Classic Moscow Mule Recipe

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The Classic Moscow Mule has a very good balance of sweet, sour, spicy, and boozy, but watch out…they go down easy!

There’s a reason everyone loves a Moscow Mule cocktail. It’s both refreshingly chilled for summer and cozy for winter in its festive copper mug.

>> You might also want to check out our Blood Orange Moscow Mule or Cranberry Moscow Mule.

Classic Moscow Mule

Copper Mugs

Copper Moscow Mule mugs are not required, but I guarantee it will taste better if you have one. I don’t know why, but it has an affect that can’t be match in a regular glass.

For one, the copper keeps the drink incredible cold and the ice doesn’t melt as fast, so it doesn’t get watery. As if you wouldn’t drink it fast enough to prevent that anyways.

What Ginger Beer to Use in a Moscow Mule?

The quality of ginger beer makes a big difference in this cocktail, so I recommend finding your perfect brand. I use Bundaberg ginger beer most often, because the balance of spicy to sweet is right on.

bundaberg ginger beer

But there are many other high quality brands that taste great in this cocktail. We often use Rachel’s Ginger Beer from Seattle.

Do keep in mind that ginger ale is not the same as ginger beer. It’s important. Of course if you can’t find ginger beer, we won’t look down on you for using ginger ale instead.

What Vodka to Use in a Moscow Mule?

Quality matters with the vodka too. You want to get something smooth and easy drinking to pair with the ginger beer and lime. If you want to keep it Russian, go with Russian Standard or Stoli. Otherwise, we really like Tito’s and Belvedere.

Here are a few of our favorite vodkas that you can purchase through Saucey or get at your local liquor store. These can be found just about anywhere in the U.S. and they run about $25 for a 750ml.

titos vodka
russian standard vodka
belevedere vodka

How to Make a Moscow Mule

Step 1: Squeeze the lime into the mug and toss in the rind.

Step 2: Add ice to the mug. Pour in the vodka and ginger beer.

Step 3: Stir and enjoy.

See how easy that is to make a Classic Moscow Mule? You’ll be drinking these all the time now that you know how easy they are and how delicious, too.

Here’s what it looks like outside of a copper mug. Still a gorgeous drink! Don’t avoid it if you don’t have the mug. There are still plenty of reasons to love it.

If you enjoyed this cocktail you might like the Classic Dark n’ Stormy Cocktail or Blackberry Dark n’ Stormy. Spicy ginger beer combined with dark rum.

moscow mule

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Moscow Mule
Yield: 1 cocktail

Classic Moscow Mule

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A classic Moscow Mule combines vodka, ginger beer and lime in the perfectly blended and chilled cocktail.


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 lime, squeezed into mug
  • 6 oz ginger beer
  • ice


  1. Squeeze the lime into the mug, then toss it into the glass.
  2. Fill with ice, then add vodka and ginger beer.
  3. Stir and enjoy.


The quality of the ginger beer matters the most to the flavor of this cocktail. Choose a ginger beer that is well balanced for sweet and spiciness.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 4gSugar: 26gProtein: 1g

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