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Moscow Mule


  • 2 Oz Vodka
  • 1 Oz Lime Juice (1 lime)
  • ½ Oz Simple Syrup
  • Dash Bitters
  • Top Ginger Beer


  • 1 Mint sprig
  • 1 Lime wedge




  1. Pack a 12 oz collins glass (or preferably a copper mug) full with ice, add vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters. Fill the glass with ginger beer and stir.
  2. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint sprig.


The history of the Moscow Mule goes back to 1941 and was invented by John G. Martin of Heublein, Inc., of East Coast spirits, and Jack Morgan, owner of the Cock 'n' Bull Tavern, a bar on the Sunset strip in Los Angeles. As the story goes, John had recently acquired the right to sell Smirnoff vodka in the US and Jack had a surplus of ginger beer at his establishment. Voila, they now have a new drink. Eventually John Martin used the Moscow Mule to help promote vodka to bars across the US and this helped fuel the mainstream acceptance of vodka as the preferred white spirit, replacing gin.

The original recipe is simply vodka, lime juice and ginger beer. The addition of bitters and simple syrup make a more complex taste in my opinion.

The other gimmick that was used to market the Moscow Mule was to serve it in a copper mug. The reason for this isn’t really know, but like anything, making something stand out from the crowd tends to help sales. With time, and the bad habit of people collecting (i.e. stealing) glassware from bars and restaurants as souvenirs, the copper mug is a thing of the past, much like the silver julep cup. Art of Drink