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.
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.
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.”
There it is. An accurate Moscow Mule recipe straight from the inventor of the cocktail. Read on for the recipe form.Print
A Real and Best Moscow Mule Recipe
- Prep Time: 5 Minutes
- Cook Time: 5 Minutes
- Total Time: 10 Minutes
- Yield: 1 Drink 1x
- 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
- 2 Ounces Smirnoff Vodka
- 1 Bottle of Cock ‘n Bull ginger beer
- ½ lime, juiced
- Lime slice, garnish
- Add ice to copper mug
- Add vodka to mug
- Fill mug with ginger beer
- Squeeze ½ lime into drink
- Garnish with lime slice
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Fun story...who knew? Looks refreshing and delicious
What a great recipe and a really unique story behind this popular drink. Can't wait to try this one out asap.
Love simple, classic cocktails like this and it's super interesting to read the history. Thanks for sharing!
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!
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. 🙂
Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade
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
Such interesting tradition and history behind this, especially with the copper mug!
Definitely need to try this "real" version soon. Quick, easy to make and delicious.
Sara | Belly Rumbles
A classic recipe for sure. I had no idea how or why it was created, loved that little bit of cocktail history.