Moscow Mule

per drink
12 oz cold ginger beer
2-3 oz ice cold vodka
juice of 1/2 lime

Squeeze a lime into the bottom of a high ball glass. Pour in the vodka, when pour in the ginger beer. Serve immediately.

My thoughts:

Ginger beer was on sale this week and I couldn’t resist picking some up. While the nonalcoholic drink is wonderfully spicy and delicious on its own, it also makes a great mixer. The Moscow Mule is a fun 1950s era cocktail that is credited with popularizing vodka in the United States. It is generally served in a slightly smaller glass (and some times a 5 oz copper cup!) with a closer ginger beer to vodka ratio, but this version is a more casually sippable drink, perfect for a backyard party or Summer dinner. It also makes a great addition to the From Retro With Love round up Laura is hosting.


  1. This sounds very interesting! After 10 days of dog sitting..I would be happy to have quite a few! 🙂

  2. Sounds good! I will definitely try this one. My husband loves “Dark and Stormies” which are made with Ginger Beer and Rum. He especially loves them since the bar near our house sells them 1/2 price whenever it rains! I don’t really care for rum but I’ll try the “Moscow Mule” 🙂

  3. Brooke - Little Miss Moi

    Dear rachel. Ohhh now there’s a way to use the vodka that I just purchased. And to keep using the masses of elcheapo vodka that’s on sale where I live! (there’s a whole aisle dedicated solely to vodka in the supermarket. I kid not).

  4. wellunderstood

    we are having a small party next weekend, and i think this might just be our “feature” drink. looks refreshing and summery!

  5. looks good

  6. I have never tried ginger beer but would love to try this out. I am not a big fan of liquor but I enjoy a good vodka every now and then. I am definitely trying this out.


  7. I am passing this along to some friends who have visited Russia- it is a switch from the freezer chilled vodka!

  8. This is visiting our kitchen table this weekend! Cheers!

  9. This is my favorite drink. The copper cups make all the difference in the world – try them. Also, we have found the best ginger beer is Stewarts even though it’s hard to find!

  10. I’ll have to try this, I’ve loved ginger beer since I was a child.

  11. These are really popular in Japan…in fact, I had never heard of them until I lived there, and couldn’t figure out if “mosuko muru” was one of those weird words made up in Japanese, or an actual word from English!

  12. Great drink, Rachel! Thank you for including it in the RRC! (The round-up is now posted, by the way.)

  13. supposed to be served in a copper mug

  14. Anon,
    That may be traditional, but I don’t know anyone who owns a copper mug. It seems sort of silly to insist that people find an esoteric vessel just to enjoy a drink! I like to make my recipes accessible to as many people as possible.

    I also mentioned the fact about the copper cup in the “my thoughts” section if you read that. Generally it is served in more of a cup than an actual mug.