Easy classic moscow mule cocktail recipe with ginger beer, vodka, and lime – with tips to making the perfect sweet and spicy drink in a classic copper cup!
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Vodka Ginger Beer Cocktail
Moscow Mules might sound Russian – but they were actually first made in the United States. Accounts vary, but both New York and Los Angeles both claim to be the origin of Moscow Mules – but as a native Los Angeleno myself, I’m choosing to go with California for the cocktail’s origin story.
While the drink was largely credited as a way to move more Smirnoff vodka, its also known to be properly made only with Cock n Bull ginger beer to stay true to it’s origins. You can still buy Cock n Bull for the nostalgic flavor today – or try another ginger beer!
For this recipe, I used Rocky Mountain Soda Company’s Golden Ginger Beer to give a bit of a Denver twist to the classic cocktail, but I’ll always love the iconic flavor from Cock ‘n Bull Ginger Beer.
One of the most important parts of the Moscow mule is the glass you serve it in – the iconic copper cup! A copper mug helps your cocktail stay incredibly cold, to keep the flavor crisp, clean, and incredibly satisfying – it is thirst-quenching, a bit spicy, and totally delicious. For another take on this recipe, be sure to check out my Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule Recipe.
I hope you love this drink as much as I do!
How to Make Moscow Mules
To make this recipe, you’ll need:
- Ginger beer
- Lime Wedges
- Copper Cup
Tips and Tricks to a Perfect Moscow Mule & FAQs
Don’t shake. If you shake your drink, don’t shake with ginger beer – the carbonation will spill over. Shake with just vodka and ice in shaker.
Use a copper cup. A copper cup isn’t technically necessary – but it does actually keep your drink colder, and change the flavor of your cocktail. A copper cup absolutely makes a difference in the flavor of Moscow Mules – and will change the flavor of your drink. We love these gorgeous hammered copper cups with a wooden lid!
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Delicious sweet and spicy sparkling ginger beer vodka cocktails with a fresh lime kick!
- 2 oz vodka
- 1/2 cup ginger beer
- juice from 1/2 lemon or lime
- sprig of mint
- Add mint, basil, thyme, or any desired herbs to a glass and lightly muddle against the sides.
- Add ice.
- Pour vodka, lemon juice, and ginger beer over ice. Stir well to mix.
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