Cocktail – A Classic Moscow Mule

Vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer are the only 3 ingredients needed to make a Moscow Mule, or sometimes called vodka buck, which has gained in popularity in the last century.

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You don’t need to be a trained mixologist, just pour all ingredients over crushed ice, et voilà, you have a bold, bubbly, refreshing drink that fits any season. A particular part of this cocktail is the copper mug in which a Moscow Mule is traditionally served.

For those who don’t like the kick and spiciness of the ginger beer, it can easily be replaced with ginger ale and will taste slightly sweeter.

Why are Moscow Mules Served in Copper Mugs?

Cocktails and beers tend to all have their own glass to create a better experience. It is no different for a Moscow Mule where a copper mug enhances the pleasure because it maintains the cool temperature of your drink for longer.

Although taste is subjective it is said that copper mule mugs enhance the taste and boost the aroma of the Moscow Mule, and cold copper mugs can increase the carbonation of the ginger beer to improve the bubbles in your drink.

Variations of Moscow mule

  • Mexican Mule is made with tequila.
  • Kentucky Mule is made with Bourbon.
  • Gin-Gin Mule is made with gin.
  • Pineapple Mule is the classic with added pineapple juice.
  • Strawberry Mule is the classic with added fresh strawberries muddled into the drink.
  • Cranberry Mule is the classic with cranberry juice, perfect for the festive season. 

Check also our other cocktails made with vodka.

classic moscow mule

Moscow Mule

A particular part of this cocktail is the copper mug in which a Moscow Mule is traditionally served.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine International
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 15 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)

Copper mug
Cutting board


  • 4.5 cl vodka
  • 1 cl lime juice
  • 12 cl ginger beer
  • For the garnish
  • Lime wheel or wedge
  • Mint sprig


  • Add crushed ice or ice cubes to a copper mug and pour all ingredients.
    Stir gently to combine all ingredients.
    Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint.
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Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 15kcalCarbohydrates: 1gSodium: 1mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.02mg
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