Cocktail Series: Moscow Mule

Gather the ginger beer and one of the most aesthetically pleasing cocktail mugs out there because it’s time to discuss the Moscow Mule! While there are multiple tales that claim the creation of this fizzy drink, they all involve a surplus of goods. And what goods are those you ask? That would be vodka, ginger beer, and mugs. In the early, 1940s John Martin acquired Smirnoff and had an incredible amount of vodka on his hands, and vodka wasn’t too popular in the United States during this time. Additionally, Jack Morgan, owner of the Cock ‘n’ Bull bar had his hands full of his own brand of ginger beer. You probably have an idea of where this story is going. One night, Martin, Morgan, and bartender Wes Price were brainstorming ways to get rid of their stock of vodka and ginger beer, and with one genius idea, the Moscow Mule was born. We know what you’re thinking: what about the iconic copper mug? Now this is where the story varies. Some say that Morgan’s girlfriend, Osalene Schmitt was the connection to a copper goods company. Yet another story goes that Sophie Berezinski immigrated to the US from Russia to sell copper mugs designed and manufactured by her father. According to this tale, Berezinski walked into the Cock ‘n’ Bull bar the very same night ideas were spinning about the cocktail that would coincidently find its home in a copper mug. Copper mugs have evolved since then with various designs that add an extra element to any bar cart; however, the ingredients have stayed the same. To make a Moscow Mule, you will need vodka, ginger beer, lime juice, and a lime wedge for garnish. Enjoy!

The Copper Can

Original Moscow Mule

Pedro Rusk

Solid drink and besides vineyards, veggies, redwoods and a drink what could be wrong with that — 5 years ago

Big City Brewing Co.

Royal Jamaican Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Wow! To date the best ginger beer that I've had. Spicy, smooth, not too sweet, and best of all it has alcohol in it! Definitely one to try if you're a fan of ginger beers or Moscow mules. — 8 years ago

Fever Tree

Ginger Beer

Moscow Mule anyone. — 8 years ago

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Q Ginger Beer


The best for Mexican Mules because it doesn’t burn — 6 years ago

Fifth Generation, Inc.

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Let the weekend begin with a blood orange Moscow mule😎😎 #titos — 7 years ago

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Sounds awesome. Do you just sub the orange for the lime? @Kimberly Anderson
Kimberly Anderson

Kimberly Anderson

Muddle 3-4 orange wheels in the vodka and about. 1/2 oz of fresh lime juice @Carl Fischer


Botanically Brewed Traditional Ginger Beer

Great for Moscow mules wish it had a bit more carbonation and little bit more ginger bite — 9 years ago


Ginger Beer

Three cheers for ginger. Ginger! Ginger! Ginger! — 6 years ago

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Oh this sounds good. We like ginger as well!


Small Batch Vodka

I love my vodkas but this one takes the cake! It has a very strong almost moonshine scent to it with a hint of minerals. To be honest sort of tastes like that too, very smooth strong but not strong tasting and the hint minerals it like a fine water. It will take your martini s to the next level. Maybe dirty or try with a hibiscus flower in syrup and a little soda water. — 8 years ago

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