Classic Moscow Mule Recipe

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Make a classic Moscow Mule with only three ingredients for the perfect summer cocktail that is sweet, tangy, and just a little bit spicy! It’s so easy to make this classic cocktail!

Up close photograph of a copper mug filled with a moscow mule with square ice cubes and lime slices at the top of the drink and a lime wedge on the edge of the mug. The mug sits on a coral floral napkin on a white table with lime wedges in the top right corner.

THE BEST MOSCOW MULE RECIPE

Moscow mules are hands down my favorite cocktail over the last few years. They have the perfect balance between sweet and spicy with a refreshing citrus flavor.

I love homemade Moscow mules the most though! Here’s why:

  • DIET GINGER BEER – I always use Diet Ginger Beer at home. It still has all the flavor without the sugar, which also means my stomach feels better without the unnecessary sugar.
  • EXTRA LIME JUICE – I like adding in a little extra lime juice when I make them at home. I’m a big lime fan!
  • LESS EXPENSIVE – I can’t not include this one on the list!

In fact, I love them so much that non alcoholic Moscow mules were also my favorite while pregnant. I drank them because I really do love the flavor of ginger beer.

I’m also convinced that the ginger beer helped my pregnancy sickness. It is ginger after all!

A copper mug filled with square ice cubes, slices of limes, and a classic moscow mule recipe sits on top of a coral and blue floral napkin on top of a white wood table with extra limes sitting on the table.

HOW TO MAKE A CLASSIC MOSCOW MULE:

With only 3 ingredients and no special bar techniques required, making a Moscow mule is super easy! Here’s what you need to do: 

  1. Fill your copper mug or other glass with ice. While crushed ice is traditional for a Moscow mule, I use our normal ice cubes made in our old freezer.
  2. Add vodka. I always use my jigger to measure my vodka. 
  3. Squeeze in lime juice.  Squeeze is the important word here. Do NOT use a bottle of lime juice whenever possible. Use a real lime and toss the remaining in your glass as a garnish. 
  4. Add ginger beer.  Fill the remainder of your mug with your ginger beer of choice. 
  5. Stir and ENJOY!  Give your Moscow Mule drink a quick stir, and then serve!

That’s it! It’s basically a quick pour and enjoy recipe minus the cutting and squeezing of the lime.

However, looking for more tips and tricks?! Check out my post on HOW TO MAKE A MOSCOW MULE with everything you need to know, including a TON of Moscow mule recipes to try!

WHAT GINGER BEER SHOULD I USE?

Which ginger beer you should use is going to depend on personal tastes and preferences. My suggestion is always to complete a flight taste test for fun!

I can tell you my two favorites though:

  • GOSLING’S DIET GINGER BEER: It has almost 50 grams less of sugar than their original and almost 200 less calories. 
  • FEVER-TREE GINGER BEER: This is also a flavorful ginger beer that I love when I can find it. It’s easy to order on Amazon though. 
A top down photo of a coral, green and blue floral napkin with a copper mug of moscow mule resting on top. The moscow mule is topped with fresh limes and filled full of ice to keep the summer cocktail cold.

HELP ITEMS FOR MAKING MOSCOW MULES:

Making Moscow mules doesn’t require a lot of special tools which is another reason I love making homemade Moscow mules!

Other than the copper mugs if you want to be authentic to the classic recipe, I suggest just having a basic bar set. I always use a jigger to measure my vodka and a stirrer to – well – stir my drink.

Plus I get a lot of use out of my muddler for some of my special flavor Moscow mule recipes.

Lastly, if you don’t have room to keep your vodka chilled or your ginger beer chilled, then I suggest using a cocktail shaker with ice before pouring your ingredients over new ice in the cup. It will make your drink truly chilled!

You can see all my suggestions below!

HAND HAMMERED 100% COPPER MUGS: This is probably my favorite set because in addition to coming with 4 hand hammered copper mugs, it also includes matching straws and shot glass! They are strong, sturdy and beautiful! Plus it comes with a limited edition brass handle!

3 PIECE BAR SET: If you are going to make simple cocktails, this is my favorite bar set. It has a jigger, a muddler, and a trident cocktail stirrer. This last one means it has a mini “spoon” shape on one end like a traditional stirrer and a forked shape on the other. 

LARGE BAR SET: If you are going to be getting into more sophisticated cocktail recipes, including anything that needs to be shaken or strained, than I suggest upgrading to the full bar set. I love having everything on hand. You never know when you want to try something new! 

CLICK OVER TO OUR POST ON HOW TO MAKE A MOSCOW MULE FOR ALL THE TIPS, TRICKS, AND MOSCOW MULE RECIPES YOU COULD EVER NEED!

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The BEST Moscow Mule Recipe

The BEST Moscow Mule Recipe

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Make a Moscow Mule with only three ingredients for the perfect summer cocktail that is sweet, tangy, and just a little bit spicy!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces vodka (1 large jigger)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (about a quarter of or half a lime)
  • 4 ounces Diet Ginger Beer
  • ICE! 

Instructions

  1. Fill your copper mug or glass in a similar size with ice.
  2. Add your vodka.
  3. Squeeze fresh lime juice into mug and toss the lime remnant into mug if you want.
  4. Top off your mug with ginger beer; about 4 ounces.
  5. Gently swirl it with stirrer and enjoy!

Notes

WHAT MAKES A GOOD MOSCOW MULE GARNISH?

Use your squeezed lime juice half to garnish your Moscow mule or add lime slices. You can also garnish with a fresh mint sprig!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 163 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 10mg Carbohydrates: 17g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 16g Protein: 0g

Comments

  1. Tayler Ross says

    Moscow Mules are one of my favorite cocktails when I go out! So glad to have the recipe so that I can make them at home now! Thanks so much for sharing!

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