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Moscow Mule

mix up a batch

Let’s be honest, the best part about a Moscow Mule is the copper mug.

Without the mug, the Mule is just vodka, fresh lime juice, a bit of mint, and ginger beer.

fresh limes

With the mug, the Mule is the most refreshing drink on a hot day. It almost makes it worth it to be sweaty in the summer … almost.  It has become the “it” drink in recent years.

moscow mule fixings

I became interested in Moscow Mules when I purchased this serving set at Sweet Salvage last year at about this time.

The Mule was introduced in 1941 as a way to promote Smirnoff vodka. For the full history of the drink and a recipe that is slightly sweeter than mine, check THIS out.

at Trams

Since I’m lucky enough to have the copper pitcher and serving tray, I love to make a batch of the lime juice and vodka mixed together and then leave instructions for guests to add a 1/3 cup of the vodka mixture to an ice-filled mug, then top off with 1/2 bottle of ginger beer. Finish with a stir, a garnish, and drink with a straw.


The recipe below is for one drink. To make a batch, just multiply the ingredients by the number of mugs you have, set out a tub of chilled bottles of ginger beer, write out the directions and let your guests have fun making their own.

moscow mule

Moscow Mule

  • Ice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup premium vodka, I prefer Belvedere
  • 6 ounces (1/2 bottle) ginger beer, I prefer Reed’s brand – found at Trader Joe’s
  • Lime wheel and mint sprig, for garnish
  • Straw

Fill a copper mug to the top with ice. Add the lime juice and vodka and stir. Add ginger beer, stir again and garnish with lime and mint.

Best served with a straw so that your lips don’t stick to the ice-cold mug like a kid’s tongue stuck to a flag pole in the winter!

~ I speak from experience~

Serves 1

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1 Marissa { 11.05.14 at 9:56 AM }

The hit of the party! Everyone said these mules were better they’d had at any bar or restaurant.

2 Patti Pullen { 11.05.14 at 11:23 AM }

Yum! Do I get to see you tonight at Matt Carters class?

3 Linda { 11.05.14 at 11:33 AM }

Yes Patti! Excited to see your pretty face!

4 Tram Mai { 11.05.14 at 5:18 PM }

I LOVE that drink!!!! Especially how YOU made it!!! Beautiful & memorable!!

5 Lori Vento { 11.05.14 at 11:07 PM }

Well-you’ve done it again! I am going to a wedding in a few weeks and have been stumped to figure out something other than usual gift registry route for the bride and groom- who are very special to us. Voila- your post today-was the perfect answer! The couple, LOVES Moscow Mules! I jumped on Amazon, found copper tray, pitcher and 8 mugs- and they are all on their way to my destination for the wedding. Perfect, perfect, perfect. Thank you Miss Linda! You always supply with the perfect answer, even when you don’t know the question. xoxox

6 Linda Hopkins { 11.06.14 at 9:52 AM }

Miss Lori, when was the last time I told you that I love you? Was it yesterday? I think it was. Well let me tell you again…. I love you!

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