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.
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
- Ginger Beer (not ginger ale)
- Lime Juice
- Mint (see how to propagate your own mint HERE) and lime for garnish
Cocktail Mixing Essential Tools
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.
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.
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.
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 2 ounces of vodka to your ice and lime.
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.
- 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
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!
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