Moscow Mule Cocktail – Spicy Kick with a Citrus Finish

A Moscow mule is a buck or mule cocktail made with vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, and garnished with a slice or wedge of lime.  The terms buck, or mule are used to refer to historic drinks that contain ginger beer, or ginger ale, along with a citrus juice and some kind of spirit. In the case of the Moscow mule, the spirit is vodka. 

This refreshing Moscow Mule drink is best served in a copper mug. It became very popular in the US in the 1960s when the Vodka craze was so popular. See how to make it - thegardeningcook.com/moscow-mule-cocktail

Summer Time Fun with A Traditional Moscow Mule Cocktail.

A Moscow mule is normally served in a copper mug. If you were an adult in the 1950s, you may remember that drinking vodka became a craze in the US.   Even though the vodka craze is not as great as it once was, Moscow mules are very popular with the younger drinking crowd.

There are a couple of claims as to the origin of the drink.

One claim is that the drink was invented in 1939 by two men – John G. Martin, of G.F Heublein Brothers, Inc, a food and spirits distributor in the east coast of the US, and “Jack” Morgan, president of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products, a company that  produced Ginger Beer and owner of the Cock ‘n’ Bull restaurant on Sunset Blvd in LA, a very popular restaurant with celebrities of the time. 

Another claim is that in 1941, the head bartender at the Cock ‘n’ Bull, Wes Price, needed to unload stock of both Smirnoff vodka, and house made ginger beer that wasn’t selling.

Restaurants now serve Moscow Mules in all sorts of containers, but the traditional (and best, in my opinion) way to serve it is in a delightful copper mug.  It gives the drink an earthy look at seems to pair well with the ginger beer taste.

I recently had the opportunity to try out a 16 ounce copper mug from one of my sponsors, Classique Maison. (affiliate links)Moscow mule copper mugI was delighted to open the box and see the quality of this mug.  It is made of solid copper with a brass handle and has a lovely hammered finish.   I love the brass handle.  It sets off the mug nicely and does not transfer heat from your hand like a copper handle does, so the drink stays colder longer. What better use could I use this neat looking mug for that the traditional Moscow Mule Cocktail?

To make the drink, you will need the following ingredients:

  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 – 3 ice cubes
  • 2 ounces of Smirnoff Vodka
  • 6 ounces of Fever Tree Ginger Beer
  • wedge of lime to garnish
  • Copper Mug (affiliate link)

Moscow mule ingredients

The drink is super fast to make.  Just add the lime juice, vodka and ginger beer in a copper mug over the ice and garnish with a lime wheel.  No straining, or shaking is needed.
If you are looking for a vodka drink with a bit of a bite, the Moscow Mule combines the clear spirit with ginger beer for a spicy kick. Lime adds a touch of citrus to make it a taste that will keep you coming back for more.Moscow Mule
Note:  I received this mug for free in exchange for linking to it in this recipe.  I only recommend products that I enjoy and feel will be good for my readers. 
Moscow Mule
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 2 - 3 ice cubes
  • 2 ounces of Smirnoff Vodka
  • 6 ounces of Fever Tree Ginger Beer
  • wedge of lime to garnish
  • Copper Mug
Instructions
  1. Add the lime juice, vodka and ginger beer in a copper mug over the ice and garnish with a lime wheel.

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