A typical Moscow Mule is composed of three ingredients: Vodka, Ginger Beer, and Lime Juice. While a Moscow Mule is commonly viewed as an alcoholic beverage, of the three ingredients, Vodka is the only alcoholic drink. Ginger Beer rarely has alcohol and when it does – it barely qualifies with an alcohol content of way below 5%.
Typical Alcohol Content Of A Moscow Mule
The cocktail works because of the unique way the three ingredients compliment and play off of each other – the strength of the alcohol with the acidity of the Lime Juice and the uniqueness and sweetness of the Ginger Beer. Let’s break down the three ingredients that make the perfect Moscow Mule:
You’re probably no stranger to Vodka. Close to pure alcohol, Vodka has a strong taste, which is why so many like to mix it with sweeter beverages such as Pomegranate or Cranberry Juice at bars.
Because Vodka is so similar to Gin, you can substitute Gin to give your Moscow Mule a more refined, English taste. How strong your Moscow Mule turns out depends on the amount of Vodka/Gin added and the volume of mixers added
More common in the UK and Australia than the US, Ginger Beer is a type of root beer often home brewed in people’s homes. The carbonated drink is sweetened with fresh ginger root and sugar with a little Lime or Lemon Juice added for extra zest.
As you probably know from your time in kitchen, Ginger can be both subtle or strong ingredient and your Moscow Mule drink will either be sweet or will have a strong kick depending on which brand of Ginger Beer you use.
Here are some recommended brands:
- Crabbie’s Ginger Beer
- Jamaica’s Finest Ginger Beer
- Fever Tree Ginger Beer
Juice from this citrus fruit is very versatile and can be used to lower the glycemic index of food or to lighten hair. It can also be used as a delicious addition to any alcoholic drink. Extra tip: roll the limes out on a flat surface before you cut them to get more juice out of them.
How Many Until You’re Tipsy?
Well, there’s no exact answer to that question. The original Moscow Mule recipe calls for two ounces of Vodka. If you drink three of these Moscow Mules, you’ll have consumed four shots of Vodka. Unless you’re an alcoholic, you should start feeling a little tipsy after 2-4 Moscow Mules.
The Beginner’s Recipe
If you are new to making Moscow Mules, start with this tried-and-tested recipe and get comfortable before you begin experimenting:
- 1 part Vodka
- 4 parts Ginger Beer
- A splash of Lime Juice
Mix these together and serve in a copper mug for best results. Once you have this down pat, you can try different types of Ginger Beer, substituting Gin for Vodka, etc.
For more information on the original Moscow Mule recipe, click here.