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Cool off on a hot summer day with this Classic Moscow Mule recipe. Simple, fresh ingredients make this amazing fast and easy to make!
Check out the variations for different types of mules below!
Step by step photos and instructions below!
Fresh-squeezed limes, fresh mint along with ginger beer and vodka are the key ingredients for the perfect Moscow Mule. It’s such a simple cocktail, but really packs a punch in the flavor department.
I keep the ingredients on hand so it’s super quick to mix up a cold drink.
Check out the notes section for how to make this easy cocktail in bulk!
Moscow Mule Variations
Try adding cranberry apple juice or apple cider or just cranberry juice, both make a wonderful addition to this classic cocktail!
Try these different flavors using the classic formula. The general rule I stick to is 1 parts liquor to 2 parts ginger beer, so these are easy to change up.
Make a Kentucky Mule.
Replace the classic vodka with bourbon.
Use a good quality tequila instead of vodka. Leave out the mint (or include it, you choose).
Why you’ll love this recipe:
- Just a few simple ingredients and no serious cocktail making skills required.
Frequently Asked Questions
A muddler is a bartender’s tool that is long and thin with a flat head at the end that may or may not contain grooves or ridges. It is used to mash or muddle fruits or herbs in the bottom of the glass to release flavors.
Muddling your lime and mint leaves release the oils, juice, and aromatic of the fruit to increase the flavor of the juice making your drink so much better!
You can get ginger beer at any local grocery store or liquor store. You can usually find it in the soda section next to the classic root beer.
A copper cup keeps the drink cooler than glass does. The copper takes on the temperature of the drink and becomes ice cold. Plus they look really cool.
Ginger beer is spicier and has a stronger, more intense ginger flavor than ginger ale.
I have included step by step photos and instructions, as well as tips and tricks in the post. If you’d rather skip all that, scoot right on down to the full recipe card located at the bottom of the post.
The full list of ingredients and quantities is found in the printable recipe card below.
- Lime. Fresh lime juice is important! Grab a few for garnishing your drinks too.
- Mint. Fresh mint leaves are essential to this.
- Ice. Does anyone want a lukewarm mule? No? Plenty of ice it is.
- Vodka. Grab your favorite brand. Titos, Absolut vodka, or Smirnoff vodka are good choices, but it’s up to you. See above for suggestions on how to make a Kentucky Mule, or a Mexican Mule.
- Ginger Beer. You need a good ginger beer that uses real ginger for this. My favorite ginger beer brands are Fever-Tree ginger beer or Bundaberg. Cock n Bull is another brand that is super popular. From the former legendary Cock ‘n Bull pub on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, California
You’ll need around 4 ounces of ginger beer per drink, so maybe pick up a few bottles so you can have LOTS of mules. However, please drink responsibly.
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- Cocktail Muddler
- Copper Moscow Mule Mugs
- Cocktail Strainer
- Cocktail Shaker or heavy glass for muddling the lime and mint
How to make this recipe
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The full list of ingredients, quantities and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.
Grab your equipment and ingredients.
In the bottom of a thick glass or metal shaker, add the quartered lime. Muddle with medium force to release juice from the lime. Add mint leaves and lightly muddle it 1-2 times releasing the flavors.
Strain lime/mint into a copper mug.
Add 2 ounces (two shots) of vodka.
Top the mugs with ice cubes, pour in the ginger beer and stir then top with lime wedge and a sprig of mint leaves for garnish.
How to make a bulk batch of Moscow Mules
Muddle the mint and lime and place in a large pitcher. You’ll need 4 limes and a bunch of mint.
Add the ice, 1 cup of vodka and top with 2 cups ginger beer.
Make a Mexican Mule or Kentucky Mule by replacing the vodka with tequila or bourbon.
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How to make a Moscow Mule
- Cocktail Muddler
- Copper Mug
- Cocktail Strainer
- Cocktail Shaker
- 1 lime cut in quarters
- 4 mint leaves
- 1 cup ice
- 2 oz vodka I use Tito’s
- 4 oz ginger beer I use Fever Tree
- lime slices
- mint leaves
- In the bottom of a thick glass or metal shaker, add quartered lime. Muddle with medium force to release juice from the lime. Add mint leaves and lightly muddle it 1-2 times releasing the flavors.
- Strain lime/mint into a copper mug.
- Add 2 ounces (two shots) of vodka.
- Add ice.
- Pour in ginger beer and stir
- Stir, then top with lime slices and a few more mint leaves for garnish.
Tips & Notes:
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