Beverage/ Recipe

Moscow Mule

January 17, 2019 (Last Updated: May 12, 2019)

A refreshing cocktail made with vodka, lime juice, mint and ginger ale.

A Moscow Mule in a glass with a lime wedge on top.

Have you ever had a Moscow Mule? I received a nifty set of copper mugs for Christmas and they are perfect for a Moscow Mule.  


Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer?

To be totally honest with you, I had never had this drink before, but now I’m totally hooked!  We had a bit of discussion around using ginger ale or ginger beer. Traditionally Moscow Mules are made with ginger beer, but it can also be made with ginger ale.

We only had ginger ale on hand, so guess what we ended up using? Yep, ginger ale!

Most people are familiar with ginger ale, but what is ginger beer? Ginger ale and beer are similar, although ginger beer has a stronger ginger taste.  Don’t let the name beer through you off. Ginger beer is a non-alcoholic beverage.

I find ginger ale easier to locate. Not all stores carry ginger beer.

Fresh cut limes and mint for in front of Moscow Mule mugs.

This drink is made with fresh squeezed lime juice, mint, vodka and ginger ale. Typically the mint is just served as a garnish, but I really like the added taste of the mint so I added few torn leaves  to my beverage.

Tips for making a Moscow Mule:

  • Use fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Use fresh mint
  • Use ginger ale or ginger beer
  • Use a shot glass to measure all ingredients – be careful though, not all shot glasses are the same size
  • Mix your beverage in a mixing glass first
  • Fill your copper mug or glass with ice and pour mixed beverage over top
  • Garnish with additional mint and a lime wedge

Why a Copper Mug?

  • The copper mug is reported to make the beverage colder
  • When you spot a beverage in a copper mug, it is most often a Moscow Mule, although the mugs can certainly be used for just about any beverage
  • You don’t need to use a copper mug – any type of glass works

A copper mug filled with a Moscow Mule made with ginger ale

I haven’t put a lot of drink recipes on my blog. I have Elderberry Vodka which is vodka infused with fresh elderberries. I also have a few non-alcoholic beverages including fresh squeezed lemonade, raspberry lemonade, and hot chocolate!

You can find these nifty copper mugs here.

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A Moscow Mule topped with a lime wedge.


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5 from 3 votes
Moscow Mule made with ginger ale, fresh lime juice, vodka and mint.
Moscow Mule
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

Refreshing alcoholic beverage made with fresh limes, mint, vodka and ginger ale

Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Moscow Mule, Moscow Mule Recipe, Moscow Mule with ginger ale
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 105 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 2 oz lime juice fresh squeezed
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 6 oz ginger ale
  • 12 mint leaves
  • ice
  1. In a large mixing glass add lime juice, vodka and ginger ale. Tear mint leaves into small pieces and add to glass. Stir well,

  2. Fill copper mugs or glasses with ice.

  3. Pour mixed beverage over ice.

  4. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge and a sprig of fresh mint.

Recipe Notes

Beverage can be strained while pouring over ice to remove torn mint leaves if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Moscow Mule
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105
% Daily Value*
Sodium 8mg 0%
Potassium 67mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Sugars 7g
Vitamin A 5.1%
Vitamin C 12.6%
Calcium 1.5%
Iron 2.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    January 22, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Oh, I had Moscow mule in a cocktail bar a few months ago, loved it! Definitely something I would make at home, for guests, of course… šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      January 24, 2019 at 4:14 pm

      It’s perfect for guests! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    January 21, 2019 at 5:04 am

    Oh man, we love a good Moscow Mule around here! We’ve tried several ginger beers, and each one tastes a little different. We finally settled on one that’s not as sweet as the others. Also, have you ever tried a Moscow Mule with bourbon instead of vodka? We call it a Kentucky Mule, and we actually prefer it more than the vodka version. Give it a shot!

    • Reply
      January 21, 2019 at 5:35 am

      I haven’t tried it with bourbon, but I think I’ll need to give it a try. Another reader suggested rum instead of vodka. I think I have a few different versions to try!

  • Reply
    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    January 19, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Looks so refreshing- and it’s the kind of alcoholic drink I like- tasty and goes down the hatch easily!

    • Reply
      January 21, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      Goes down nice and easy!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    January 17, 2019 at 6:39 am

    A favourite for sure! Pinning and trying yours soon…just what I need to brighten up these cold winter days šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      January 18, 2019 at 5:20 am

      All those limes just add a brightness to any day!

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    [email protected]
    January 17, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Moscow Mule is one of my favorite cocktails! Thanks for sharing!! Cheers!

    • Reply
      January 18, 2019 at 5:20 am

      Thanks! It’s such a fun drink!

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