Moscow Mule Cocktail Is The Perfect Drink You Need Tonight

This cocktail’s creation has nothing to do with Moscow or mules, but after a few sips of this vodka, ginger beer, and lime mixture, no one will care.

How to Make a Moscow Mule Copper mugs recommended, but not required, for this cocktail.

The Moscow Mule nearly crackles from its bite. Just a note that ginger ale is not equal to ginger beer, but what the hell, use in case of emergency. Then, drink your Moscow Mule while debating the extent of geopolitical meddling by our Russian comrades, or while ruminating on anything but politics. Na zdarovje.

Moscow Mule Background

Surprise, the Moscow Mule is not from Russian. It’s an American cocktail. Created first in Los Angeles years before the Cold War. In fact, it happened to be invented the same year that the Soviet Union and the U.S. became allies. Two Men, a bar manager and of course the Smirnoff Ice  exec who needed to sell Vodka to the Americans.

Moscow mule mugs: The Moscow Mule’s iconic copper mug came from the Cock ‘n’ Bull’s idea factory as well. It was a hell of a marketing campaign. The Moscow Mule got very popular among the Hollywood elite, and according to drinks historian David Wondrich, helped America get better acquainted with vodka.

The classic Moscow Mule is served in a copper mug.


What is in a Moscow Mule?  Three simple ingredients.  With all cocktails with such a little ingredient list, the quality of each of those three ingredients will make a distinguished difference in your cocktail.  So bypass the cheapest options at the liquor store, and do some taste-testing to learn which Moscow Mule ingredients you love best.

To make a homemade Moscow Mule cocktail, you will need:

  • Ginger Beer: 

    Everyone has a distinct opinion about which brand makes the best ginger beer for Moscow Mules, so go with whichever one you admire most!

  • personal favourites include:
    • Q Ginger Beer 
    • Fever-Tree Ginger Beer 
    • Thomas Henry (available in Europe)
  • Vodka: 

    Quality is also important here, so try to avoid the lowest bottle in the store.  I would suggest Tito’s or Absolut vodka.

  • Freshly-Squeezed Lime Juice: 

    Keywords: freshly-squeezed.  Bypass the bottled lime juice and I promise you will taste the difference!

You should also use lots of ice per serving (crushed ice is fabulous ) plus garnishes if you would like.  I tend to just add my leftover lime wedge into the drink, plus maybe a sprig of mint.

Moscow Mule Nutrition Facts

153 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 15.1g; sodium 10mg.


Instructions Checklist
  • Pour vodka and lime juice into a mug; add ice cubes and ginger beer. Stir to combine.

  • Drop a lime wedge into the mug for garnish.

Moscow Mule cocktail

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