A classic Moscow Mules is a light fizzy drink that is super easy to make and tastes so good! Perfect for hot summer days, relaxing vacations, or if you’re like me, any day!
The ginger beer makes the drink taste a bit spicy and fiery. Depending on which brand of ginger beer you use, you can have one that tastes a bit on the sweeter side or one that is pretty spicy.
One of the most popular brands of ginger beer to use for a Moscow Mule is Fever-Tree. It’s the spiciest and “traditional” tasting. For another spicy kick try Great Jamaican ginger beer. For a sweeter tasting drink, Budderheim Ginger Beer is a good choice.
This drink has seen a rise in popularity in the past few years. Ginger beer is usually found at most big grocery stores. They are much easier to find on the menu at bars and restaurants.
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you.
Our Favourite Classic Moscow Mule Recipe
- Chill your copper mug in the fridge a few minutes before making your drink. Fill the cup with ice.
- Add in the vodka and ginger beer into the mug
- Cut the lime and squeeze juice from half until you have at least 1/2 of an ounce of lime juice.
- Add lime juice to the drink and toss in squeezed lime.
- Stir it up!
- Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!
- 2 oz. vodka
- 1/2 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 1 can or 250 ml of Ginger Beer
- Lime for garnish
1. Chill your copper mug in the fridge a few minutes before making your drink.
2. Fill the cup with ice.
3. Add in the vodka and ginger beer into the mug
4. Cut the lime and squeeze juice from half until you have at least 1/2 of an ounce of lime juice.
5. Add lime juice to the drink and toss in squeezed lime.
6. Stir it up!
7. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!
Try a few different brands of ginger beer to find the right one for you. Some are sweeter tasting, some are spicy.
Add some mint if you'd like!
Don’t have a copper mug? You can get one here.
The History of the Moscow Mule
The classic Moscow Mule cocktail came into being in 1940’s Los Angeles. Created together by three people who each had a product they were having trouble selling.
Pub owner Jack Morgan had been brewing his ginger beer that people weren’t interested in. The second party involved was John Martin, who recently took over a failing Smirnoff Vodka. And the third, a Russian immigrant named Sophie Berezinski who’s husband demanded that she sell her stash of copper mugs.
These three met by chance and together developed this delicious cocktail. It’s an interesting story on how this cocktail that you may want to read more about! Click here to find out more.
Do I need to use a copper mug?
No, not really. But drinking a Moscow Mule out of a copper mug makes the drink taste so much better! Plus, it looks good too!
The insulating properties of copper help keep the drink cold for longer. The copper of the mug creates a reaction with the vodka, which somehow makes the drink more flavourful and aromatic. Cool hey!