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The Moscow Mule Cocktail is a classic for a reason. In this Moscow Mule Recipe, you are going to find a whole bunch of flavor and discover the real roots of the classic drink.

Perfect Moscow Mule recipe in a copper mug with a lime.

Here we are in the middle of our deep dive of the Moscow Mule. We have looked at the history of the cocktail and examined the individual ingredients. Now, all we have to do is execute on what I feel is the best Moscow Mule recipe we can make. So today, we are going to create an accurate and the best Moscow Mule recipe that we can.

History of the Moscow Mule and the Classic Cocktail

If you have been following along or have checked out any of the links to the previous post, you know where this is going. The Moscow Mule was an invention of brands. The head of Smirnoff Vodka, the creator of Cock ‘n Bull Ginger Beer, and an owner of a copper mine sat down at a table in 1940 to try and find a way to sell their products. At that time, neither vodka or ginger beer were popular drinks in America. The Moscow Mule was invented at that table.

Moscow Mule recipe and second shot of an excellent cocktail.

So, due to the marketing prowess of these two companies, the Moscow Mule was born. I can’t think of any other ingredients or recipe to use that the exact recipe that the inventor used. Here is a quote from the former CEO of Smirnoff and the inventor of the Moscow Mule:

“And so with Kunett, one evening, Morgan, Ozaline Schmidt, and I met at the bar of the Cock ‘n Bull restaurant and tried to think up a drink for Smirnoff Vodka with ginger beer. We finally came up with the name ‘Moscow Mule.’ Just how it originated, I don’t know, but I imagine it had to do with a kick. The Moscow Mule eventually developed to be a 2 oz drink of Smirnoff Vodka, put in a copper mug made by Ozaline. Then, mixed with ginger beer from Morgan’s Cock ‘n Bull ginger beer bottle and a squeeze of lime.”

vodka being prepped to be poured into a copper mug.

There it is. An accurate Moscow Mule recipe straight from the inventor of the cocktail. Read on for the recipe form.

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Perfect Moscow Mule recipe in a copper mug with a lime

A Real and Best Moscow Mule Recipe

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  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 10 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 Drink 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American
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You might be surprised to learn that you might not be drinking an authentic Moscow Mule. Check this recipe out to get the cocktail ingredients straight from the inventors of the drink!


  • 1 Copper Mug
  • Ice
  • 2 Ounces Smirnoff Vodka
  • 1 Bottle of Cock ‘n Bull ginger beer
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • Lime slice, garnish


  1. Add ice to copper mug
  2. Add vodka to mug
  3. Fill mug with ginger beer
  4. Squeeze ½ lime into drink
  5. Stir
  6. Garnish with lime slice

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  1. That history is wild. I’ve been wanting to try a Mosco Mule ever since I saw one made on the show Better Call Saul. (It’s Saul Goodman and his girlfriend’s drink of choice when they are celebrating.) Thanks for posting the recipe!

  2. I love learning about the history of food and drink. I had no idea about the Moscow Mule’s history. Fascinating! And, now I want to make a Moscow Mule and sit down and read through more of your posts and learn more fun facts!

    1. That is awesome! Thank you for reading Steff. I have a bunch of recipes, but also always add some history and tag them as such. Here is my list of history posts.

  3. Truly appreciate the way you made this wonderful mule recipe. Looking forward for more such interesting recipes in future too/