Classic Moscow Mule Recipe

The classic and refreshing Moscow mule cocktail consists of ginger beer, vodka, and fresh lime juice.

Despite being a fizzy classic, I don’t think the Moscow mule is as popular as it should be. I’m new to exploring them myself—I’d heard of them of course, but only recently started adding them to our rotation of cocktails.

Classic Moscow Mule Recipe

The Dark and Stormy (the other popular ginger beer cocktail), is somewhat in the same realm of cocktails but uses rum instead of vodka. The other difference is the fresh lime juice, which balances out the spiciness of the ginger beer. And how could I forget the iconic copper mug? If you don’t have one you should definitely pick one up. The copper insulates the drink and keeps your moscow mule surprisingly chilled for a long time.

Ginger beer had to grow on me. It has a very spicy flavor that is unique—now I can’t get enough of it. Believe it or not there are two types of ginger beer: one is a non-alcoholic soda stocked at most grocery stores, the other is actually a hard soda with alcohol. Crabbie’s is popular if you want a more potent cocktail.

Classic Moscow Mule Recipe
Classic Moscow Mule Recipe

Classic Moscow Mule Recipe

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x



  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces ginger beer (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
  • Mint leaves and lime wedge garnish


  1. Pour lime juice and vodka in a copper mug and fill with ice. Top with ginger beer and gently stir. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint leaves if desired.