Classic Moscow Mule Recipe


The Moscow Mule is the “IT” cocktail of the season.

You can not sit at bar in NYC these days without hearing someone order a Moscow Mule, or have your bartender offer you his special twist on the classic recipe. I have seen mango, mint and orange on the menu. We even have our own twist here on the blog.  We created it long before this latest trend and it’s great if you want to give it a try. We call it the Summer Moscow Mule.

For those looking for the classic version, I’m sharing the recipe and a little history below. If you want to stay true to the original then you need to serve this cocktail in a copper mug. I just saw them on sale at Crate and Barrel, but the internet is full of options if you perform a simple google search. The Moscow Mule is a refreshing drink and should be served ultra-cold. The copper mug is perfect because it keeps the drink cold – you won’t need as much ice and therefore won’t water down your drink.

Moscow Mule History:
Three things no one wanted added up to one that everyone loved! In 1941, during the cold war Americans were boycotting Smirnoff Vodka because they believed it was made in Russia (in reality it was made in the USA). The owner of the Cock ‘N’ Bull in Hollywood found himself in a predicament because he had purchased numerous cases of it.  Along with his unwanted Smirnoff, he also had an abundance of house made ginger beer that was not selling as quickly as he had hoped. So in a stroke of genius and ingenuity, Wes Price, the bartender at the time, mixed the two and like any good California added the juice of lime. It was delicious, but he needed something to make the drink stand out so he purchased copper mugs from a Russian immigrant named Sophie Berezinski. Sophie had come to California with 2,000 copper mugs she had designed in her father’s copper shop back home in Russia. Her husband was ready to throw them all out in the trash, when Sophie sold them to the Cock ‘N’ Bull. The Moscow Mule became hugely popular and remains so today.  It proves the point that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I love this “cocktail” story and will share it when I serve Moscow Mules at my Memorial Day BBQ this month.

Servings: Makes 1


  • Ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chilled ginger beer
  • 1 lime wedge


  1. Fill tall glass or copper much with ice.
  2. Add vodka and lime juice, then ginger beer; stir to mix.
  3. Garnish with lime wedge

Enjoy and please remember to drink and serve responsibly.

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