The Best Moscow Mule Recipe EVER!

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Best Moscow Mule recipe

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Enjoy Our Easy Moscow Mule Recipe

Ever since Oprah told the world how amazing a Moscow Mule really is, the old drink has been making a comeback and can even be seen in shows like “Better Call Saul,” much like the Cosmopolitan cocktail once Sex in the City made it their “official” drink.

But the Mule has been around since 1941 at New York’s Chatham Hotel and has quite a story behind it. It was truly a marketers invention.

See, two men, John “Jack” Morgan and John Martin were in the liquor business, but business wasn’t good for either of them. Morgan produced ginger beer, a product that no one seemed to want. And Martin had purchased Smirnoff Vodka in 1938 and was trying hard to sell his vodka, a spirit that wasn’t flying off the shelves either.

In 1942 Martin was having dinner with Jack Morgan — the owner of the famed Cock ‘n’ Bull restaurant on Sunset Strip — and Rudolph Kunett, president of the Pierre Smirnoff when the three men began discussing their mutual woes.

After a few drinks they got talking about how to help each other sell more of their products and they came up with creating a cocktail that would include both of their products.

They mixed the ginger beer with ice and lemon juice. They ended up naming the drink the Moscow Mule a few days later which came to being as the vodka was from Russia (Moscow) and the ginger beer gave the drink a unique kick (mule).

Whether you like their take on the name or not, one thing is for sure, the Moscow Mule is a delicious concoction and today, 82 years later, you can find “Moscow Mule cups” made of copper in almost any large store across the USA. So the drink has definitely had a impact, and rightfully so.

Here’s my Moscow Mule recipe, it’s simple and traditional. But as always, adjust to your own tastes and even play around with the ingredients, after all, it’s your drink. No one will know!

The Moscow Mule is actually a really simple drink to make — here is the basic ingredient list for a Moscow Mule:

Moscow Mule Ingredients

  1. 1 ounce vodka
  2. 1/2 cup ginger beer
  3. Lime slices
  4. Ice

Some people add sugar syrup, bitters, or various liqueurs but this is the no-frills traditional Moscow Mule recipe that devotees swear by.

Making Your Drink

Moscow Mule Copper Mugs

That ingredient list looks simple but if you want the absolute best Moscow Mule in the world, you’ve got a little more work to do.

Two things separate Mule pros from Mule newbies: getting the right ginger beer and mixing and serving the drink in a copper mug.

The mug is absolutely necessary, both for style points and for the best taste as well. The Moscow Mule is a drink to be slowly savored, especially in the warm summer months.

The copper mug is perfect for that, keeping it absolutely chilled — plus you get added bonus points for drinking the Mule in the classic way it was intended.


While any ginger beer will work, real Mule aficionados swear by the Fever Tree ginger beer, which can be found in some grocery stores and supermarkets as well as online.

Fever-Tree Premium Ginger Beer

What you want is a thick, pulpy ginger beer made in small batches that’s got some substance to it; avoid all “weak” ginger beers that have been overly processed and mass-produced and are a uniform, thin consistency.

Making a Moscow Mule is a snap. Fill your mug about half full with ice — preferably smaller pellets of ice but larger ice cubes work fine — and add the vodka. If you happen to be looking for an ice maker, check out our list of the best ice makers for your home bar here.

For your first one take it slow and add 1 oz of vodka, but keep in mind that some Mule devotees use 2-3 oz in each Mule, as the 16 oz mugs do hold quite a bit of liquid and some find that 1 oz of vodka isn’t quite enough kick.

Cut a few slices of lime and squeeze it into the mug, dropping in a slice or two depending on your taste. Top off your mug with the ginger beer and stir the lovely creation gently.

Sit back and enjoy this upscale drink. That’s it; you’re done and the proud owner of a Moscow Mule!


  1. Great tips and agreed on Fever Tree, it is the best to use definitely! Can’t wait to try your recipe!

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