wheels. Bontrager Line 780 x 35mm bar and 50 x 35 mm stem, Bontrager Line Dropper 150mm dropper post, Bontrager Arvada saddle

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CelebWatch: Shatner Gets “Weird” + Pine Goes To “Moscow” + Nimoy Wraps “Fringe” + Quinto On The “Margin”

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Shatner pitches "Weird or What" in Cannes

We will find in May if William Shatner’s new sitcom Bleep My Dad Says gets picked up, but one Shatner show that is definitely going on the air is Weird or What , a new documentary series Shatner is co-producing an hosting. The show description press release make it sound a bit like Leonard Nimoy’s In Search Of :

in Weird or What? William Shatner will investigate and analyze all that is weird in the world, including everything from paranormal phenomena to weird and wonderful creatures, from medical oddities to mysterious disappearances, and bizarre natural disasters to mystical monster attacks.  

The show has been sold to Discovery Channel in the US and History Channel in Canada. Today Shatner is at the MIP TV convention in Cannes today selling  the show to the world. Variety reports that production company Cineflix has successfully sold the show to "nearly every territory". At the event Shatner described the show:

We’re looking at weird circumstances but we’re presenting them in a light-hearted, jaunty way. We’re not taking ourselves too seriously.

Chris Pine headed to Moscow as Jack Ryan

Last year Chris Pine, the new Kirk, was tapped as the new Jack Ryan, to head up another big Paramount franchise. New details have emerged on this next film based on the Tom Clancy character. Pajiba reports the following story synopsis for the next Jack Ryan film (now with the working title of "Moscow"):

The movie will pick up with the Jack Ryan not long after his stint in the Marines, before he’s joined the CIA, while he’s a Wall Street stock broker, an occupation that will play heavily into the script. In the Clancy novels, Jack Ryan was a successful financial analyst in Baltimore for Merrill Lynch. In the new movie, he will have transplanted to Moscow to continue his financial advising, not for Merill Lynch (which has been absorbed by Bank of America), but for a billionaire employer. It is that billionaire employer who eventually sets Jack Ryan up to take the fall for terrorist plot designed to collapse the U.S. economy. After that, Ryan must race against time to clear his name, reveal the terrorist plot, and save his wife, who has been taken hostage by the billionaire employer.

No word yet on when "Moscow" will go in front of cameras or be released, but probably following Pine’s work on the next Star Trek .

Nimoy’s last day as an actor? + honored as space inspiration

Spock Prime, Leonard Nimoy has recently stated he is ready to back into acting retirement. This would mean his last job as an actor would be reprising his role as William Bell in the season finale  JJ Abrams’ Fringe . And yesterday, Nimoy tweeted " Finishing work on Fringe today. Really good experience. The two parter will air in May." Today he tweeted that his back home. Speaking of Twitter, in just four days TheRealNimoy has picked up almost 33,000 followers.

But Mr. Nimoy is still out and about. On Thursday Leonard is being honored by the Space Foundation at the National Space Symposium in Colorado. Nimoy is being presented with the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach award for being an inspiration to people around the world "to explore the wonders of science, space, and technology." And a reminder, next Friday the original Spock is headed to the Vulcan, Alberta, Canada (the official Star Trek capital of Canada) to unveil a bust of himself, and then he is off to the Calgary Entertainment Expo for the weekend.

Quinto on NYSE floor

Finally we come to the new Mr. Spock, Zachary Quinto. The actor is currently in New York  filling out his resume as a producer an actor in Margin Call , a film set in the world of the stock market. Last week Zach tweeted this pic of himself with his Before the Door production company partners.

While he has been in New York, Quinto has been a frequent Twitterer, sending gems like this one last Thursday:

the t-shirt i was wearing today smelled. so i bought a new t-shirt. now it smells. already. why you got to be so smelly t-shirts?

