Moscow Mule Cocktail

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Are you a fan of vodka? If you are, then you probably had a Moscow Mule Cocktail before. Maybe it’s the drink that you always order when you go to a bar. But do you have any idea about its history? Do you know why it is often served in a copper mug?

The History of Moscow Mule Cocktail

When people hear the phrase ‘Moscow Mule’, the first thing that they probably think is Russia because Moscow is the capital of the country. The truth is, this cocktail is an American invention. Back in the 1930s, vodka was not as popular as beer and whiskey.

John Martin invested in Smirnoff (a brand of vodka), but was having a hard time with the business since people were not into it at the time. A friend of his, Jack Morgan and his bartender Wes Price, were in the same predicament with their ginger beer. Until Sophie Berezinski walked into Morgan’s bar with her story of the copper mugs that she was planning on selling.

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That gave birth to one of the most popular cocktails these days made with vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer, garnished with a lime wheel and mint.

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Moscow Mule Cocktail

  • Author: Myles
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


The simple combination of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice is what makes Moscow Mule. Served ice-cold, just a few sips would truly refresh you.



2 oz. vodka

4 oz. ginger beer

juice of half a lime

lime wheel and mint (for garnish)


  1. Combine vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice in a mug.
  2. Add ice cubes and stir. Mix well.
  3. Garnish with a lime wheel and mint.


A Moscow Mule can be served in a copper mug or a highball glass.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: American

Why Is Moscow Mule Usually Served in a Copper Mug?

Aside from keeping the drink cold and refreshing, experts say that the copper mug enhances the flavor of the cocktail. Once the vodka touches the walls of the mug, it oxidizes. This then boosts the aroma as well as the flavor, making it more enjoyable to drink.

But if you don’t have a copper mug at home, serving it in a highball glass would work just fine.

Is It a Manly or Girly Drink?

While the metal mug and the sharp taste of Moscow Mule make it sound more masculine, the fizziness and sweetness also give it a feminine touch. In short, this cocktail is not only good for men but also for women.

How to Make a Huge Batch

If you plan on serving Moscow Mule during a party, then you have to multiply the measurement of the ingredients of the recipe above by the number of your guests. You can utilize big pitchers. Take note, however, that it is not highly recommended to add the ice cubes right there and then. It is better to add the ice right before serving so the cocktail won’t get water down.

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Closing Thoughts

Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail that both men and women can enjoy on an ordinary day or even during parties. It requires very simple ingredients, and it only takes a few minutes to pull together.

Be it in a copper mug or glass, Moscow Mule is an excellent cocktail that you should try out.

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