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Here are all the best Moscow mule variations to try! These types of mules are the most popular riffs on this classic drink.

Moscow mule variations

Are you a Moscow mule fan! Then get ready, because there are so many Moscow mule variations to try! This classic cocktail was invented in the 1940’s, but it’s having a moment now, too. Why? Perhaps it’s the bubbly, zingy bold flavor. Perhaps it’s because it’s so darn easy to make: just 3 ingredients and takes 3 minutes. Or maybe it’s because of those super cool copper mugs. Whatever the case: mules are the life of the party these days!

Here’s a list of the top most popular types of mules. Click “Get Recipe” to get the recipe for each. Scroll below the list and you’ll find a few more ideas, too.

And now…the top Moscow mule variations!

More Moscow mule variations

Here’s a list of a few other popular types of mules that have become widely known:

  • Jamaican mule: Uses spiced rum
  • Oaxacan mule: Uses mezcal
  • Glasgow mule: Uses Scotch and St Germain

Why the copper mugs?

Of course, you can serve a Moscow mule in whatever glass you like! But if you want to go super classic, we recommend a sold copper mug. Why?

  • The mug turns ice cold, which gives a cool sensation on each sip. This drink tastes even colder when you drink it out of the solid copper mug. It adds another sensory element to the drinking experience!
  • Tradition! Back in the 1940’s when the drink was invented, the public saw images of Hollywood celebs enjoying the drink in copper mugs. It caught on and became the classic way to drink it to this day.

Where to find copper mule mugs

There are lots of mugs that look like copper out there. But only solid copper gets cold when you add a mule. Solid copper mule mugs are a fun splurge and they make great gifts too (like wedding gifts for couples who love cocktails). Here are some copper Mule mugs on Amazon.

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Moscow mule

5 Moscow Mule Variations!

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Here are all the best Moscow mule variations to try! These types of mules are the most popular riffs on this classic drink.


  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) liquor: 
    • Vodka for the Classic Mule
    • Tequila for the Mexican Mule
    • Bourbon for the Kentucky Mule
    • Gin for the Gin Mule (or go to Gin Gin Mule)
    • Irish Whiskey for the Irish Mule
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) fresh lime juice
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) ginger beer*
  • For the garnish: lime wheel or wedge, fresh mint (if desired)


  1. In a copper mug or glass, pour in the vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer.
  2. Add ice and garnish with a lime slice. Serve immediately.


*For a fruity mule, use ¼ cup fruit juice (like watermelon, pineapple, etc) and ¼ cup ginger beer.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Poured
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Moscow Mule Variations, Types of Mule Drinks

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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