Moscow Mule sometimes called a “vodka buck” comprises vodka, spicy ginger beer, and fresh lime juice, garnished with lime and served n a copper mug, which keeps the drink well chilled (if you don’t have a copper mug, don’t worry, you can use a highball glass). No bar tools required, and only 3 ingredients, so it’s pretty easy to make.

Quality vodka will be perfect for this drink, but more important – quality ginger beer to compliment the lime and vodka. A brilliant and refreshing cocktail, and always an excellent choice on a hot summer day.

The Moscow Mule was born in Manhattan, New York in 1941, and there are 2 people responsible for that. One is John Martin, who wanted to sell Smirnoff vodka, which was a fairly new and unpopular spirit. The other one was Jack Morgan, who had a bit too much ginger beer that was taking up space in his pub, “Cock ‘n’ Bull”, so they combined the ingredients with some lime and that turned out to be a great idea. The only thing we’re not sure about is where the copper mug came from. Maybe there was a 3rd party involved… no one knows for sure. 🙂

On the list of IBA Official Cocktails.


The ingredients in Moscow Mule cocktails are acidic, and the resulting beverage has a pH well below 6.0. This creates a problem when using traditional copper mugs, as copper can start dissolving into acidic solutions. Copper in solution is toxic at concentrations above 1 mg/L.



  1. 2 Ounces (60 ml) of vodka.
  2. ½ Ounce (15 ml) of fresh lime juice.
  3. Ginger beer.
  4. Lime wedge or a lime wheel for garnish.


  1. Fill a copper mug or a highball glass with ice.
  2. Add vodka, lime juice, and top up with ginger beer.
  3. Garnish and enjoy.

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