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The Moscow Mule: An Easy and Ultra Refreshing Mixed Drink with Vodka

Updated on January 23, 2015

Crisp and Refreshing Vodka Mixed Drink: Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule: a perfect summer party drink.
The Moscow Mule: a perfect summer party drink.

What is a Moscow Mule?

The Moscow Mule is a super refreshing vodka cocktail that first became popular in the 1950s. Making a Moscow Mule is as simple as it gets, but the secret to a good Moscow Mule is starting with a good Ginger Beer, such as Cock 'n Bull Ginger Beer.

The vodka can be whatever suits your fancy; add a fresh lime wedge, and voila: The Moscow Mule.

The drink-ware used to serve a Moscow Mule is nearly as important as the ingredients. For some mysterious reason, Moscow Mules just taste (even) better when served in the traditional copper mug. Of course, the mug also adds that certain charm which makes it a perfect cocktail for a summer party or get-together with friends.

...makin' the Mule.

Cock 'n Bull is the original Ginger Beer used for the Moscow Mule.
Cock 'n Bull is the original Ginger Beer used for the Moscow Mule.
Don't skimp on the fresh lime!
Don't skimp on the fresh lime!
The copper mug keeps your drink frosty cold and doubles as a conversation piece.
The copper mug keeps your drink frosty cold and doubles as a conversation piece.

Preparation Time

Prep time: 1 min
Ready in: 1 min
Yields: 1 16 ounce serving

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Vodka
  • 6 or more ounces Ginger Beer, (Cock'n Bull is the best)
  • 1/4 Lime, cut into wedge
  • Ice

How to make a Moscow Mule

  1. Slice a fresh lime into 4 wedges. Squeeze one wedge into a copper mug.
  2. Drop the lime wedge into the mug and fill the mug with ice.
  3. Pour 2 ounces of your favorite vodka over the ice.
  4. Fill mug to the top with Ginger Beer. Enjoy this cold, refreshing beverage responsibly.

Ginger Beer vs. Ginger Ale

What is the difference between Ginger Beer and Ginger Ale? Both are non-alcoholic soft drinks with a ginger flavor. Both have stomach soothing qualities and a fresh, crisp taste. The many differences range from history, to recipe, to taste.

The first difference you'll notice, is the color. Generally, Ginger Beer is golden, while Ginger Ale is a pale shade of amber. The next, obvious difference is the flavor. Ginger Ale is sweet and mild, while Ginger Beer has a spicy, gingery zing.

Ginger Beer is thought to have originated in England in the late 1700s. It was originally a fermented brew with a slight alcoholic content. Currently, Ginger Beer is still a brewed beverage, unlike Ginger Ale.

Ginger Ale arrived on the scene in the 1800s and became popular in America during the prohibition era. Ginger Ale is a ginger flavored, carbonated beverage, not a brew.

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The location of the ,one time, famous Cock'n Bull Bar on Sunset Boulevard.

Origins of the Moscow Mule

It all started in 1941 when friends John(Jack) Morgan, John Martin and Rudolph Kunett sat down together at the Chatham Hotel bar in New York and got inventive. Morgan was the president of Cock 'n Bull, a popular bar in L.A.and producer of ginger beer. Martin was president of a spirits distribution company on the East Coast; and Kunett was president of the company that had acquired the selling rights for Smirnoff Vodka. Together, the three were looking for a way to boost the popularity of vodka, a Russian spirit little known in pre-1940s America.

The three created a delicious drink that is still recognized as the vehicle for popularizing vodka as a mainstream spirit in North America. By 1950, the "vodka craze" was in full swing and vodka had replaced gin as America's most popular white spirit.

Recently, this retro drink has been making a resurgence in popularity across America. Is it the tantalizing flavor or the cool copper mug, that is so appealing?...that's for you to decide!


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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      I love vodka, in fact that's my favorite alcoholic drink, but sometimes it can be too strong, so this is great! I never realised there was a difference between ginger beer and ginger ale, so that was really interesting, thanks!

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      Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo

      Hey thanks Nell! These are really fun, tasty drinks that I rediscovered recently. I think they are making a comeback...

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Sounds very interesting, but i can not try it because i do not drink any more .

      Vote up and more !!!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I've never heard of the "mule", but since I enjoy ginger beer I'm sure it would be fabulous!

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      Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo

      Tom...you could just have a ginger beer with lime....mmmm, so tasty and no alcohol!

      Hi Vespawoolf, I think you will love them!

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      This is the first I've heard of it too, and to think it's responsible for the vodka craze! I really must bring my cocktail history up to par. Well this is a start, thanks to you!

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      Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      Ah, I totally had this once, but forgot the name! Thanks for putting this up!

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      Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo

      Hi Letitia, always so nice to hear from you! Do they have Ginger Beer in France?

      Hello Internpete...I hope you try one again, now that you remember the name!

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      I don't know if we do; never heard of it. As soon as I get home to Paris (I'm in Lisbon) I'm going to check. I love the idea of drinking a Russian cocktail invented in LA in Paris. Very cool!

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      Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo

      Hahaha, yes, very cosmopolitan of you!

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      mattdigiulio 5 years ago

      YUM. Can't wait to try this one. Never gotten ginger beer, will seek this one out. Moscow Mule seems very easy to make, too. Voting up.

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      Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo

      thanks Matt!

      They are easy and really yummy. My husband said I make them too weak, so adjust to your liking!

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      David Hamilton 3 years ago from Lexington, KY

      My favorite drink. I just made a hub with my recipe, but your hub is much more in-depth! Great job.

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