A Real and Best Moscow Mule Recipe

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December 27, 2017 (Last Updated: April 4, 2018)
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. Go directly to recipe.

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. Pin this recipe now.

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.

The Best Moscow mule recipe

Perfect Moscow Mule recipe in a copper mug with a lime

A Real and Best Moscow Mule Recipe

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 10 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 Drink
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American


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
  • 1/2 lime, juice
  • 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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  • Reply
    December 27, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I had no idea the history of this drink. Always love the story of why and how. Now is it 5 o’clock yet?

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      December 27, 2017 at 11:37 am

      It is… somewhere, right? 🙂

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    December 27, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Well, that is a very cool piece of history! Good way to sell your products!

    • Reply
      Ben Myhre
      December 27, 2017 at 11:34 am

      An even more interesting part is that Smirnoff was struggling at the time! They were having a tough time selling Vodka in America at all, partially because of the stigma of Russia and partially because of the prevalence of whiskey.

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    December 27, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Cool story. Love Moscow Mules! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      December 27, 2017 at 11:36 am

      Thanks for reading and commenting! Cheers, Traci!

  • Reply
    December 27, 2017 at 11:50 am

    One of my favorite cocktails. Refreshing and so flavorful. Plus quite the presentation in a copper mug.

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      December 27, 2017 at 11:54 am

      That copper mug really puts a little bit of pomp and circumstance behind the drink, doesn’t it?

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    Veena Azmanov
    December 27, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    OH how fascinating to read the history of this drink. I didn’t know that — Love the copper mugs and that’s how I first got to drinking a Moscow Mule years back.

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    December 28, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Is it weird that I want to make a moscow mule JUST so I can drink it out of those sweet copper mugs?

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      December 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      Not at all… the pomp and circumstance around anything like this can help make it fun.

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    Jessica Robinson
    December 28, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Sounds like pretty interesting flavors! Will definitely be trying this recipe soon!

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    Meredith Kauffman
    December 29, 2017 at 12:12 am

    I have always wondered what goes into a Moscow Mule… sounds delicious!

  • Reply
    December 29, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Looks so refreshing and flavorful. Thank you for sharing this.

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    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    December 29, 2017 at 8:19 am

    I love how you delve into the history of classic recipes that we wouldn’t have necessarily looked into before! Moscow mules are a favorite in my house – I’ll need to try this legit version soon. Cheers!

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    December 29, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Fun story…who knew? Looks refreshing and delicious

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    Sharon Glascoe
    December 29, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    What a great recipe and a really unique story behind this popular drink. Can’t wait to try this one out asap.

  • Reply
    December 29, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Love simple, classic cocktails like this and it’s super interesting to read the history. Thanks for sharing!

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    Amanda Mason
    December 29, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I love the history of this drink and how in the world could vodka not be popular in the states!!! I love vodka and I love Moscow Mules!! I’ll have to print this recipe out to try later!

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    December 30, 2017 at 8:21 am

    HA! I had no idea about the story behind the Moscow mule. I did see this drink appearing online in the past few years but didn’t know what to make of it. Now I just need to get ginger beer and request the drink at the bar. 🙂

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    Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade
    December 30, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I’m a Tito’s and Grey Goose girl, so those are the vodkas that I use in my Moscow Mules 🙂 I’ve never been able to find the Cock N Bull ginger beer either, but I may need to search a little harder

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    Amy Nash
    January 5, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Such interesting tradition and history behind this, especially with the copper mug!

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