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Learn how to make a classic Moscow Mule at home using just 3 ingredients!

The Classic Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule is extremely refreshing and just puts out chill vibes with it’s slice of lime and signature copper mug. You can also customize this classic recipe in different way. Read on to learn more…

How to Make a Moscow Mule at Home

The hardest part about making this 3-ingredient cocktail at home might be tracking down the iconic copper mugs and some ginger beer. So, I’ve got a few tips and links to help get you going…

Where to find copper Moscow Mule mugs

If you are trying to achieve the full Moscow Mule experience, get a set of solid copper Moscow Mule mugs. Solid copper is a must. Especially if you’re giving these as a gift. Don’t be like me and unknowingly give stainless steel lined mugs. They just aren’t as cool, literally.

See, the whole deal with the copper mug is that copper cools quickly to match the temperature of the drink and offers your lips a chilled surface to sip this refreshing cocktail.

So if you were wondering why Moscow Mules come in a copper mug, there’s your answer! It also just makes a nice presentation for an otherwise pretty colorless drink.

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Where to find ginger beer?

First of all, I just want to mention that ginger beer and ginger ale are not the same.

I suppose you could sub in ginger ale if you had to, but ginger beer is much spicier and really adds to the overall flavor of the Moscow Mule. (If you want an in depth explanation of the difference between ginger ale and ginger beer check out this article by Huff Post.)

So definitely pick up a bottle or a six pack of ginger beer if you’re wanting to achieve the same authentic taste you get at a restaurant.

You can also make a Dark & Stormy cocktail with ginger beer!

Moscow Mules are actually really easy to make!

There are only three ingredients in a classic Mosow Mule. That’s it! So, it’s really pretty easy to whip up your own Moscow Mules at home.

If you’d like to add an extra touch and some additional refreshing flavor, you can add a sprig of fresh mint as a garnish along with the slice of lime.

How to customize a classic Moscow Mule

Once you get the basic recipe down, you can experiment with adding other fruits in to flavor your drink.

You can add in a splash of just about any kind of juice you can think of that goes with lime or substitute a lemon and find a fruit that pairs well with lemons.

For some extra flair, garnish with fresh fruits to match your splash of juice.

Try other types of Mules.

You can also mix up the flavor by keeping the basic Mule recipe the same but varying the alcohol you add.

For example, I love making Kentucky Mules which are made with Kentucky bourbon instead of vodka. The bourbon adds a hint of oakiness to the flavor which goes really well with the ginger beer and citrusy lime.

Ever heard of an Irish Mule? Same deal. Just use Irish whiskey.

Other easy cocktails to make at home

Check out my other easy cocktail recipes! Most of them are the classics and are all easy enough to make yourself at home.

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Classic Moscow Mule in Copper Mug

Easy Moscow Mule - Just 3 ingredients

Classic Moscow Mule

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Cuisine: American
Skill Level: Easy
Recipe Type: Alcoholic Beverage
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Servings
Yield: 8oz


  • 2 oz vodka
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 6 oz ginger beer
  • Crushed ice
  • Optional: Garnish with fresh mint


  • Fill a copper mug full with crushed ice.
  • Add vodka, lime juice then ginger beer. Give it a gentle swirl and serve garnished with a slice of lime.


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