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The Original Moscow Mule Recipe

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Posted: 01/12/18

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This is the best Moscow Mule Recipe! It is made with vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer, though you could replace the vodka with rum and and some mint for a fun twist!  Served up in perfect copper Moscow Mule mugs.  Looking for more twists on the original Moscow Mule recipe? How about this Cherry Moscow Mule Recipe?  This Tropical Moscow Mule is a little more out there. And if you are feeling very adventurous, you could try this Jalapeño Moscow Mule.

If you are looking for the best Moscow Mule recipe, this is it! Served up in copper mugs to keep it nice and cold.

Moscow Mule cocktails are such a popular drink right now!  Probably because they are so easy to make, they come in a fun copper mug and they are absolutely delicious!  Because they are 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!

WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF THE MOSCOW MULE?

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.  I bet they had no idea what a genius combination they would be and how far it would go.  Learn more about the origins here.

WHY DOES A MOSCOW MULE HAVE TO BE IN A COPPER MUG?

Though the mule certainly doesn’t have to be in a copper mug, the reason it continues to be served that way is because the copper keeps the drink nice and cold, and it certainly tastes best ice cold.  Not only that, copper mugs are just cool. ?

Only a few simple ingredients are needed to make the best Moscow Mule recipe!

I’m sure you came here to find out the most important thing:

HOW DO YOU MAKE A MOSCOW MULE?

A Moscow Mule combines three simple ingredients:

  • Vodka: We prefer Titos when making our Moscow Mules
  • Lime Juice: Though freshly squeezed is the preferred way to go, you can certainly use bottled as that is sometimes easier to keep on hand.
  • Ginger Beer: The best ginger beer for a Moscow Mule can be debated forever.  We used Crabbies, as you can see pictured here, but we also love Sprecher Hard Ginger Beer.

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.

Love the original and want to try everything Moscow Mule? Be sure to try some of these great variations:

The original Moscow Mule recipe comes together so fast, you will want to make it again and again.

If you are looking for the best Moscow Mule recipe, this is it! Served up in copper mugs to keep it nice and cold.
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Moscow Mule Recipe

Serves: 1 cocktail
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This is the best Moscow Mule Recipe! It is made with vodka and ginger beer, though you could replace the vodka with rum and and some mint for a fun twist!  Served up in perfect copper Moscow Mule mugs.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 cup ginger beer see note
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1 lime wedge for garnish optional

Notes

If you don't like the taste of ginger beer or it makes it too strong for you, you can substitute ginger ale.  It will change the taste a bit and it won't be the original, but it will still be delicious.
If you are looking for the best Moscow Mule recipe, this is it! Served up in copper mugs to keep it nice and cold.

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If you are looking for fun Moscow Mule recipes, make this Cherry Moscow Mule!

Need a good Moscow Mule recipe? Try the original!

This is the best Moscow Mule Recipe! It is made with vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer, though you could replace the vodka with rum and and some mint for a fun twist!

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Lisa Longley has been creating great recipes for more than a decade. While it is too hard for her to pick her favorite cocktail, she is known to love our dirty martini.

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  1. averie @ averie cooks says

    You have quite the collection of gorgeous copper mugs!

    So pretty and pinned!

    • Lisa Longley says

      They are my favorite!! ? And thank you, friend!

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