An easy cocktail to make at home, this classic Moscow mule recipe is one of those fizzy drinks that appeals to lots of people. It's a simple cocktail that's as delicious on a hot summer day as it is at a holiday party.
You'll often see these tasty cocktails garnished with fresh mint. And while that is definitely not part of the traditional Moscow mule recipe, it is a delicious addition to this cocktail. No need to muddle the mint. Just give a sprig of mint a clap between your hands to release the oil and scent in the mint leaves, and tuck it into the copper cup.
I love that you can get all of the simple ingredients for this refreshing cocktail at most grocery stores, so it's easy to keep the ingredients on hand.
Moscow mules are my go to when I want a cocktail but don't feel like spending any time making it. The only bar tool you need for this recipe is a jigger to measure your amounts - no cocktail shaker, strainer, or mixing glass needed.
Looking for a non-alcoholic beverage? Try my alcohol-free Moscow Mule Mocktails. They're bright, fizzy, refreshing and just as delicious as their boozy counterparts.
Moscow Mule Ingredients
- Vodka - Choose your favorite vodka for this cocktail, just make sure it's plain and doesn't have a flavor added to it.
- Fresh Limes - Fresh citrus is the only way to go for this drink. Skip the bottle and squeeze fresh juice into your drink. You’ll need about half a lime per drink.
- Ginger Beer - Non-alcoholic ginger beer can be found in the soda section of your local grocery store or the mixer section of the liquor store. The intensity of the ginger flavor varies by brand. See my note below on selecting ginger beer for your Moscow Mules.
How to Make a Moscow Mule
Combine vodka and fresh lime juice in a copper mug or glass.
Fill the glass with ice.
Top with your favorite ginger beer.
Stir gently to combine.
Garnish with a fresh lime wedge.
Sip and enjoy!
How to Choose Ginger Beer for your Moscow Mules
Like its root beer counterpart, ginger beer is a non-alcoholic soda pop. Since becoming increasingly popular in cocktails and mocktails, there are lots of brands on the market. They all taste a little different with varying amounts of spicy ginger flavor in them.
My favorite ginger beer for Moscow Mules is Goslings brand. It's a spicy ginger beer with strong ginger flavor that I really enjoy. If you prefer a more subtle ginger flavor, opt for brands like Fever Tree or Betty Buzz. If you absolutely can't find ginger beer, you can swap it out for ginger ale.
Why use copper mugs for serving Moscow Mules?
The Moscow mule itself was created in the early 1904s and pre-dates the copper Moscow mule mug by a few years. The mugs were introduced in the late 1940s as a marketing gimmick from Smirnoff Vodka to get more people in the United States drinking vodka. (Brandy was the preferred spirit at the time.)
Copper mugs have since become synonymous with Moscow Mule drinks. The handcrafted copper mugs are definitely fun to use and like any metal, the copper material will keep your drink colder, longer.
The copper mule mug has become wildly popular in recent years and is a common housewarming gift. But Moscow mules are also delicious in a regular glass. If you don’t have copper cups on hand, just use a large rocks glass or a tall Collins glass for making your Moscow Mule.
Make it a Kentucky Mule
Looking to sip something besides vodka in your drink? Kentucky Mules are delicious and easy to make. Just swap out the vodka in this recipe for your favorite bourbon or whiskey.