Do you remember mojitos?? How when you would go to a bar and order one the bartender would give you the stink face because of the work involved? It was enough to make me find a new drink. A friend of mine made me a Moscow Mule and I was sold. It is totally not the same as a mojito but there is mint and they do not cause anyone to want to spit in your cocktail. This is the original, the Best Moscow Mule Recipe for you to make at home. I only share things I love and think you will too. This post contains affiliate links, which means if you purchase something through one of these links, I am compensated.
This super simple Mule recipe needs only a few ingredients which I love. And it’s one of those cocktails that non-cocktail people even enjoy. This is my go-to drink on the Fourth of July (traditions are weird) and my mom drinks them with me. She’s a White Zin kind of gal but this is great for her because of the fresh lime and mint. The ginger beer is the most prominent flavor (unless you go hard with the vodka) and it’s super refreshing.
How to Make the Best Moscow Mule Recipe
The Moscow Mule ingredients are easy to find at any store. There are tons of varieties of ginger beer although I think Reed’s is my fave (Trader Joe’s has a good price for it). I always keep ginger beer on hand since it’s such a great cocktail mixer. One ingredient is missing from this photo though. Bitters! You don’t need bitters for this recipe to be drinkable, but the bitters really does help round out the flavors. Bitters are totally underrated. Have you ever had Bitters and soda??
There are tons of variations on this classic cocktail. Once you know how to make this recipe, the possibilities are endless! To make the original Moscow Mule recipe, you start with vodka and pour over ice.
Use fresh lime juice if at all possible. It really brightens the flavors! But if you have a nice big bar situation you may have some Rose’s lime juice lying around. You can totally use that in a pinch. Shoot, you could even use lemon if you had to. Just don’t make a habit of it.
Add the ginger beer. This is really to taste as everyone likes there drinks a bit different. That’s one of the reason’s why this mule drink is so great for get-togethers (I mean, it even makes a great party theme – check out this fun Mules and Jewels party!). You can just set out the ingredients, the basic recipe and let people make them to their liking. I tend to go a little heavier on the ginger beer on Fourth of July. I do not need to get hammered and have my kids see me end up with a lampshade on my head. It’s not a good look (anymore).
To make the best Moscow Mule recipe you would finish with a few dashes of bitters. And the fresh mint. Unlike a mojito, the mint doesn’t do much to flavor the Moscow Mule. But the smell is intoxicating! Before adding the mint to the drink (and I like to go heavy with the mint because I love the smell so much!) clap the sprig between your hands twice. This helps to release the oils and make it smell even more!
Of course, you can serve a mule in any type of cup. But I do suggest picking up several of these copper mugs. They are SO much fun to drink out of (they get super cold and may freeze your hands off if you hold them like my friend in the photo – but it’s totally worth it!). These mugs make people happy. They literally light up.
Are you a fan of the original, classic Moscow Mule? They really do make the perfect cocktail. Men and women enjoy them equally, they are easy to make and they look super cute in a copper mug. What more could you want!?
Printable Moscow Mule Recipe
The Best Moscow Mule Recipe
This is the best recipe for the original Moscow Mule cocktail. It's so easy to make and super refreshing!
- 2 oz. Vodka
- 4 oz. ginger beer I love Reed's!
- Juice of 1 lime
- Few dashes of Orange Bitters regular is fine too
- Few sprigs of fresh mint
Fill a cup with ice.
Squeeze a whole lime into the cup.
Add the vodka, ginger beer and orange bitters.
Give it a good stir.
Slap a sprig of mint in your palm (to release some of the oils) and put it in your drink.
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