Classic Moscow Mule (Fast & Easy)

Classic Moscow Mule (Fast & Easy)

Today, I’m sharing everything you need to know about a Moscow Mule. Ready?! Moscow mules are delightfully fizzy drinks made with fiery ginger beer, vodka and fresh lime.

Moscow mules are refreshing on hot summer days, sure, but they’re also holiday-appropriate thanks to the strong ginger flavor. They strike that elusive balance between spicy, sweet and strong, and I’d sip one any day.

Bonus: Moscow mules are super easy to make. You’ll need just three basic ingredients:

  1. Vodka
  2. Ginger beer
  3. Fresh lime

The ginger beer component makes the biggest difference between a so-so and fantastic Moscow mule. So, I bought all the ginger beers I could find and tried them at home. Keep reading to find my recommendations!

You’ve got the copper mugs, the ginger beer, and the vodka: now all you need is a recipe. Here’s how to make a classic Moscow mule!

Moscow Mule Copper Mug Notes

Moscow mules are typically served in copper mugs, which make them seem extra-cold and refreshing. Why? Copper is an excellent conductor, meaning that cold or hot temperatures spread rapidly through the material.

While the copper material of your mug doesn’t actually make the drink colder, it makes it seem colder than it would if you were drinking it out of a regular glass or mug.

If you don’t have copper mugs at home, you can get by with a regular cocktail glass. If you’re shopping for copper mugs, be sure to buy food-safe mugs that are not copper on the inside. Copper leaches into acidic foods and poses health risks, yikes!

Classic Moscow Mule

It’s bubbly, tangy, looks impressive, and goes down easy. Meet the classic Moscow mule! This drink was invented in the 1940’s, but it’s having a moment now, too. It’s got only 3 ingredients and takes 3 minutes to make: perfect for parties or a lazy evening on the patio. Outside of the margarita, it might be one of our favorite drinks of all time. Though really…how can we pick just one? Here’s how to make this refreshing vodka cocktail!
You’ve got the copper mugs, the ginger beer, and the vodka: now all you need is a recipe. Here’s how to make a classic Moscow mule!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Course Cocktail
Cuisine American
Servings 1 drink
Calories 139 kcal


  • Serving mug (copper preferred)


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • For the garnish: lime wheel or wedge, fresh mint (if desired)


  • In a copper mug or glass, pour in the vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer.
  • Add ice and garnish with a lime slice. Serve immediately.
Keyword Alcohol, Ginger Beer, Lime, Moscow Mule, Vegan, Vodka

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