Moscow Mule Recipe

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A Moscow Mule also known as a “Vodka Buck” is a classic cocktail, and definitely a little different! Impress your friends by serving this spicy, deliciously fizzy and icy cold cocktail! Totally refreshing!

When it comes to cocktails for parties or for game day, we’ve got you covered. Anything with lime is always a hit, like orange margaritas or fresh watermelon mojitos. But sometimes you just want something that’s got some zing to it. That’s where Moscow Mules come in!

A Classic Moscow Mule in a copper mug.

What is in a Moscow Mule?

There’s just a few ingredients in a Moscow Mule, and none of them are hard to find!

  • Vodka. I recommend using quality vodka. After all, if you are going to all the trouble of planning perfect cocktails, why not go for the gold?
  • Lime Juice is pretty self-explanatory, but you’ll definitely want to squeeze your own lime juice for this cocktail. Choose between key limes for a tangy bite, or Persian limes for a milder mule that won’t kick quite as hard!
  • Ginger Beer is not to be confused with ginger ale, it’s mild mannered cousin. Ginger Beer can be fairly mild but sometimes it can have some serious attitude. Try out different kinds to find your favorite, you’d be surprised how much they can vary!
  • Mint leaves, reminiscent of the Classic Mojito, will cool things down a bit and provide contrast to the zippy mixer. (And it makes for great presentation too!)

Moscow Mule ingredients with lime and mint garnish.

How to Make a Moscow Mule

Making a moscow mule is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Following the recipe below you can impress your guests and make a fancy cocktail with little to no work.

  1. Fill a copper mug with ice.
  2. Add ingredients (recipe below) and give a stir. Not too much, you’ll want to ginger beer nice a fizzy!
  3. Garnish with lime wedge and fresh mint leaves.

Why is a Moscow Mule Made in a Copper Mug?

Moscow Mules are best served in copper mugs. There’s something about copper that conducts cold temperature making the drink seem super icy and unusually cold! Plus copper mugs are so pretty, and they make these cocktails look incredibly appealing! Also, it’s just how mules should be served!

Moscow Mules are fast becoming everybody’s favorite drink, and this recipe does not disappoint!

Overview of a classic Moscow Mule cocktail garnished with lime wedges and mint leaves.

To Make This Drink Non-Alcoholic

My 15 year old LOVES moscow mules (without alcohol of course). To make this cocktail into a mocktail, simply skip the vodka. So simple and so delicious!


  • change the vodka for flavored vodka (cranberry or peach are great)
  • add various fruits, oranges, mangoes, peaches to name a few
  • swap out the mint for other herbs (strawberry & basil is a great combo)
  • swap out vodka for rum, tequila, gin, whisky or another favorite

Favorite Cocktails

Moscow Mule Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
A simple cocktail perfect for the holidays.


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz lime juice fresh
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • 2 sprigs mint

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  • Fill a glass or moscow mule mug with ice.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Give a stir and garnish with lime wedges and mint.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 174, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Sodium: 9mg, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 85IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Iron: 1mg
Keyword moscow mule
Top photo - A Classic Moscow Mule in a copper mug. Bottom photo - a top view of this classic favorite.
Top view of a classic Moscow Mule in a copper mug.
Top photo - A Classic Moscow Mule in a copper mug. Bottom photo - a top view of this classic favorite.

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