Moscow Mule Recipe

The Moscow Mule started as a way to sell vodka, specifically Smirnoff, and ginger beer, specifically Cockn’ Bull. In 1941, John G. Martin worked for a company who recently acquired the Smirnoff brand, which is originally from Moscow, Russia. “Jack” Morgan was the President of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products, who produced ginger beer. These two guys met up in Los Angeles, put their heads together, and came up with the classic Moscow Mule.

Today there are multiple variations but one thing stands true: it always includes vodka and ginger beer.

So why a copper mug? Martin went from bar to bar with his Polaroid taking snapshots of bartenders posing with a bottle of Smirnoff and a copper mug. He would leave one picture with the bartender to display in his bar and would take one with him to put in his traveling photo album to show other bartenders. Today the mug is synonymous with the Moscow Mule.

Although the drink was traditionally made with Smirnoff Vodka, we chose to use Tito’s since it is from Texas and our home office is in Texas.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup (or 2 oz.) of vodka of your choice
  • 1 tbsp (1/2 a lime) of fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup ( 4 to 6 oz.) of chilled ginger beer
  • 1 lime wedge, for garnish
  • mint leaves, for garnish
  • Moscow Mule Mug

1. Squeeze the fresh lime around the inside of the mug and drop it in.

2. Add a few ice cubes and throw in some torn mint leaves.

3. Pour in the vodka and ginger beer. Stir it up.

4. Garnish with a lime wedge.

If you don’t like ice in your drink, you can always use a shaker first. The stainless steel mug keeps it extra cold and insulated.

Get sippn’ here and impress all of your friends with this simple yet classic drink.

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