Moscow Mule Recipe

Traditional Moscow Mule Recipe

Anyone who enjoys refreshing cocktails in the hot summer days would simply adore the classic Moscow Mule. It is a classic that is fast becoming the favorite cocktail for many. It tastes delicious, even more so when served in a copper mug (known as a Mule mug), ice cold to quench thirst in the intense heat. What’s even more important, a Moscow Mule is very easy to make.

If you’ve never made a Moscow Mule in the past, you’re probably looking for a recipe. Here’s how the original Moscow Mule is made and you’ll also learn about a couple of fun cocktail variations.

The Traditional Moscow Mule Recipe

The ingredients you will need to make a traditional Moscow Mule cocktail include:

  • 0.5 ounces of lime juice (freshly squeezed is the best option)
  • Two ounces of vodka
  • Five ounces of ginger beer
  • A copper mug

Start making the classic Moscow Mule recipe by squeezing the lime juice and pouring it in the Moscow Mule copper mug first. Add a couple of ice cubes before pouring the vodka (any favorite unflavored variety will do) in.

Stir the two ingredients around. The final component you’ll have to add is the ginger beer. Anywhere between four and six ounces will do, depending on the capacity of the copper mug you’ve chosen.

That’s it! The traditional Moscow Mule is very easy and very refreshing. You can vary the amount of ice being used, depending on how strong and how cold you prefer your cocktail to be.

A Few Variations

Once you’ve mastered the traditional Moscow Mule, you may also want to try a couple of cocktail variations. The good news is that mixologists have carried out some experiments over the years. There are several delicious modified Moscow Mule cocktails that many people enjoy more than the original.

If you’re into fitness and maintaining optimal weight, you may want to avoid using the sweet ginger beer. Here’s a cocktail variation that will appeal to the health-conscious individual that would still like to have the occasional alcoholic beverage:

  • One ounce of lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Two ounces of vodka
  • Freshly grated ginger (you’ll need a piece that’s approximately one-inch long)
  • Soda water (the amount depends on the capacity of the Moscow Mule mug)

Start by pouring the lime juice in the Moscow Mule copper mug. Add the ice and the vodka. Peel the ginger, wash it and grate. Add to the drink and stir. Fill the cup with soda water. You may want to decorate with a couple of lime wedges.

The Kentucky Mule is another very popular Moscow Mule variation. To make the Kentucky Mule, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Two ounces of Woodford Reserve Bourbon (the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby) or any other kind of whiskey
  • 0.5 ounces of lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer

Pour the lime juice in the mug and add the bourbon. Place the ice cubes inside the mug. Fill the mug with ginger beer, stir and enjoy.

The final variation of the cocktail adds some fresh berries to the mix. These give it a more fruity taste that’s particularly appropriate for the hot summer days. The ingredients required to make the berry variation of the Moscow Mule include:

  • 0.5 ounces of fresh lime juice
  • A small cup of fresh berries
  • Two ounces of vodka
  • Three ounces of ginger beer
  • Soda water
  • Ice

Mash the berries with a fork and mix them with the lime juice. Pour in the cup. Add the vodka and the ice cubes. Pour the ginger beer in. If the mug isn’t filled yet, add a bit of soda water.

Alcohol-Free Moscow Mule?

Moscow Mule variations can also be made without using alcohol. To make an alcohol-free Moscow Mule, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Half a cup of ginger beer
  • 0.5 ounces of fresh lime juice
  • Soda water
  • Ice

Pour the lime juice in a copper mug and add the ginger beer. Place a couple of ice cubes inside the mug. Top it off with a small amount of soda water and enjoy the refreshing mocktail.

Some people don’t find this mocktail sweet or flavorful enough. A bit of brown sugar or simple syrup can be added to taste. If you use sugar, stir thoroughly to make sure that it has dissolved completely.

Why not try your own? Try using different ingredients like cranberry juice, lemon juice, pomegranate juice or even watermelon juice. Just one sip and it could some become your favorite cocktail at your next dinner party, sitting out in the garden or even on a memorable camping trip.


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