You’ve got the copper mugs, the ginger beer, and the vodka: now all you need is a recipe. Here’s the best Moscow mule recipe!
It’s fizzy, it’s tangy, it looks festive, and it goes down easy. What could be better than a Moscow mule? This drink was invented in the 40’s, but it’s having a moment as of late. This best Moscow mule recipe is incredibly tasty and seriously easy to make. With only 3 ingredients and 3 minutes required, it’s perfect to serve for entertaining: or a lazy evening on the patio. Outside of the margarita, it’s become my favorite cocktail. How to make the best mules? Keep reading for the recipe.
Want a fun twist? Try our Watermelon Mule!
How to make the best Moscow mule recipe
Because a Moscow mule is all about the carbonation in the ginger beer, this drink is not mixed in a cocktail shaker. To preserve the carbonation, it’s simply mixed right in the mug and served over ice. This makes it one of the easiest cocktail recipes you can find!
Here are the ingredients required for this best Moscow mule recipe (scroll down for the recipe!):
- High quality vodka
- Ginger beer
- Lime juice
Simply pour these ingredients into a copper mug, add ice cubes, and garnish with lime. It’s that simple! But why a copper mug? Keep reading…
Why are Moscow mules served in copper mugs?
As you may know, Moscow mules are traditionally served in a copper cup or copped mug. Does this best Moscow mule recipe have to be served in copper? And why are mules even served in copper? There are a few reasons:
- Copper keeps the drink cool in a different way than glass. The copper immediately takes on the temperature of the drink, and the cool copper rim gives a cold sensation when taking a sip.
- Tradition! The Moscow mule was invented in the 1940’s. According to this source, it was a clever marketing scheme to sell more vodka, ginger beer, and copper mugs. Whatever the case, people in Hollywood fell in love with the drink and there were many images of people shown drinking Moscow mules out of copper mugs. It caught on, and it remains the traditional way to serve it to this day.
Do I have to serve this Moscow mule recipe in copper?
Of course not! This best Moscow mule recipe doesn’t need to be served in copper at all to be considered a mule. Use a glass, Ball jar, a standard mug: whatever strikes your fancy. At the same time: it’s just plain fun to serve in the copper! If you’re looking for some copper mugs, keep reading…
Where can I buy copper mugs for Moscow mules?
We have some mugs that are not actually copper: but look it! I believe we found them at Target years ago, and they’re lined on the inside.
If you’d like to buy real Moscow mule copper mugs that are solid copper, here are some we recommend. Moscow mule mugs make great gifts, especially as wedding gifts for couples who love cocktails!
Buy them: Moscow mule mugs on Amazon
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- Best Margarita Salt
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- Lime Daiquiri
- Homemade Cold Brew Recipe
- Fruit Infused Water Recipe
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- Lime Water with Mint
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- Gin Fizz Cocktail
- Best Piña Coladas (or Virgin Piña Coladas)
- Basil Gimlet Recipe (or Classic Gin Gimlet)
- Smash 4 Ways: Blackberry Bourbon, Maple Bourbon, Whiskey Smash, Berry Vodka Smash
This recipe is…
Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.Print
You’ve got the copper mugs, the ginger beer, and the vodka: now all you need is a recipe. Here’s our best Moscow mule recipe!
- 1/4 cup vodka
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 2/3 cup ginger beer
- In a copper mug or glass, pour in the vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer.
- Add ice and garnish with a lime slice. Serve immediately.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Stirred
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Best Moscow Mule Recipe, Moscow Mule Recipe
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.