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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.

Often, you will be served a Moscow mule in a copper mug.

Copper mug with ice and lime wedge near some cocktail skewers and a green napkin with words reading Moscow Mule Cocktail.

Summer Time Fun with A Traditional Moscow Mule Cocktail.

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.

This was 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.Moscow mule copper mugCopper mugs with brass handles don’t transfer heat from your hand like a copper handle does, so the drink stays colder longer.

What better vessel could I use than this neat looking mug for a traditional Moscow Mule cocktail recipe?

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

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 drink with lime and cocktail sticks near a green napkin.

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Would you like a reminder of this recipe for the traditional Moscow mule cocktail? Just pin this image to one of your cocktails boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.

Moscow mule recipe in a copper mug with a green towel and words reading Traditional Moscow Mule.

Admin note: this post for the Moscow mule recipe first appeared on the blog in March of 2015. I have updated the post to add new images and a printable recipe card.

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Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule

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.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 - 3 ice cubes
  • 2 ounces of Smirnoff vodka
  • 6 ounces of 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.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 161mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 3gSugar: 54gProtein: 1g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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