Most love the original Moscow Mule recipe. Cocktail traditionalist often cringe when hearing about a new Moscow Mule recipe. As the new recipe on the block gets sipped and swindled, Moscow Mule enthusiasts stick to what has worked for decades – the traditional ingredients found inside that copper drinking mug in his or her hand.
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So you Want to Make a Moscow Mule?
Even if you’re not a cocktail snob, you may want to know how to make a Moscow Mule. The good news is the original Moscow Mules recipe is quite simple, and even newbie to craft cocktails can get it right. You’ll only need four things. The ingredients are standard and no one will argue about the traditional mule recipe:
- Copper Moscow Mule Mug(s)
- 2 Oz. Vodka (preferably Smirnoff to honor the creator)
- 6 Oz. Ginger Beer (not ginger ale)
- 1/4 Oz. Lime Juice (about two lime wedges squeezed)
How to Make a Moscow Mule
Once you have the copper Moscow Mule mug and the ingredients gathered, you can make a Moscow Mule. Start by squeezing two lime wedges into the bottom of your copper cup. Swirl the lime juice around a bit and then drop in the squeezed wedges. Next, you’ll want to drop two to four ice cubes into the cup. You won’t need any more ice than that because the copper cup will keep the drink crisp and cool.
The ice is followed by pouring two ounces of vodka in. Next, you’ll fill the cup up with ginger beer. Try to stick to around six ounces of ginger beer (a little more won’t hurt). Stir with a stirring rod and serve, or down that perfect original Moscow Mule yourself!
- Some of you may be mixing a Moscow Mule in a large copper pitcher. You may be curious about the ingredients to use when doing so. The original Moscow Mule recipe calls for 3 parts ginger beer for every 1 part vodka. This means in a 32-ounce copper pitcher – you’ll want 18 ounces of ginger beer and 6 ounces of vodka (and about 8 lime wedges). I hope this makes sense.
- Each one of us has different taste buds. While the above is the original Moscow Mule recipe – feel free to tweak and twist the ingredients in your Moscow Mule to your preferences.
- While the ingredients may be the same, you’re not drinking a Moscow Mule unless you’re drinking from a copper cup. Sorry, but this is non-negotiable.
- Some individuals enjoy adding some fresh ginger to their Moscow mule. This is a great tweak to the original mule recipe.
- And I wish I didn’t have to say it again, but ginger beer is not ginger ale! Ginger ale is not an ingredient in a Moscow Mule.
It’s Time to Bottoms Up
Once you’ve crafted the perfect cocktail from the original Moscow Mule recipe, there is one final step – drink that delicious concoction. Enjoy!