How To Make A Moscow Mule

With the Moscow mule being one of the most popular cocktails it is a good recipe to have at your finger tips, especially if you’re one who likes to entertain. Or if you just like mixing yourself a drink to enjoy. The nice thing is is they are one of the easiest drinks to make.

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Ginger beer fizzing as it's being poured into a copper mug.

The Moscow mule is one of our very favorite cocktails to make and drink. It’s right up there with our Raspberry Mint Martini and our Spicy Pineapple Rum Cocktail. There are literally endless variations you can do like our Peach and Gin Moscow Mule 😀. We have a few recommendations and tips to make your Moscow mule the best ever! Keep reading to find out more.

What You Need to Make This Recipe

Ingredients for moscow mules on a blue background.

Ingredient List

  • Vodka (Titos is our go-to)
  • Ginger Beer (our favorite brand is Cock n Bull)
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Ice

Moscow Mule Variations

There are endless variations and twists you can do to the Moscow mule. Your imagination is the limit. We will list a few of the most popular ones below and a few of our own creations.

Kentucky Mule:

For a Kentucky mule you will just switch out the vodka for bourbon/whiskey. We preferer using one that is on the less sweet side like Pendleton because the ginger beer is already really sweet.

We are far from whiskey experts and just use what tastes good to us. You will have to experiment to see what your favorite is.

Gin Gin Mule or London Mule

This is a Moscow mule made with gin in the place of vodka. Try this Peach Gin Mule.

Mexican Mule

Switch out the vodka for tequila to make a Mexican mule.

Dark and Stormy, would this be a Caribbean mule?? Maybe

Use dark rum in place of vodka.

Raspberry Lemon Mule

This is one of our creations. We add a small handful of raspberries and trade the lime for lemon then garnish with mint.

Montana Mule or Huckleberry Mule

Use huckleberry flavored vodka, we recommend Wild Roots or 44° North

Berry Mule

One of our favorite things to do to a mule is to add a small handful of fresh or frozen berries. Blackberries, blueberries or raspberries.

Hibiscus Mule

Use Q hibiscus ginger beer.

Expert Tips

The secret to a fantastic Moscow mule is having everything COLD and of course using high quality ingredients.

  • Chill your ginger beer
  • Freeze your vodka
  • You can even chill your cup
  • Use lots of ice
  • Use a ginger beer that has a good kick to it (we have our favorite listed below).


What is a Moscow Mule

A Moscow mule is a cocktail made with just three simple ingredients: Vodka, Ginger beer and Lime juice. It is traditionally served in a copper mug (said to keep the drink cold). But you can serve it in pretty much whatever you want. Some people prefer the copper mug because they say it makes it taste different but honestly we can’t really tell a difference, even after sipping out of different cups side by side. But if that is what you like then absolutely go for it! It really does look cool!

What is The Best Ginger Beer for Moscow Mules

Cock n Bull is our favorite and Fever Tree is runner up.

We actually did a blind taste test with a few people and everyone’s favorite was Cock n Bull.

Fun fact: It is said that the Moscow mule was invented in a bar called Cock n Bull. We didn’t know that at the time of our blind taste test.

These are the brands we blind tested (listed favorite to least favorite). They were just the ones we could find at our local grocery stores.

  1. Cock n Bull (great)
  2. Fever Tree (great)
  3. Q Ginger Beer (great)
  4. Bedford’s (good)
  5. Reed’s (ok)
  6. Signature Select (too sweet, not enough ginger flavor)

🍸 Lets Get Mixing 🍸

Print Recipe

Step by step instructions with photos

Fill your glass of choice clear full of ice. Add 1/2 ounce Fresh lime juice (usually 1 wedge) and 2 ounces Vodka. Top with 4-6 ounces Ginger beer. Stir gently a couple times. Enjoy!

A moscow mule in a glass cup and a cutting board with sliced limes and ginger. Copper mugs in the background.

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Side view of a moscow mule in a copper mug.

How To Make A Moscow Mule

Jess & Riss
The Moscow mule is a popular drink and for good reason. Fizzy, spicy, and sweet with a hint of tang. This refreshing cocktail is super easy to make and there are endless variations you can do to make it your own.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Drink
Calories 232 kcal


  • Ice
  • 2 ounces Vodka
  • 1/2 onuce (1 wedge) Fresh lime juice
  • 4-6 ounces Ginger beer


  • Fill your cup clear full of ice. Pour the vodka and lime over the ice. Top with ginger beer. Stir gently a few times. Garnish with a lime slice and fresh ginger if desired.


For the best moscow mule use chilled vodka and ginger beer.
Cock n Bull is our ginger beer of choice.

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