How to Make a Moscow Mule

August 28, 2015 4 Comments by Beth

The Moscow Mule has to be my favorite cocktail of 2015.  It has just 3 simple ingredients but packs a punch of flavor.

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The Moscow Mule became popular in the 1950s when Jack Morgan, owner of the Cock ‘n’ Bull restaurant in Los Angeles, was trying to push more Ginger Beer.  Ginger Beer is not to be confused with Ginger Ale. Both are non-alcoholic, but Ginger Beer is much spicier than the traditionally sweet Ginger Ale.  Morgan teamed up with John Martin, a vodka distributor to create a memorable cocktail that could help push more Smirnoff Vodka.  To this day, most bars and restaurants will serve the mule in a copper mug.  It creates a instantly recognizable cocktail and elevates the Mule to a whole different level.

Moscow Mules are made with just 3 simple ingredients: Ginger Beer, High-Quality Vodka, and plenty of lime juice.  Now the flavor of your Moscow Mule can vary greatly depending on which brand of Ginger Beer you use.  I’ve tested 4-5 different brands of Ginger Beer to find my favorite.

The winner in my opinion is definitely Gosling’s Ginger Beer with Stoli’s Ginger Beer coming in a close second.  Gosling’s packs plenty of spice with just a hint of sweetness.


Now you don’t necessarily need a copper mug  to enjoy a Moscow Mule – A regular tumbler would work great as well.  I love the look of the copper mug though and as a bonus, it seems to keep the drink incredibly cold!

Give this cocktail recipe a try before the end of summer to learn how to make a Moscow Mule (or anytime of year), and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Moscow Mule

Yield: 1 drink

Moscow Mule


6 oz. Ginger Beer
2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Lime Juice
Lime slices, for garnish


  1. Squeeze lime juice into a copper mug or tumbler glass and add 4-5 ice cubes.
  2. Add Vodka and top off with Ginger Beer.
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

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  1. Mom
    2 years ago

    I love the copper mug!


  2. Cathy
    2 years ago

    Thanks, Beth! I was curious about this drink since I got the mugs for Lyndsey!


    • Beth
      2 years ago

      Definitely give it a try! Many times I will make non-alcoholic moscow mules in the afternoon and just enjoy the ginger beer and lime juice :)


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