Moscow Mule Recipe

Ginger beer, vodka, and lime: This classic cocktail is crisp, refreshing, and has almost universal appeal.

Vicky Wasik

Vodka may be the most prominent single spirit on the back bar today, but in the 1940s, it was a very different situation.

The story goes that in 1941, in an effort to market the then-exotic Russian spirit, executives from Heublein—then owners of Smirnoff vodka—collaborated with the owner of the Cock 'n Bull Tavern in Hollywood to create this simple, memorable drink composed of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, served over ice in a copper mug. Wildly popular among the movie crowd in Los Angeles, the Moscow Mule caught on elsewhere and for a brief while was one of the most popular drinks of the era.

Though its moment in the spotlight may have been short, the Moscow Mule had one lingering effect: it introduced countless drinkers to the vodka experience, and set a series of changes in motion that, several decades later, would take the spirit to the top of the sales charts.

As I wrote on Wednesday, I'm not really much of a vodka drinker, but I make the occasional exception for the Moscow Mule. Crisp and refreshing, and cooling on a warm summer evening, the Moscow Mule is a vodka drink that can appeal to vodkaphobes, and one of the few classic cocktails that can satisfy vodka drinkers who'll touch nothing but.

Recipe Facts



Active: 1 min
Total: 1 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 1/2 a lime

  • 2 ounces vodka

  • 4 to 6 ounces chilled ginger beer


  1. Squeeze lime into a Collins glass (or copper mug, if you've got one) and drop in the spent lime shell. Fill glass with ice and add vodka; top with chilled ginger beer to taste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
202 Calories
0g Fat
20g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 202
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 14mg 68%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 55mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)