Moscow Mule

A classic vodka cocktail with sweet and spicy ginger beer with a touch of lime. Learn how to make the traditional mule and customize it to your liking.

Irish mule recipe in a mule mug on a green cloth napkin

I’m having a serious addiction to ginger these days.

For months, I have been snacking on candied ginger, adding ground ginger to baked goods and craving it in my cocktails as well.

In fact, the very first cocktail recipe that I posted on this blog was for a Bourbon + Ginger Ale.

But it’s even better with ginger beer, which is a non-alcoholic soda made with ginger.

picture of Irish mules on green napkins and a green citrus juicer

It’s kind of a cross between root beer and ginger ale, and also totally delicious. My favorite brand of ginger beer is Bundaberg, but Reed’s is a close second!

In fact, I compiled a taste test of ginger beers and ranked them by how spicy they are.

Now, I bring you the Moscow Mule. It’s a classic but simple cocktail that combines vodka, lime juice and ginger beer for a lovely and succulent treat.

two irish mule cocktails in copper mugs

Traditional Moscow Mules are served in copper mugs (affiliate link) to keep the beverage cold, but a Collins or similar glass filled with ice will work just fine.

And if you’re either out of vodka or just not a vodka lover, you can substitute other liquors in this recipe for similar results. Case in point:

I hope you enjoy your weekend! I’m planning to spend most of mine curled up with a book. And a Moscow Mule, probably. (I’ve been drinking these all week!) // susannah

picture of Irish mules on green napkins and a green citrus juicer

Moscow Mule

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A classic vodka cocktail with spicy ginger beer and a hint of lime.


  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 to 6 ounces ginger beer, chilled
  • Lime slices


  1. Fill a copper mug with ice. Squeeze lime juice into the mug and drop in the spent shell. 
  2. Then, pour in the vodka and top with ginger beer. Stir gently. Garnish with another lime slice, if desired.

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  1. ANNIE says

    I used to have some of those copper cups for Mules and just saw then for sale online.That was a very popular drink in the mid ’80, at least in N. CAL. Yum!

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