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How to Make a Moscow Mule – The Best Mule Recipes

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My favorite recipe for a Moscow Mule Recipe (aka Russian Mule) is this one with fresh, zingy flavors that are not too sweet. This recipe features vodka, ginger beer, lime, and mint.

Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule

How to Make a Moscow Mule

To make the best mule recipes, you need the best ingredients you can find.

What’s in a Moscow Mule? Easy to find ingredients such as ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice.

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Classic Mule Recipe Ingredients 

  • Vodka
  • Ginger Beer (not ginger ale)
  • Lime Juice
  • Ice
  • Mint (see how to propagate your own mint HERE) and lime for garnish
Moscow Mule Ingredients

Moscow Mule Ingredients

Cocktail Mixing Essential Tools


Mule Cocktail Supplies

Mule Cocktail Supplies

Tip: I used stainless steel-lined copper mule mugs since they are easier to clean.


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Once you have gathered all your cocktail ingredients and bar tools, you are ready to create the best vodka cocktail.

The first step in making the best classic mule is to fill your mugs (these are the ones I use) with ice cubes or crushed ice.


All Ice Cubes To Your Mule Drink

All Ice Cubes To Your Mule Drink

Next, add the juice from one-half of a lime. I recommend freshly squeezed lime juice to the bottled lime juice since it only takes a minute to press it; furthermore, the flavor is fresh and clean.

Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice for Moscow Mule

Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice for Moscow Mule

Tip: I was given a lime reamer as a gift, and I never used it until I could not find our lime squeezer, so I tried the reamer, and I like how it works better than a juicer.

After you fill the mug with ice, add lime juice to mule mugs.

After you fill the mug with ice, add lime juice to the mule mugs.

What’s the best vodka for vodka cocktails? I use Absolute Vodka for all my vodka cocktails; however, you can use your favorite vodka.

Add vodka to your copper mugs

Add vodka to your copper mugs.

Add 2 ounces of vodka to your ice and lime.


Open Fever Tree Ginger Beer

Open your favorite ginger beer.


Next, add Fever-Tree Ginger Beer (or your favorite ginger beer) to fill the mug.

Note: If you like your cocktails a little sweeter, you can add an ounce of simple syrup before adding the ginger beer. I like the fresh kick and zingy bite of the ginger beer, lime, and vodka.

Fill copper cups with ginger beer

Fill your copper cups the rest of the way with ginger beer.

Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule

Refreshing cocktail with fresh fruit and juices
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Moscow Mule, Moscow Mule Recipe, Mule Drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
0 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 193kcal
Cost: 2


  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 6 oz Ginger Beer
  • 1 tbsp Lime juice


  • Fill your Moscow Mule Mugs with ice
  • Using a lime reamer to squeeze ½ lime add the juice to the mule mug
  • Add 2 ounces of Vodka
  • Pour in ginger beer to fill the mug
  • Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and lime slice or wedge


Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin C: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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Garnish with Fresh spring of mint

Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint


Add a slice or wedge of lime

Add a slice or a lime wedge.


Mule Recipe Variations

If you enjoy Moscow Mules, you might like mule variations, such as the Kentucky mule, which is a bourbon-based spin on the Moscow mule. For a Kentucky mule, bourbon whiskey replaces vodka.

During the holidays, I serve my mules with cranberry juice. After adding the lime and vodka, add 4 oz of cranberry juice and finish with the ginger beer.

Garnish with fresh cranberries, lime, and Rosemary. I set up a bar cart with the recipe and invite my guests to make their cocktails. Read more about how I set up my holiday entertaining stations HERE!


Frosty Cranberry Moscow Mule with garnish

Frosty Cranberry Moscow Mule with a garnish

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Dirty Shirley Cocktail

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What brunch would be complete without a Mimosa?

When I was a student in a culinary school, one of our areas of study was mixology, and my favorite cocktail with the Mimosa. I was taught to make it with fresh-squeezed orange juice with a grenadine syrup-soaked sugar cube. This easy champagne cocktail is fun to serve at brunch and parties. Guests enjoy making their own, so I set up a Mimosa bar.

Best Mimosa

Best Mimosa

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Friday 7th of July 2023

One of my favourites - love this. Happy Friday


Friday 11th of September 2020

I made this tonight. I have never tried a Moscow Mule and was curious. How is it that I have never tried one of these? This was fantastic, a touch spicy, and refreshing! Thank you for sharing this recipe.


Thursday 3rd of June 2021

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a great day. Hugs, Kippi

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