Moscow Mule – The perfect moscow mule recipe! Made with just a few simple ingredients, this drink is elegant and delicious.
Now I know that I may say this a lot but I love moscow mules! It literally combines some of my favorite flavors into one delicious cocktail and tastes so perfect everytime. While you can jazz a moscow mule up by adding so many different flavors, this recipe keeps it simple and sticks to the basics – ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice. The only deviation I include is an optional tablespoon of mint simple syrup because mint is usually a garnish for a moscow mule and I think bringing it right into the drink makes it even better but for the moscow mule purests out there, it’s just optional and you can skip it if you want. Past that, I suggest serving it in the classic copper mug with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint but hey, don’t worry too much if you don’t have copper mugs on hand, just use a normal glass!
Common Questions About Making a Moscow Mule
Are moscow mules made with a non-alcoholic ginger beer?
It depends on whether you want to make a non-alcoholic version or an alcoholic version. For this recipe, I used for a non-alcoholic ginger beer (my favorite is Fever Tree) but it is totally up to you and your preference.
Why does a moscow mule need a copper cup?
A copper cup is a great insulator which really retains how cold the drink is. While it is not necessary, it also looks really cool and makes it obvious which drink you are serving.
Why is it called a moscow mule?
The name “moscow mule” comes from the traditional addition of vodka to the alcoholic version and it’s association with Russia.
What other types of moscow mules can I make?
There are so many great varieties of moscow mules. Some of my favorites include –
- Cranberry Moscow Mule
- Peach Moscow Mule
- Moscow Mule Mocktail
- Gingerbread Moscow Mule
- Apple Cider Moscow Mule
- Raspberry Lime Moscow Mule
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- 6 ounces ginger beer
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon mint simple syrup (optional)*
- Fill a copper cup with ice and then pour in ginger beer, lime juice, vodka, and mint simple syrup (if you are using it).
- Top with a sprig of mint and slice of lime for garnish before serving (optional).
* Mint simple syrup isn't in a traditional moscow mule but I think it really elevates the drink. It's up to you whether you want to or not.