There are hot weather cocktails, cold weather cocktails, and Moscow Mules. No matter where you’re at in the world or what the temperature is, a Moscow Mule is appropriate. Too hot? A cold mug filled with ice, vodka, ginger beer, and lime will chill you out. Too cold? Get in the Russian spirit, make sure the ginger beer is extra spicy, and let the vodka do the warming for you. Is the temperature just right? Then it’s just right for a Moscow Mule.

As if that weren’t reason enough, March 3 is National Moscow Mule Day. Three ingredients in a Moscow Mule, March 3 is 3/3, get the gist? It’s also, despite the name, an American cocktail. It was invented by the crafty American owner of Smirnoff at the bar Cock N’ Bull as a marketing ploy to sell more vodka. Crafty has never been so tasty. So grab a copper mule mug (or buy one here), get some crushed ice, and turn that day into a full-on weekend theme.

Moscow Mule

What You’ll Need

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  • 1.75 ounces American vodka
  • .75 ounce lime juice
  • Ginger beer
  • Lime wedge or wheel for a garnish
  • Crushed ice


Fill a Moscow Mule mug halfway with crushed ice. Add vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer. Top with more ice and garnish with lime.