Moscow Mule

The other day I mentioned the Moscow Mule as an ideal summer cocktail.

Photo of a Moscow Mule in a copper mug

Photo:  Moscow Mule served in a copper mug

Since then, I’ve been asked:

What are they? 

How are they made?

Moscow Mules were a popular cocktail back in the early 1940’s (particularly in Hollywood).  They’ve had a resurgence in popularity the last two years.

Moscow Mules are served in chilled copper mugs.  (I put my copper mugs in the freezer for a few hours prior to serving.)

Of course, if you don’t have copper mugs you can serve them in any cup/glass/mug you want.

Copper mugs should be 100% copper if you want them to last.  (They aren’t cheap, so I wouldn’t waste money on mugs that aren’t 100% copper.)

The tradition of the Moscow Mule copper mug:

   a)  Is very cool looking and fun

   b)  Keeps the drinks cold for a long time, particularly if you’re enjoying the cocktails outdoors

   c)  Provides some health benefits (which makes for an awesome excuse to drink these delicious cocktails)

There are slight variations to recipes, but I’m happy to share the recipe I use.



2 oz. vodka

2 oz. lime juice (preferably fresh squeezed)

Ginger Beer (not ginger-ale)

(Some recipes also call for sugar syrup, but I prefer the taste of a Moscow Mule without it.)

Fill the copper mug with ice, add 2 ounces of vodka, add 2 ounces of  lime juice, and then top with ginger beer and stir.

I add a slice of lime as a garnish also.

Moscow Mules have a very cool, refreshing, taste making them ideal for warm weather.  (Pool, beach, cook-outs, etc.)

What is ginger beer?

Well, it isn’t beer – there’s no alcohol in ginger beer.

Ginger beer can be found (sometimes) with soft drinks.  I ordered a case of it online because it isn’t easy to find where I live.  It’s got a stronger ginger taste than ginger-ale.  It’s a little tart, sweet, and spicy all at the same time.  The Fever-Tree brand of ginger beer was recommended to me, but I’m sure there are other excellent brands too.  

(Warning:  the bottle shown in the above photo is small.  It only holds 6 ounces.  If you’re going to have a Moscow Mule party – you’ll need a lot of them.)


11 Responses to “Moscow Mule”

  1. karen

    Your header photos are just stunning!.. wow…

    and thanks for the great drink recipe, never heard of it, or even copper mugs!

  2. Jan's Sushi Bar

    Oh, yum. I might have to buy a ginger beer for this, although I haven’t had a soda in more than 2 years.

    Foodgawker would totally turn down the photo of the mug – they would tell you the angle is “awkward.” Dipsh!ts.

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      Ginger beer isn’t really like a soda, although it’s sometimes sold with sodas. It’s more like a lime-y, ginger-y, tonic water. It’s hard to describe.

      Re the photo – hey, no criticizing photos taken while drinking : )
      Also, I don’t follow Foodgawker and have only heard of them through you. In other words, I don’t give a shit what they think about me or my photos. Take THAT foodgawker! LOL

      PS I have an interesting post coming up which touches on the subject of judging photography!

  3. Gaelyn

    That sounds very refreshing and I like ginger ale so will have to look for this ginger beer that’s not beer.

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      You should give it a try! You can sometimes find ginger beer by sodas, more often in the mixer section at a liquor store. As I told Jan, it’s kind of like a lime/ginger tonic.

  4. Judi

    I’ve seen Ginger Beer at BevMo, but have never tried it. I don’t like beer, so never looked past the name to see what it really was! Think I’ll pick up some next time I’m there.

  5. Sharon Sersch

    Thanks for the article on the Moscow mule drink. My husband and his good friend like drinking them a lot, especially in the summer time. My husband received copper mugs for his birthday. I am wondering, once we had them in the freezer, they now have spots on them. I used a metal cleaner that said could be used on silver, copper, etc. Was really disappointed when they didn’t clean up well. Do you have any suggestions on how I can keep these mugs clean? When you are not using them, how do you store them? I would assume I do not want to keep them in the freezer, am I right?.


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