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Moscow Mule classic cocktail

There are a few different stories to account for how the Moscow Mule got created. It had something to do with a guy named Jack Morgan who was selling his own brand of ginger beer from his bar, Cock ‘n’ Bull on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, and vodka.

Moscow Mule in copper mug

Wherever it came from, the Moscow Mule enjoyed some serious popularity in the 1950s and ’60s, but later faded into obscurity. There are a few variations on the recipe, but it’s basically a mix of vodka and ginger beer served in a copper mug.

Actually, it’s often been served without the copper mug since there’s no reason for bars to have them, except for this drink. But recently the mug has made a comeback, so if you have one, go for it.

So here it is in the copper mug. You can find a great selection of copper mugs at Advanced Mixology. The one pictured below is the Oggi Copper Mug.

Overhead view of Moscow Mule in copper mug

It’s worth it to use top shelf ingredients in this cocktail. Grey Goose makes a nice choice for the vodka, because it’s smooth and drinkable even when served neat.

The ginger beer is partly a matter of personal taste, since the flavors can vary. You can’t go wrong with Gosling’s or Reed’s, but there are other brands you might like even better.

And here it is in a plain glass, any glass you like, I went with a handled mug.

Moscow Mule in glass mug

If you enjoy this one, be sure to check out another classic: the Dark ‘N’ Stormy cocktail, featuring ginger beer with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum.


Some variations on this recipe leave out the lime juice and just squeeze a lime wedge into the drink. Feel free to tweak the ratio of ingredients to get it just the way you like it.

With or without the iconic copper mug, the Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail. It features the refreshing combination of vodka, ginger beer and lime, and is totally deserving of top shelf ingredients.

Moscow Mule Drink Recipe

The Moscow Mule is a refreshing classic cocktail that features vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. It's tart, spicy, and bubbly, with a taste that's easy to love.


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 6 oz Ginger beer to taste


  1. Put a few ice cubes into a glass.
  2. Squeeze the lime juice into the glass.
  3. Pour in the vodka.
  4. Pour in the ginger beer.
  5. Stir gently with a swizzle stick or mixing spoon.

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