Easy, Three-Ingredient Moscow Mule Recipe

Learn how to make the Moscow Mule cocktail at home. Jump to the Easy Moscow Mule recipe or watch our quick recipe video showing you how to make it.

Not too long ago, some may have said the Moscow Mule was making it’s way onto the “endangered species list” of cocktails. Lately though, we’ve seen it in most bars we’ve been in. Since we’re seeing a resurgence of love, we thought it would be good idea to share it with you!

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How to Make the Moscow Mule at Home

If you’re asking yourself “what is a Moscow Mule?” It’s a simple cocktail with just three ingredients: vodka, ginger beer, and lime. It’s ridiculously refreshing and very easy to make at home for yourself.

Homemade Moscow Mule Recipe

The idea behind the drink began as a partnership between friends — one made vodka, the other ginger beer.

Even though this is a vodka-based cocktail, the drink relies heavily on the ginger beer. Choose something you like — we like it spicy and extra gingery, not sweet. We’ve fallen in love with Fever Tree’s ginger beer, but Cock’n Bull, Gosling’s and D&G are also good ones to try.

Ginger beer and ginger ale are very different. Ginger ale just won’t cut it, here. Ginger beer is much more “gingery” and spicy than ginger ale. Read more about the difference of ginger ale verses ginger beer from The Kitchn. By the way, another popular cocktail that calls for ginger beer is the Dark and Stormy.

One more note: While we simply serve it in a tall glass, it’s pretty common to see it served in a seriously cold copper mug. It would be pretty fun to add a few to your home. We found these Mule-worthy copper mugs if you’re interested!

Easy Moscow Mule Recipe

Easy Spin-Offs

There are quite a few spin-offs — try a Kentucky Mule, which switches the vodka for bourbon. Or, experiment with adding extra flavors. The drink is pretty perfect anytime of year, which lets you have fun with whatever is in season. Some of our favorites are to use peach, for a peach-ginger mule or apples for a fall-based cocktail.

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Recipe updated, originally posted December 2015. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Easy, Three-Ingredient Moscow Mule Recipe

  • PREP

The Moscow Mule is a classic and only requires 3 ingredients. It’s easy to make and is perfect all-year-round.

Makes 1 drink

You Will Need

Half of a lime

2 ounces vodka

4 ounces cold ginger beer



    Squeeze lime into a tall glass (or copper mug) then drop the lime half into the bottom of the glass. Fill glass with ice then pour in the vodka and ginger beer.How to Make a Moscow Mule

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Ginger Beer: After trying a few of the more popular ginger beers available, we’ve really fallen in love with the ginger beer from Fever Tree. It’s pretty spicy and not too sweet, making it perfect for the Moscow Mule. Other brands to try are Cock’n Bull, Gosling’s and D&G.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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3 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Zapnear December 14, 2016, 12:17 pm

    I love the sound of the ginger beer and lime, that sounds gorgeous, but I don’t like Vodka. Ever tried this with Gin?

    • Joanne December 14, 2016, 2:21 pm

      Hi there, Gin would definitely work in this. The spiciness of the ginger beer should play well with a dry gin.

  • Carol March 14, 2015, 1:33 pm

    I’m happy to see that you have the correct recipe; so many of them now replace the ginger beer with ginger ale, which is just wrong! In fact, a proper Moscow Mule was served in a copper mug (still is at my house). Keeps the drink lovely and cold!


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