The Story Behind The Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule was first introduced to the world in Manhattan in 1941. As the story goes, a bartender had mistakenly ordered too much ginger beer, and invented this drink to unload excess stock. It had the added benefit of featuring vodka, a spirit that wasn’t yet super mainstream. There is some debate around exactly who came up with this new classic, but most can agree that it’s hard to find a more refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail on a warm day.


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • Juice of half a lime


  1. Add vodka and ginger beer to a copper mug (or highball glass).
  2. Fill with ice and stir briefly.
  3. Squeeze lime juice over the top and add wedges for garnish.

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The Moscow Mule Recipe