But no worries, Zach was cleaned up all nice by the next night…

Jeez, that photo of Nimoy is fierce! :D

I cant wait to see nimoy and the shat at vegas will miss them when their gone

Shats new show sounds fun–long as they dont make fun of believers cuz that could be bad n sad–

Like a jaunty “In Search Of…”

If I see one more word with quotes around it I’m going to “scream”.

Has Shatner seen Star Trek 11 yet?

How really cares. I don’t. maybe I did at one point. But I don’t now. Let it go. For crying….out….loud

“We’re not taking ourselves too seriously.”

In contrast to some of today’s Hollywood actor wannabees, Shatner can afford to not take himself too seriously. :)

Nimoy looks like an old, and very wise Spock on that photo. Acting retirement surely would be a waste of material…

#6 No, he’s busy having a life. :))

The two shows should be combined to form a show called “Weird Fringe”, and in the first show William Shatner could focus on mysteries of Mr.Spock’s bowl haircut.

Wow whats up with Quinto’s nerdball galsses….First we see a hobo Spock and now dork Spock.

ZQ’s follow up tweet is hilarious!

Nimoy always look cool…kinda badass…you wish Fringe would throw a evil Spock beard on him! Shat looks kinda pudgy…a jolly old type… I was really hoping Mr Nimoy would make it in the new MI movie as Paris…maybe a evil Paris with a beard!

Jack Ryan before Star Trek or after???

From everything I’ve seen of Ben Affleck, he’s pretty impressed with himself. Chris Pine will be 1000 times better than him.

Quinto needs a fashion adviser.

I think Quinto should do a music video as Bilbo Baggins

Alec Baldwin was a great Jack Ryan. Tough act to follow (and I’m a big Ford fan).

16. Yeah! xD lol

Quinto is always dressed stylish, cool and modern- I love it. Zach, just rub some patchouly on yourself and get back to work please!!!!!!!! And Bleep Jack Ryan!

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Best Moscow Mule with Ginger Ale

Nov 02, 2019

Have you ever wondered whether you can make a Moscow Mule with ginger ale instead of ginger beer? The answer is "yes"! In this post, we reveal the best recipe for a Moscow Mule with ginger ale. Grab your cocktail glasses and let's start!


When most people think about drinking a cocktail, chances are they’re thinking about spending good times with friends, unwinding after a difficult day at the office, or getting started on a long night of debaucherous fun. Essentially, they’re using this sugary alcoholic drink as a means to an end: they want to develop a bit of a buzz, and cocktails represent a tasty and convenient way to do exactly that. 

Nothing wrong with that, of course. But some of us like to think of these drinks as carrying the weight of their own history, having gone through all kinds of versions and permutations over decades of history as they get re-interpreted by countless people until finally reaching us in their present forms.

Yes, there is such a thing as a cocktail history nerd. Bet you didn’t know that.

The mighty Moscow Mule is one of those cocktails with a rich history behind it. A delicious concoction made up of vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer (more on that in a second!), the recipe reached a certain level of ubiquity before it started gradually fading from the memories of bar staff and patrons alike, now slowly building back up towards what appears to be a sort of Moscow Mule renaissance. Along the way, it picked up a number of alternate versions: a gin version, an Irish whiskey version, an absinthe version, etc. Each with their own catchy spin on the name. But the classic recipe remained intact: vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer.

cup filled with yellow liquid ice and mint leaves

Well…  except it’s not intact. In fact, more and more the “ginger beer” portion of the recipe has been substituted for ginger ale . Why is that? And what difference does it make in the resulting drink? Well, in order to determine that, we must think about the role that ginger beer plays in Moscow Mules in the first place.

One of the most interesting things about the genesis of ginger beer is that it was born out of necessity. There was a long period of time where water was not safe to drink, and so the beer that was produced had to have high enough alcohol content to kill any bacteria. Alcohol being, well, alcohol, the resulting beers didn't taste great, and so ginger was added to the brewing process. Ginger anything is delicious, so it stood to reason that people would embrace this new invention of ginger beer. Fast forward several decades: potable water is a thing now, and ginger beer has fallen somewhat out of popularity, but many still enjoy it. 

