The Moscow Mule has recently seen a surge in popularity, although its origin dates back to the 1940s. John Martin, who purchased the Smirnoff brand of vodka in 1939, went to California to visit an old friend who was the owner of the Cock’n’Bull. The Cock’n’Bull bar in Los Angeles is where the drink was first created. The two friends were trying to find a way to get Americans to experiment with ginger beer. Martin, with his new vodka brand, and Jack Morgan, with his Cock’n’Bull ginger beer, combined the two and the Moscow Mule was born.
Many people didn’t know that Morgan’s girlfriend at the time also played a major role. She had inherited a copper factory from her family and was having trouble selling the products. Martin and Morgan found that the copper mugs were perfect for making their Moscow Mules, so they started to market the drink across the US.
Find your mug
In order to make a classic Moscow Mule, it must be served in a copper mug. There are a number of different sizes and shapes of mugs, but the classic mule mug is short, made of 100% copper and has a copper handle. These copper mugs are great for keeping your Moscow Mule cold.
The Original Recipe
The original Moscow Mule Recipe calls for 1.5 ounces of vodka, 4 ounces of ginger beer, 0.5 ounce of lime juice, ice, and a spring of mint and lime slice for garnish. Mix the vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice together then pour over ice. Top it off with a nice garnish for extra flair. There are a number of ways to make variations of the cocktail, including swapping out the vodka for tequila or gin, or even mezcal.
To make a version of the mule with tequila, just mix together 1.5 ounces of tequila (a blanco or reposado will work best), 4 ounces of ginger beer, and 0.5 ounce of lime juice. Pour the mixture over ice in your copper mug and garnish however you desire.
Like the idea of the Moscow Mule but not a vodka lover? Try swapping out the 1.5 ounces of vodka for Irish whiskey. Use all of the same ingredients for a refreshing Irish Mule.