The Moscow Mule Cocktail

The Moscow Mule cocktail is a drink with a great deal of historical personality. First poured at the Cock‘n Bull in 1941, the drink was invented to promote the sales of two struggling products, Smirnoff vodka and the house’s ginger beer. The spicy, tangy flavor of the Moscow Mule made it an instant hit and launched Smirnoff into the famous company we know it as today

Rebranded as the Smirnoff Mule, this classic cocktail even had it’s own dance and jingle:

“Stand stubborn/Stop sudden/Look cool. Turn it on/Take it off/The Smirnoff Mule."

The Moscow Mule Recipe

  • 1.5 - 2 oz of vodka

  • 4 ounces of ginger beer

  • ¼ to ½ of a lime

Fill your classic copper mug (with a non-reactive metal liner) or a rocks glass with ice. Build your cocktail directly in your mug or glass, combining vodka (traditionally Smirnoff) with ginger beer. Then, add fresh lime juice.

Please notice, the vodka and lime juice amounts are just estimates. When it comes to alcohol and acidity, some people like their drinks stronger or weaker. Tailor this recipe to your individual palate and enjoy!

Variations on The Moscow Mule Cocktail

With many of the variations of the Moscow Mule cocktail simply replacing vodka with another type of liquor, the Moscow Mule is a versatile drink.

  • Kentucky Mule - swap vodka for Bourbon

  • Gin Gin Mule - swap vodka for gin

  • Mexican Mule - swap vodka for Tequila

  • Irish Mule - swap vodka for Irish whiskey

  • Rum Mule - swap vodka for rum

Traditional Mule Garnishes

The Moscow Mule cocktail is traditionally garnished with a lime wedge, but another popular garnishing option for this drink is a fragrant mint leaf.

However, as the seasons change and winter comes blowing through an extra layer of depth can be added to the Moscow Mule’s flavor profile by floating a few dashes of Embitterment Aromatic Bitters on the top of this cocktail - enhancing your drink with the fragrance of those warm holiday spice notes.