Moscow Mule Cocktail


This classic Moscow mule recipe uses vodka, ginger beer, ice, and lime to create a refreshing cocktail that has nothing to do with Moscow or mules, but after a few sips of this vodka-based concoction, no one will care!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins

You don't have to go to the bar to enjoy a perfect Moscow mule! This Moscow mule recipe creates a wonderfully sweet and refreshing cocktail every time.

What Is a Moscow Mule?

A Moscow mule is a vodka-based cocktail made with lime juice and ginger beer. Though the drink is associated with Russia (for obvious reasons), it's actually an American invention that dates back to the 1940s. Moscow mules are served in copper mugs because the cold metal insulates the liquid inside, keeping the cocktail cool and refreshing.

a close up view of a couple of Moscow mules served in traditional copper mugs and garnished with fresh limes.
Meredith Food Studio

How to Make a Moscow Mule

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

Moscow Mule Ingredients

These are the ingredients you'll need to make a Moscow mule at home:

· Vodka: Moscow mules are traditionally made with vodka.
· Lime: You'll need the juice for the drink and a wedge for garnish.
· Ice: Moscow mules are cold served over ice.
· Ginger beer: Not to be confused with ginger ale!

Best Vodka For Moscow Mules

You can use any unflavored vodka you have on hand. While you don't have to use a top shelf bottle, make sure you pick something you enjoy drinking.

How Do You Make a Moscow Mule?

Making a Moscow mule is as simple as it gets. Just add the ingredients to a mug and stir to combine! Find the full, step-by-step recipe below.

Moscow Mule Cocktail
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How to Serve a Moscow Mule

Serve your Moscow mule in a chilled copper mug for a traditionally elegant presentation. Garnish with a lime wedge and, if you like, throw a mint sprig in there for an extra pop of color and flavor.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This is the perfect summertime cocktail," according to Allison Volosin. "It's refreshing and actually quenches your thirst. Just remember to drink in moderation and enjoy!"

"Very good balance of sweet, sour, spicy (and boozy)," raves Cameron3. "Watch out though...they go down too easily!"

"I served this as a 'speciality' drink and gave it to guests as they arrived," says Jenny. "All loved them and wanted the recipe."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 ½ fluid ounces vodka

  • ½ fluid ounce lime juice

  • ice cubes

  • ½ cup ginger beer

  • 1 lime wedge for garnish


  1. Pour vodka and lime juice into a mug; add ice cubes and ginger beer. Stir to combine.

  2. Drop a lime wedge into the mug for garnish.

    a close up view of a couple of Moscow mules served in traditional copper mugs and garnished with fresh limes.
    Meredith Food Studio

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

153 Calories
15g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 153
% Daily Value *
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Potassium 26mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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