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A Quick and Easy Moscow Mule Recipe

Feb 2017

In case you haven’t had one, you’re missing out on a piece of American history by not having tried a Moscow mule. This classic cocktail, first concocted over 75 years ago, is a crisp, refreshing, fizzy libation that is traditionally served in a copper mug. Some experts say that the copper mug enhances the flavor and aroma of the Moscow Mule and other drinks. It is thought that, when the vodka touches the copper wall, the copper begins to oxidize enhancing both the taste and the aroma of the drink. That’s why we’ve made our copper mugs with pure, solid copper walls – and no lining. But arguably, we think the best excuse for using a copper mug is for the experience.

When it comes to parties, presentation is key. In 1941, when the Moscow Mule was beginning to become popular in the U.S., the originators had copper mugs specifically designed for the drink. They even traveled the country photographing bartenders holding the classic cocktail in a copper mug to prove the popularity of the drink. From the West coast, where it originated, to the entire country today, it’s the classic look for a classic American cocktail. Plus, it looks great next to your copper kitchen sink or copper bar sink.

A Moscow mule is made with vodka, ginger beer, and lime – and sometimes bitters. When perfectly balanced, the Moscow mule is fizzy, sweet, tangy, and has hints of spice. The drink itself is a type of cocktail called a “buck.” Some speculate this is where the name comes from: vodka hailed from Russia and the drink (a buck) gave you a kick – so the name “Moscow Mule” was given.

Because Sinkology copper mugs are solid copper, they provide the ideal chill needed to keep your cocktail cool. The conductive nature of copper will help to keep your ice from diluting your cocktail and will hit your lips with a cool chill every time you take a sip. Be sure to hold the drink by the polished copper mug’s handle that doesn’t transfer body heat so that your Moscow Mule won’t prematurely warm. The cold temperature also helps to maintain the carbonation of ginger beer, ales, and other carbonated beverages, keeping supreme fizziness from first sip to last. It’s the perfect vessel for the Moscow mule, and it comes in two shapes.

But their solid copper construction isn’t the only reason to choose Sinkology copper mugs. They are also bigger than most Moscow mule mugs – weighing in at nearly a pound each, these mammoth mugs hold either 20 or 22 oz. of delicious cocktail, depending on which shape you choose. With a price you’ll be pressed to beat, a Moscow mule will taste much better from a Sinkology copper mug. 

It’s a super simple drink to mix up. Give it a shot.

Moscow Mule Cocktail
The perfect chilled any-time cocktail.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
  1. 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
  2. 1/2 oz. Lime Juice
  3. 1/2 c. Ginger Beer
  4. 1 Lime Wedge (for garnish)
  5. Crushed Ice
  1. Combine room-temperature vodka (this will allow for water melt dilution) and lime juice in a shaker half full of ice. Shake.
  2. Strain vodka and lime juice into a chilled copper mug with the crushed ice.
  3. Float the ginger beer on top of the vodka and lime. Do not stir.
  4. Add lime wedge for garnish. As an optional step, feel free to add 3-4 dashes of angostura bitters on top after floating the ginger beer.
  5. Serve cold.

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