This is the best Moscow Mule recipe! It is made with vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer and is served up in perfect copper Moscow Mule mugs. The classic Moscow Mule is the perfect easy cocktail for any occasion or season. It is the perfect combo of bubbly, crisp, and refreshing!
Moscow Mule cocktails date back to the 1940s and are such a popular drink right now. Probably because they are so easy to make (no cocktail shaker or fancy gadgets needed), they come in a fun copper mug and they are absolutely delicious! A vodka cocktail made with just a few simple ingredients, it is very easy to make fun twists on them, but you really can’t beat the original Moscow Mule recipe.
If you are wondering about all things Moscow Mule, you’ve come to the right place!
Moscow Mule Ingredients
The ingredients for a classic Moscow Mule are so simple, making this cocktail an easy one to make up in minutes. Gather the following ingredients:
- Vodka. See below for the best vodka for Moscow Mule.
- Ginger Beer. A light yet spicy complement to the vodka and lime juice. This ingredient is what sets the cocktail apart, making it worth it to invest in a good quality option. See more on what is recommended and a sweeter swap below!
- Limes. The juice is what is important here, but we prefer fresh limes and juice to store-bought to provide a fresher flavor and some color. You can certainly use bottled as that is sometimes easier to keep on hand.
Best Vodka For Moscow Mule
Using a good quality vodka is important for this moscow mule recipe, including one that you enjoy the flavor of. Tito’s is recommended, which provides good flavor without being a top shelf option.
The Best Ginger Beer For Moscow Mule
The best ginger beer for Moscow Mule can be debated forever. Here are our recommendations:
- Crabbies, as you can see pictured here, but we also love Sprecher Hard Ginger Beer.
- Swap ginger ale. If you can’t find ginger beer or if you prefer a slightly sweeter drink that isn’t quite as strong, you can replace the ginger beer with ginger ale. It won’t be the original Moscow Mule, but it will be delicious.
How to Make a Moscow Mule
- Fill a copper mug with ice.
- Add vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice.
- Stir gently to combine, garnish, and enjoy.
Moscow Mule Mugs
Copper mugs are the most popular way to serve and enjoy a Moscow Mule, but if you don’t have any, a glass tumbler will do just fine. The copper keeps the drink nice and cold, and it certainly tastes best ice cold. Serve your Moscow Mule with a few slices of lime and lots of ice. Enjoy the icy cold goodness it has to offer!
Moscow Mule Variations
While the original Moscow Mule, also known as a vodka buck, is a classic for a reason, there are a lot of fun twists on them that are also delicious. Here are a few!
- Swap out the vodka for tequila in this Tequila Mule or for gin.
- Use flavored vodka. The possibilities are endless for fruity kick, but some of the most popular flavors are strawberry, peach, raspberry, and cucumber. This Cherry Moscow Mule Recipe is a must try!
- Moscow Mule Slush is the ultimate summer mule cocktail.
- Swap out vodka for rum and add mint. A cross between a Mule and a Mojito, this herbal variation is fresh and invigorating.
The copper keeps the drink nice and cold and has become the signature way to serve a mule. If you don’t have a copper mug, a Moscow Mule will be just as tasty in a glass tumbler.
Though everyone thinks of the Moscow Mule as a drink that came from Russia, it was actually born in the United States. It came together with three people in Hollywood looking to market three things: copper mugs, ginger beer, and vodka.
The classic mule is made with vodka, but other variations have included tequila, gin, rum, and whiskey.
Originally ginger beer was made as an alcoholic drink. Despite the name, many commercial ginger beers nowadays are not fermented and therefore do not contain alcohol. Check the packaging of your ginger beer to know if it contains alcohol or not.
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Moscow Mule Recipe
- 1 1/2 oz vodka
- 1/2 cup ginger beer see note
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- 1 lime wedge for garnish optional
- Pour the vodka, ginger beer and lime juice into a copper mug.
- Top with ice.
- Garnish and enjoy!
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