If you’re looking for a relatively simple cocktail that is sure to impress dinner guests, or just something tasty to order at the bar, a Moscow Mule is a fantastic choice. 


Origin of the Moscow Mule

Don’t let the name fool you, the mule is an all-American invention. What happens when a distillery owner, a ginger beer salesman, and a woman who happens to own 2,000 Russian copper mugs walks into a bar? That sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but truly is the origin story of this classic drink. 


Why is it Called a Moscow Mule?

The drink’s name is inspired by its ingredients– Moscow for the Russian copper mugs (the factory that they came from was called the Moscow Copper Co.), as well as the vodka base. The term ‘mule’ comes from the ginger beer, because like the farm animal, the ginger has a little kick


As the mule has grown to popularity, other versions have popped up here and there. We’ve seen mules in the form of slushies, jello shots, and punch, and made with everything from tequila to brandy. Still, the classic holds strong as a bar staple. Here’s how it’s made:


How to Make a Moscow Mule


You’ll need:

  • 1 Lime (quartered)
  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • 1 sprig of mint leaves
  • 4 ounces of ginger beer
  • Ice
  • A lime wheel (for garnish)

Step 1: Add the lime and mint leaves to a cocktail shaker and muddle.


Step 2: Strain the liquid into your copper mug, and add the vodka and ice.


Step 3: Pour in ginger beer and stir.


Step 4: Add your garnish (or skip it) and enjoy!


What’s your favorite twist on the Moscow Mule? Let us know in the comments section!