Moscow Mule

This classic and refreshing Moscow Mule is flavored with ginger beer and lime. It’s served icy cold and it comes together in minutes!

Moscow Mule in a copper mug garnished with lime two lime wedges.

Get out your copper mugs, we’re making Moscow Mules!  This is one of the easiest cocktails you can make at home. No fancy technique, no special equipment, and only 3 ingredients!

A Moscow Mule is flavored with ginger beer and freshly squeezed lime juice. I absolutely love cocktails featuring the flavors of fresh citrus. Whether it’s lemon juice in a French 75, orange juice in Rum Punch, or lime juice in a Frozen Margarita. Citrus flavored cocktails are so smooth and refreshing, and in this Moscow Mule the combination of lime and ginger is perfect.

How to Make a Moscow Mule

Start by gathering the following ingredients:

  • Vodka
  • Ginger Beer
  • Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

Fill a glass or copper mug halfway with crushed ice. Add vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice and give it a stir. Taste it and adjust the ingredients to suit your preference. Add more crushed ice (if desired), garnish with a wedge of lime, and drink up!

Ingredients for Moscow Mule - ginger beer, vodka, lime juice.

What is Ginger Beer?

One of the key ingredients in a Moscow Mule is ginger beer. Ginger beer is a non-alcoholic sweetened carbonated beverage that tastes like ginger. Think of it like ginger ale, but with more flavor.

You can purchase ginger beer near the cocktail mixers in most grocery stores. I have seen it in bottles, cans, and 1 liters with light and regular options available. I recommend trying a few different brands until you find your favorite. Some have stronger/spicier flavors than others.

Why use a Copper Mug?

A Moscow Mule is traditionally served in a copper mug. Not only does this make for a fun presentation, but it also ensures that your drink will stay really cold. If you don’t have copper mugs, you can use any cocktail glass.

Moscow Mule in a copper mug garnished with lime two lime wedges.

Recipe Tips

  • My number one tip for any cocktail that you make at home is to adjust the ingredients to suit your taste. Use the recipe as a guide and play around with the portions of ingredients until you get your perfect drink.
  • Make sure your ingredients are cold. I keep the vodka in my freezer and ginger beer in my fridge. Starting with cold ingredients will help your Moscow Mule from becoming diluted when the ice melts.
  • If you’re planning on making Moscow Mules frequently I recommend investing in double walled copper mugs. They will keep your drinks colder longer and reduce condensation from forming on the outside.

If a Moscow Mule isn’t your thing, you can try one of these other delicious cocktails: White Sangria, Peach Sangria, Champagne Cocktail, Classic Margarita or Pineapple Strawberry Mimosas. Cheers!

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Moscow Mule in a copper mug garnished with lime two lime wedges.

Moscow Mule

This classic Moscow Mule is flavored with ginger beer and lime. It’s served icy cold and it comes together in minutes!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 140kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 - 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • lime wedges and crushed ice, for serving

Instructions
 

  • Fill a glass or copper mug halfway with crushed ice. Add vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice and give it a stir. Taste it and adjust the ingredients to suit your preference. Add more crushed ice (if desired) and garnish with a wedge of lime.

Nutrition

Calories: 140kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 9mgSugar: 10gVitamin C: 4mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Moscow Mule

Allison Mattina

Allison is a busy wife and mom living in sunny Arizona. She is the sweet fanatic and recipe creator behind Celebrating Sweets. She enjoys celebrating life with family, friends and delicious food. Allison’s favorite things include: traveling, warm weather, wine country, chocolate, salted butter and carbs.

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