Refreshing, fizzy and a little bit spicy, this Moscow mule recipe is the perfect cocktail to impress your friends (and your taste buds)!

Aka “Vodka Buck”, this classic is definitely a little different! A combination of ginger beer, vodka, mint, and lime, it’s great keeps simple or with fruit.

Moscow Mule in a cup with ice lime and mint

What is in a Moscow Mule?

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

  • Vodka. Plain or even flavored is great in this recipe.
  • Lime Juice is pretty self-explanatory, but you’ll definitely want to squeeze fresh juice for this cocktail. Store-bought juice tends to have a bitter flavor.
  • Ginger Beer (not to be confused with ginger ale) 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!)

Ingredients for Moscow mule with lime and mint


How to Make a Moscow Mule

Making a Moscow mule is quick and easy.

  1. Fill a copper mug with ice (or a regular glass if it’s what you have on hand).
  2. Add ingredients (recipe below) and give a stir. Not too much, you’ll want to keep the ginger beer nice and 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 Mule garnished with mint and lime slices

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

Anything with lime is always well-loved, 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!

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Moscow Mule in a cup with ice lime and mint
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Moscow Mule Recipe

A simple cocktail perfect for the holidays.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce lime juice fresh
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • 2 sprigs mint


  • Fill a glass or moscow mule mug with ice.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Give a stir and garnish with lime wedges and mint.
5 from 13 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 174 | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Beverage
Cuisine American
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  1. I’ve recently discovered the mule this year. it’s now one of my favs. what kind of ginger beer do you use? that can make or break this recipe. thanks5 stars

  2. So delicious! I have always had Moscow Mules at restaurants but didn’t realize how easy they were to make! Thanks for the delicious recipe!5 stars

  3. Love the recipe and all great info. I definitely agree on using fresh mint, it is a game changer. Can’t wait to use some of your ideas this weekend and integrate them into the recipe I have been using! 5 stars