Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule

I'm starting my Classic cocktails recipe list with a Moscow Mule because it is one of my favorite cocktails out there and it is super simple to prepare. Moscow Mule boasts a refreshing and zesty flavor profile, while staying balanced.

Chef's notes

  • Moscow Mule is typically served in a distinctive copper mug filled with ice, which helps keep the drink cold. But you are free to use a regular highball (or any other) glass.

  • The recipe suggests to use a spring of mint for garnish, cause it compliments well the refreshing nature of the cocktail. However, mint is not a must here, just a suggestion.

  • You should take ginger beer seriously when shopping for Moscow Mule ingredients. FeverTree is a decent option, however there are many interesting, less popular (read: non-mass-produced) alternatives. Finding the one that suits you best is a fun process.

  • If you can not get your hands on ginger beer for some reason, note that I did get away with muddling fresh ginger and mixing its juice with ginger ale if I had absolutely no other choice. The result of this is surprisingly decent.


  • 🍳 Cook time: 2 minutes
  • 🍽️ Servings: 1


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3 ounces ginger beer, chilled
  • Garnish: lime wheel and a spring of mint


  1. Fill a Moscow Mule mug (or highball glass) with ice, then add the vodka and lime juice.
  2. Top with the ginger beer.
  3. Garnish with a lime wheel and a spring of mint.
  4. Pro tip: before garnishing the cocktail with mint slightly hit the spring against your hand. This will release mint's oils and have it compliment the refreshing taste of the cocktail with a revitalizing smell.