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Moscow Mule Recipe: Refreshing Delight

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Refresh Moscow Mule Recipe
The Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail consisting of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, typically served in a copper mug.The combination of the spicy ginger beer creates a balanced and enjoyable drink.

Hey! Welcome to my recipe blog, Beyond the Bayou Blog. Today, I’m super excited to share one of my cocktail recipes with you: the Moscow Mule. Now, let me tell you, this drink holds a special place in my heart.

Back in college, I remember stumbling upon this refreshing concoction during a hot summer day. I was at a friend’s barbecue party, and someone handed me a frosty copper mug filled with this bubbly, tangy drink. With the first sip, I was hooked. The zing of the ginger beer, the tartness of the lime, and the kick of the vodka—it was like a party in my mouth! From that moment on, whenever I needed a pick-me-up or wanted to impress guests at my own gatherings, the Moscow Mule became my go-to drink.

I’ve perfected this recipe over the years, and now I’m thrilled to share it with you. Whether you’re lounging by the pool with friends or hosting a cozy dinner party at home, this Moscow Mule recipe is sure to be a hit. So grab your ingredients, dust off those copper mugs, and let’s mix up some magic together!

Before we dive into the recipe, make sure you check out my other cocktail creations like Whiskey Apple Cider Punch and Spiced Citrus Shrub Cocktail. Trust me, you won’t want to miss out on those, Now, let’s get shaking!

What is Moscow Mule?

A Moscow Mule is a popular cocktail made with vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, typically served in a copper mug. It has a refreshing and slightly spicy flavor profile. The drink originated in the United States in the 1940s and quickly gained popularity. The copper mug is not just for show; it actually helps keep the drink cold due to its excellent thermal conductivity.

The combination of the sharpness of the ginger beer, the tanginess of the lime, and the smoothness of the vodka creates a well-balanced and flavorful beverage enjoyed by many. Moscow Mules are often garnished with a slice of lime or a sprig of mint for an added touch of freshness. It’s a simple yet satisfying cocktail perfect for any occasion.

Overview: How to make Moscow Mule Recipe?

Overview: How to make Moscow Mule Recipe?

Making a Moscow Mule is easy and fun! To start, gather your ingredients: vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, ice, and optionally, lime wedges and mint leaves for garnish.

First, fill a copper mug (if available, otherwise any glass will do) with ice cubes. The copper mug helps keep the drink extra cold. Next, pour in 1.5 ounces of vodka, or about a shot glass full. Then, add 4-6 ounces of ginger beer, depending on how strong you want the ginger flavor to be. Ginger beer is non-alcoholic and has a spicy kick that gives the Moscow Mule its distinctive taste.

After adding the ginger beer, squeeze in the juice of half a lime, which adds a refreshing citrus twist to the drink. Stir everything together gently with a stirring stick or spoon to mix the flavors.

Finally, garnish your Moscow Mule with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint for a pop of color and extra aroma. Give it a quick stir once more, and your Moscow Mule is ready to enjoy! Sip it slowly and savor the refreshing combination of flavors. Remember to drink responsibly.


Refresh Moscow Mule Recipe

The Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail consisting of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, typically served in a copper mug.The combination of the spicy ginger beer creates a balanced and enjoyable drink.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Resting time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Jacob Allen
Servings: 5


  • Copper mug or glass
  • Jigger or shot glass
  • Bar spoon or stirring stick
  • Citrus Juicer
  • Ice Cubes


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 3 ounces ginger beer chilled
  • lime wheel Garnish


  • Fill a copper mug or glass with ice cubes.
  • Measure and pour 1.5 ounces (or one shot) of vodka into the mug.
  • Add 4-6 ounces of ginger beer to the mug, depending on your desired level of spiciness.
  • Squeeze the juice of half a lime into the mug.
  • Use a bar spoon or stirring stick to gently mix the ingredients together.
  • Optionally, garnish the drink with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint for added flavor and presentation.
  • Give the Moscow Mule a final stir, and it’s ready to enjoy.


Quality Ingredients: Choose a good-quality vodka and ginger beer for the best flavor. Freshly squeezed lime juice is also recommended for optimal taste.
Copper Mug: While not essential, using a copper mug is traditional and can enhance the drinking experience by keeping the cocktail colder for longer.
Ice: Use plenty of ice to keep the Moscow Mule cold and refreshing. Larger ice cubes melt more slowly, preventing the drink from becoming too diluted.


Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 2g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g

Time for the Tips!

  1. Personalize: Feel free to adjust the proportions of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice according to your taste preferences. Some like it stronger on the ginger beer, while others prefer more lime.
  2. Presentation: Adding a lime wedge and mint sprig as garnishes not only enhances the drink’s appearance but also adds a burst of fresh aroma and flavor.
  3. Mixing: Stir the ingredients gently to combine them without over-diluting the drink. Avoid shaking, as it can cause the ginger beer to lose its effervescence.
  4. Experiment: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations of the Moscow Mule, such as using flavored vodka or adding other ingredients like bitters or fruit slices for a unique twist.
  5. Enjoy Responsibly: Moscow Mules are delicious, but they can be potent. Pace yourself and drink responsibly.

What If You Don’t have a Copper Mug?

No doubt about it: The textured copper mug is a gorgeous part of a classic Moscow Mule. Truth is, it’s less the copper that matters than the conductivity of copper as a type of metal. So, blasphemous as it may appear, a Julep cup—or any other metal container—is a delightful substitute. Because you’ll still get that frosty, deeply cold result.

What to serve with Moscow Mule?

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What to Do with Leftover?

1. Make Another Cocktail: If you have leftover vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, you can mix up another round of Moscow Mules. Simply grab some fresh ice, combine the ingredients, and enjoy another refreshing drink.

2. Create a Variation: Get creative and experiment with different cocktail variations using the leftover ingredients. For example, you could make a Kentucky Mule by substituting bourbon for vodka, or try a different flavored ginger beer for a unique twist.

3. Freeze into Ice Cubes: Pour any leftover ginger beer or lime juice into ice cube trays and freeze them. These flavored ice cubes can be used in future cocktails to add an extra burst of flavor without diluting the drink.

4. Cook with Them: Use the leftover lime juice to marinate meat or seafood for added flavor before grilling or roasting. You can also incorporate ginger beer into sauces, marinades, or glazes for a sweet and tangy kick.

6. Store for Later: If you don’t plan to use the leftovers immediately, you can store them in the refrigerator. Just make sure to tightly seal the bottles of ginger beer and lime juice to preserve their freshness.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

Q: Can I use a different type of alcohol instead of vodka?

A: Yes, you can! While vodka is traditional, you can substitute it with other spirits like bourbon (to make a Kentucky Mule) or tequila (to make a Mexican Mule) for a different flavor profile.

Q: What if I don’t have ginger beer?

A: Ginger beer is a key ingredient in a Moscow Mule, but if you don’t have any on hand, you can substitute it with ginger ale for a milder ginger flavor.

Q: Can I make a non-alcoholic version?

A: Yes,You can make a non-alcoholic version of a Moscow Mule by omitting the vodka and using a non-alcoholic ginger beer or ginger ale instead.

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