Moscow Mule
Yield: 1 serving
If you've ordered this drink at a restaurant more than once, you may have realized that not all mules are created equal. I have enjoyed some far more than others. The combination below is my personal favorite, which has been equally enjoyed by several of my mule-loving friends!


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • 4 ounces ginger beer (not ginger ale; for those who haven’t tried, this is non-alcoholic)
  • For garnish: lime slice
  • Optional but recommended: 1 juicy orange or clementine wedge


  1. Fill a copper mug or similarly sized glass with ice.

    Pour in the vodka and lime juice. Add the ginger beer and gently swirl it with a spoon to mix. If using, give the orange wedge and good squeeze and drop it in the glass.

    Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

Notes & Options

*Though not traditional, I love the addition of orange. It balances the lime and, I think, makes for a smoother, more appealing cocktail.

•This drink can also be made with gin or bourbon. With any of these options and for a drink reminiscent of a Mint Julep, muddling or simply garnishing with fresh mint is nice for those who enjoy that flavor.
•If you’d like to serve a crowd, you may scale the recipe up and make it a pitcher drink.
•If you’d like to prep ahead, combine everything but the ginger beer, adding that just before serving to make the most of the carbonation. That said, if you have leftover ginger beer, place the cap on top of the bottle and refrigerate. If you use it within two days, it will still make a very good drink.

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