Ginger ale, however, is a whole other beast. For one, it is markedly sweeter -- ginger ale was developed as a way to capitalize on the soda-fountain craze, and so this sweetened, carbonated drink with ginger flavor became wildly popular among the general population. Unlike ginger beer, ginger ale is not brewed. It is essentially carbonated water with ginger syrup. It overtook the very alcohol-heavy ginger beer as the most famous ginger drink, favoring sweetness over the difficult, rich, almost-peppery taste of ginger beer.

Substituting ginger beer for ginger ale in a Moscow Mule makes a world of difference because, as you can probably imagine from the above descriptions, ginger beer and ginger ale are dramatically different drinks. While the classic recipe calls for ginger beer, the ginger ale provides an entirely new drinking experience, its sugary sweetness perfectly complimenting the lime juice and the kick from the vodka. It is an overall fizzier drink, much milder to the taste but also better suited for entertaining and sharing drinks with friends. Ginger beer is considerably spicier and more bitter, while the texture will also be flatter and less reminiscent of a classic soda-fountain soft drink.

It’s important to understand that, although this substitution is becoming more and more common, you are fundamentally altering the drink in every way that counts. Some people may prefer the fizzy sweetness of ginger ale in contrast to the harsher, spicier, murkier complexity of ginger beer, and that’s okay. There is space for both approaches, and it ultimately comes down to personal preference.

So, once you’ve decided that you’ll swap ginger beer out for ginger ale, which do you use? 

First, let’s get the basics out of the way and cover how to make a Moscow Mule with ginger ale, because if you’re anything like us, you thought this was way more complicated than it ended up being.

This is what you’ll need to make a Moscow Mule with ginger ale:

You want to make sure to use good quality vodka, as the ginger and lime flavors are going to be dominating the mix. As unobtrusive as vodka can be, you also want to make sure that it's not too bland; we tend to favor Tito's brand vodka for Moscow Mules.

You want to squeeze your lime juice straight from fresh limes. No bottled lime juice, please -- though this rule should extend beyond Moscow Mules and into life in general.

As stated, this would traditionally be ginger beer, but we’ve established that we’ll be switching things up and going with the sweeter alternative. There are, of course, various ginger ale options to pick from, and we’ll be getting into that in a moment.

Combine half an ounce of lime juice and 2 ounces vodka in a copper mug . Top with ginger beer serve with a straw. Easy!

Now that we have the recipe out of the way, let’s tackle the topic of which ginger ale we should use for our Moscow Mule. Below are five great options.

Hotlips Real Roots Soda Ginger Ale:  We’ll start this list off with our absolute favorite ginger ale. Everything that we can point to as a favorite quality -- from its sweet-tart balance to its overall heat level -- is also something that we can call an essential part of my Moscow Mule drinking experience. It’s the most well-balanced of all these products, and did the best job of making our Moscow Mule a great drinking experience. Hotlips Real Roots Soda was definitely our favorite of the traditional ginger ales.

Blenheimn Hot Ginger Ale: Next up, a ginger ale with a bit of a kick. Blenheim comes in three levels: Hot, Not as Hot, and Diet. The Hot ginger ale not only packs a punch (without going overboard on the heat level), but it is also absolutely delicious, with its sweet bubbly nature working almost as a trojan horse for the hot, pepper-y explosion that soon follows. Definitely a heat-forward ginger ale. The Not As Hot option is also great, but your Moscow Mule will definitely lose some of its punch. And if you’re looking to keep your Moscow Mule as low-calorie as possible, the Diet option is your best bet.

Boylan’s Bottling Ginger Ale: What makes Boylan's ginger ale stand out is its strong citrus flavor. Those tangy, fruity notes enhance the peppery flavor of ginger and help balance out the sweetness. Not only that, but they've managed to perfect the level of carbonation to the point where it feels exactly right for each drink you're fixing. Plus, Boylan's is so easily accessible that you won't have a problem finding this in most major grocery store chains in the country.

Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Lemonade: Speaking of easily available! Canada Dry has become all but synonymous with the term ginger ale; this citrusy twist on the ubiquitous classic can be found at virtually all major grocery stores. It is a combination of lemonade and ginger ale, which works surprisingly well when paired with vodka and lime juice. Yes, it is considerably milder than a lot of different types of ginger ale you can try, but it’s also a sugary classic that is absolutely undeniable.

R.W Knudsen Spritzer Ginger Ale: Knudsen’s ginger ale is surprisingly sweet, with clearer caramel notes and a much more subdued ginger taste than the other options listed here. It’s a fruitier ginger ale overall, and will liven up your Moscow Mule, but it is definitely the least ginger-forward of these options. You might want to skip this if you are looking for that classic ginger flavor.

Recipe Ideas

Strawberry moscow mule with ginger ale.

two Moscow Muled copper mugs filled with liquid strawberry ice and mint leaves

If you're feeling a little adventurous, you can try one of these twists on the classic Moscow Mule cocktail. The simplicity of this drink allows us to play around with ingredients and flavor profiles that match well with it. For example, we’ll be starting things off with this Strawberry Moscow Mule recipe. This bright, seasonal recipe is great for any occasion, and can even be turned into a non-alcoholic drink to share with family members of all ages.

This recipe is, of course, extremely straightforward! The first thing you need to do is muddle the strawberry. Once that's done, we add the ginger ale, some vodka, some simple syrup, and our lime juice. We stir together, add ice, garnish with some fresh mint, and voila! You've made a Strawberry Moscow Mule with ginger ale.

Apple Pie Moscow Mule with Ginger Ale

Here is another fruity twist on the Moscow Mule formula. This Apple Pie Moscow Mule uses apple juice as the base of the cocktail. It's sweet, but not overwhelmingly so; an autumnal take on the Moscow Mule tradition that will delight everyone lucky enough to be around when you're serving it.


Cinnamon-Infused Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 sticks cinnamon

Apple Pie Moscow Mule:

  • 2 oz. apple juice
  • 3 oz. ginger ale
  • 1 ½ oz. vodka
  • ½ oz. lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • ½ oz. cinnamon simple syrup


The first thing we're going to do is make a cinnamon-infused simple syrup. In a saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil, then remove from the heat. Then add in your cinnamon sticks and cover for anywhere between 30 minutes to two hours. Once the syrup has finished infusing and tastes cinnamon-y enough, strain and pour into a mason jar. Refrigerate until it's time to start making the cocktails.

Once you’ve got your cinnamon simple syrup, it’s just a matter of mixing everything together. Measure out the apple juice, ginger ale, vodka, lime juice, and cinnamon simple syrup in a copper mug (not required, of course, but that is the traditional Moscow Mule serving container). Stir up the ingredients with a spoon and top with some ice. That's it! Enjoy with friends and family.

Low Carb Moscow Mule with Ginger Ale

Finally for today, we're going to take a look at a low-carb Moscow Mule with Ginger Ale recipe. It might seem counter-intuitive to make a low-sugar version of such a sweet cocktail, but, with the right ingredients, you can pull it off!

For the Ginger Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup peeled ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar substitute

For the Moscow Mule:

  • 4 oz premium vodka
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz ginger syrup
  • 8 oz diet ginger ale (the aforementioned Blenheim Diet is a good choice)
  • Fresh mint leaves to garnish

To make the ginger syrup, combine ginger, water and sweetener in a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil over high heat. Once it boils, lower the heat to medium and let it simmer for ten minutes. Then cool for hour, strain, and store in a clean jar in the fridge. It lasts for up to 2 weeks.

To make the Moscow Mule, combine your vodka, lime juice, ginger syrup and ginger ale in a small pitcher. Make sure to stir well. Pour it over ice and garnish with a bit of fresh mint. To ensure a stronger mint flavor, smash the mint leaves in the bottom of the mug before drinking! 

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