9 Different Ways to Make a Moscow Mule Cocktail

Ways to make a Moscow MuleLooking for different ways to make a Moscow Mule? Well, you’ve come to the right place! The Moscow Mule is popping up on menus all over these days and the delicious cocktail is easy to spot from afar. That’s because a true Moscow Mule is always served up in a copper mug but how did the tradition start? Before we dig into 9 awesome Mule recipes, let’s touch on the history for a second…

To understand the roots of the Moscow Mule, you need to go back to 1941 when a group of men were having a drink at the Chatham Bar in Manhattan. One of these men was the owner of a prominent Hollywood restaurant named Jack Morgan. Another was John G. Martin, the president of a spirits distributor. The third, Rudolph Kunett, was the man in charge of the vodka division of Morgan’s company.

The story goes that the men were curious what would happen if they mixed ginger beer, vodka and lemon together to make a cocktail, and obviously, the drink that they produced was delicious.

Different Ways to Make a Moscow MuleA copper mug was not present at the birth of the drink we now know as the Moscow Mule, but it would soon become forever associated with it. Not long after the drink’s invention, Martin began to tour the United States, visiting bars to sell Smirnoff vodka and share the recipe.
As a way of branding the cocktail and promote the vodka, he would bring a copper mug along and ask bartenders to pose with it and a bottle of Smirnoff. One of the pictures would be given to the bartender to hang in the bar and another was put in Martin’s personal collection.

A copper colored mug has been the traditional drinkware for serving a Moscow Mule ever since.

Although many bartenders could tell you what a mule was, the drink really became popular in 2012 when Oprah Winfrey included a Moscow Mule kit in the Favorite Things section of her magazine. Now the drink is being crafted by professional and home bartenders alike.

These recipes will help you make the most of your copper mugs and become a part of the mule movement. Not only does it contain the best-ever classic Moscow Mule recipe, but it also includes 8 delicious variations, so you can enjoy a tasty mule in your mug any time of the year.

The Original Mule

We have to start with the classic Moscow Mule recipe…you know, the one the copper mug was originally designed for. Different Ways to Make a Moscow Mule

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • Juice from ½ lime
  • Bottle of ginger beer
  • Ice
  • Slice of lime and mint (garnish)

Method:

  1. Fill your copper mug with plenty of ice.
  2. Squeeze in the juice from ½ a lime (full lime if you like it tangy).
  3. Add vodka & ginger beer.
  4. Stir and add lime and/or mint as a garnish.
  5. Cheers!

The Mule Refresher

Different Ways to Make a Moscow MuleIt doesn’t get any more refreshing than this one…hot day, cold drink with hints of sweet blueberries.

Ingredients: 

  • 12 Blueberries
  • 8 Thinly sliced pieces of cucumber
  • 6 Mint leaves plus a whole sprig for garnish
  • 2 Handfuls of crushed ice, divided
  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 1 oz. Fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 c. Ginger beer

Method:

  1. Put the berries, the cucumber and mint in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle until you have a thick, juicy pulp.
  2. Add one handful of ice, the vodka and the lime.
  3. Shake well, for at least 30 seconds.
  4. Put a handful of ice in your copper mug.
  5. Strain your cocktail into the mug.
  6. Pour the ginger beer on top.
  7. Add remaining ice as desired.
  8. Garnish with your mint sprig.

 

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Pro tip: When dialing in the classic recipe and you want a less pronounced ginger flavor, try a lighter ginger beer from a brand like Cock & Bull or Reed’s; for stronger ginger flavor, use Fever Tree or Q Ginger Beer brands. However, many of these twists call for adding in fruits and other ingredients. In our experiments, we’ve found some fruits can override the ginger flavor so if you’re muddling it in, it probably makes sense to use the lighter ginger beer and save the stronger, more gingery stuff for the classic Moscow Mule recipe.

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Apple Jack Mule

Different Ways to Make a Moscow MuleThis fall, skip the boring spiked cider and try this new twist on the Moscow Mule. It’s perfect for sipping when the weather turns chilly.    

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Vodka (ginger-infused vodka preferably)
  • 2 oz. Apple cider
  • 1 Lime wedge
  • 2 Handfuls of crushed ice, divided
  • Ground Cinnamon + a Cinnamon stick
  • Ginger beer
  • Apple slice

Method:

  1. Pour the vodka and cider into your copper mug.
  2. Squeeze in the lime juice until well juiced.
  3. Add the ice.
  4. Shake a little cinnamon onto the ice to taste.
  5. Pour in ginger beer all the way to the top.
  6. Add remaining ice as desired.
  7. Drop in your cinnamon stick and apple slice as a garnish.

 

Summer Melon Mule

Different Ways to Make a Moscow MuleYou might have to wait until the summertime (when watermelons are in season) but you’ll be the talk of your next 4th of July BBQ when you fire up this tasty twist.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups fresh watermelon, seeds removed
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. ginger liqueur
  • Juice of one small lime
  • 2 Handfuls of crushed ice, divided
  • Ginger beer
  • Lime circle

Method:

  1. Put the watermelon into the blender and puree.
  2. Strain the watermelon, retaining the juice (do this in advance if you’re making mules for a party).
  3. Pour the watermelon juice, vodka, ginger liqueur and lime juice into a cocktail shaker with one handful of ice.
  4. Shake well…for at least 30 seconds.
  5. Add remaining ice to the copper mug and strain your cocktail over the top.
  6. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge.

