Moscow Mule Recipe

Learn how to make a Moscow Mule cocktail with The Cocktail Society's expert mixologists.
A Moscow Mule cocktail on the bar

METHOD

Build

GLASS

Copper Mug (or a Collins Glass)

CATEGORY

Vodka

MOSCOW MULE INGREDIENTS

50ml Vodka

15ml Lime Juice

150ml Ginger Beer

HOW TO MAKE A MOSCOW MULE COCKTAIL

Fill a copper mug with ⅔ cubed ice.

Add the vodka, lime juice, top with ginger beer, and stir all the ingredients together with a stirring rod.

Add a lime wedge and mint sprig to garnish.

GARNISH

Mint Sprig

Lime Wedge

TELL US ABOUT THE MOSCOW MULE COCKTAIL

Despite the name, the Moscow Mule doesn’t actually originate from Russia and instead comes from America (in the Cock ‘n’ Bull British pub based in LA).

A classic cocktail, the Moscow Mule is made from a few key ingredients – Vodka, Ginger Beer, and Lime Juice – making it an incredibly simple and easy cocktail to make.

The ice cold temperature which is provided by the copper mug combined with the fiery kick of ginger beer makes this a favourite during hot summer months.

Why Does a Moscow Mule Need To Be in a Copper Mug

Two Moscow Mules in copper mugs

Traditionally, a Moscow Mule is served in a copper mug, also known as a mule mug and true fans of this drink will insist on this being the serve.

If you don’t have a copper mug to hand, you can substitute this or a high-ball or Collings glass but why should you use a copper mug instead?

The reason people use a copper mug for a Moscow Mule is mainly tradition because this is the original glassware used for the drink but also because copper acts as a great thermal conductor.

When ice and liquid are added to the copper mug, it intensifies the cold and chilling temperature perfectly accommodating the drink based on icy origins from its namesake – Moscow.

EXPERT TIP

Many people try to supplement ginger ale for ginger beer however this will completely change the taste of the drink. Ginger ale doesn’t have the same fiery kick as ginger beer but there is a way to use ginger ale if you really want to.

To use ginger ale instead of ginger beer, simply muddle some fresh ginger into your mule mug before adding the ice and ingredients. This simple addition will ensure that the drink still maintains a slight kick that most Moscow Mule lovers enjoy.

WHAT TO TRY NEXT

Fans of cocktails with lime will love a Caipirinha. Or if you like the spice from the Ginger Beer, why not try a Dark and Stormy?

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