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Pro tipAs you’re seeing, there are lots different ways to make a Moscow Mules but as with any recipe, the better ingredients used for a recipe, the better it’ll turn out. If you use inexpensive vodka or ginger ale (not ginger beer), it may taste OK and “get the job done” but it won’t taste as good as it would’ve if you used a more premium vodka and ginger beer (Fever Tree & Q Ginger Beer are tops in our humble opinions). The old saying “you get out of it what you put into it” definitely applies here.

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Mandarin Mule

Different Ways to Make a Moscow MuleMove over Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s…here’s your new brunch cocktail. Once you taste this delicious mule, you’ll be hooked.

Ingredients:   

  • Handful of crushed ice
  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 2 oz. Pulp free OJ
  • 1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 c. Ginger beer
  • 1 Orange slice
  • 1 Mint sprig

Method:

  1. Put the ice into your copper mug.
  2. Add the liquid ingredients.
  3. Stir with a plastic stirrer to blend.
  4. Drop in the orange and mint as a garnish.
  5. Drink up!                   

Tijuana Mule

Different Ways to Make a Moscow MuleTake a break from the margaritas for Cinco de Mayo and make this mule variation instead. It’s sure to have everyone at the party saying, “Mas por favor!”

Ingredients:

  • Rim salt
  • 1-1/2 oz. quality tequila
  • Lime wedge
  • Bottle of ginger beer

Method:

  1. Wet the rim of your copper mug and rub it in a dish of salt to coat its edge.
  2. Pour the tequila right into your copper mug.
  3. Squeeze in the lime juice until well juiced.
  4. Pour the ginger beer in until your mug is a little more than three quarters of the way full.
  5. Stir…and “Salud!!”

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Pro tipLike your Moscow Mules cocktails with stronger lime “tang”? Rather than 1/4 or 1/2 lime, use an entire one instead.

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Blue Mule

Different Ways to Make a Moscow MuleDoes a mule turn blue if he gets cold? Ponder the answer to that question while you sip on this delectable blueberry flavored mule after a meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. Fresh blueberries + plus 3-4 extra for garnish
  • 1/4 c. Water
  • 1 T. Sugar
  • Handful of crushed ice
  • 1 c. Ginger beer
  • 1 oz. Vodka (ginger-infused preferably)
  • Juice of one lime + a slice for garnish

Method:

  1. Put the berries, water & sugar in a saucepan (medium-high heat) & boil for 5 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes until it’s a syrupy consistency.
  3. Strain & let it cool completely (or refrigerate & use the following day).
  4. Load up your copper mug with ice.
  5. Pour in the ginger beer, vodka and lime juice & stir to combine.
  6. Top off with the blueberry syrup.
  7. Drop in your lime slice and trio of berries to garnish.

The Pirating Mule

Different Ways to Make a Moscow MuleOf all of the different ways to make a Moscow Mule, this is one of my personal favorites. Why? We like rum…a lot…and this twist on the classic mule is made with a pirate’s favorite spirit. You’ll dig this one folks…if you’re getting’ all technical on us, fine, call it a Dark and Stormy. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. light rum (dark rum is fine too)
  • A quarter of a Lime (if you like it a little more acidic, go for a half or whole lime)
  • Lime wedge
  • Quality ginger beer

Method:

  1. Pour rum right into your copper mug over lots of ice.
  2. Squeeze in lime juice until well juiced.
  3. Pour in the ginger beer until your mug is a little more than 3/4 of the way full.
  4. Stir then drop in the lime as a garnish.
  5. Bottoms up!

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Pro tipTo kick things up a notch, ensure the key recipe components are well chilled. For example: use cold ginger beer plus put your spirit of choice and Moscow Mule copper mugs in the freezer for a couple of hours prior to fun time.

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Cranberry Mule

Different ways to make a Moscow MuleThis Thanksgiving give everyone an extra reason to be thankful by whipping up some of these delicious twists on the classic mule. The cranberry makes it the perfect sipper for before or after a turkey day meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Cranberry vodka
  • 1-1/2 oz. Cranberry juice
  • 1/2 t. Sugar
  • Handful of crushed ice
  • Ginger beer
  • 3 or 4 Fresh whole cranberries
  • Ice

Method:

  1. Put vodka, juice and sugar into copper mug.
  2. Swirl until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add ice and swirl again to coat.
  4. Add ginger beer and float your cranberries as a garnish.
  5. Enjoy!

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As you can see, with a core ingredient group of ginger beer, limes and ice, there are lots of different ways to make a Moscow Mule (and cocktails in general). We’ve experimented and spun up somewhere close to a hundred variations of the classic drink and you can go a ton of different ways but we encourage everybody to get creative. If you have an amazing Mule recipe, contact us…we’ll do some “R&D” (which can be pretty fun) and if its worthy, we’ll add it to our collection here.

 

Different ways to make a Moscow Mule