Discover the secret ingredients to the Best Moscow Mule you’ve ever tasted! Developed by a bartender friend in Minnesota, this mule is miles ahead the rest of the pack and perfect for your next happy hour.

The best Moscow mule in two copper mugs with copper straws.

The recipe for this cocktail comes straight from Moscow, with a short pitstop in Minnesota. It was developed by Josh, a close friend of mine, who sought to replicate a Moscow Mule that his wife ordered at a bar in Minneapolis. Josh regretted not ordering one for himself, and perhaps that’s what fueled his quest to make it at home. I know Jess thinks so. :)

Recipe ingredients:

Labeled Moscow mule ingredients.

Ingredient notes:

  • Ginger beer: Reed’s Extra Ginger Beer is the gold standard. It can be found at well stocked specialty stores, Trader Joe’s, or online. However, if you have your own favorite ginger beer, feel free to use that.
  • Angostura Orange Bitters: Crucial ingredient! Look for the orange bitters, not the standard aromatic bitters.
  • Powdered sugar: Powdered sugar dissolves easily in the drink and makes things just a touch sweeter. Leave it out if you prefer, but it does make a difference.
  • Crystalized ginger: Candied ginger, especially the kind sold by the bag at Trader Joe’s, makes a spicy-sweet garnish you’ll love. Use a lime wedge or fresh mint sprig if you don’t have it (or even if you do!).

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Find a large cocktail shaker and fill it halfway with ice. Pour in the vodka, ginger beer, soda, lime juice, and the orange bitters into the shaker.Liquor being poured into a martini shaker.
  2. Then, ever so gently, stir in the powdered sugar. Stir, don’t shake, so that you don’t burst those bubbles. Strain the drink into the ice-filled copper mugs, and garnish with a slice of candied ginger and a wedge of lime. Cheers!

Recipe tips and variations:

  • Why the copper mug: Enjoying chilled drinks in copper cups offer a super-cool sensation because the metal takes on the cold temperature of the drink quicker than glass. That frozen sensation feels good on your lips! Also, icy cold copper can increase the amount of bubbles in the carbonated ginger beer, making things extra fizzy. Here are the copper mugs shown in the photos (Culinary Hill may earn money if you buy through this link).
  • Shopping for copper barware: Don’t worry about a Moscow Mule mug poisoning you. Most copper cups on the market are lined with steel or nickel, so the acidity of the drink won’t interact with the metal and leach into your lovely cocktail. Some vintage mugs are even made out of anodized aluminum. When shopping, look for sturdy mugs that are lined and food safe. There are lots of good options out there, even gorgeous hammered copper ones.
  • Virgin mule: Skip the vodka and make this drink as-is for the non-imbiber in your life; they’ll love it.
  • Make ahead: This cocktail should be “built” in the glass, exactly when you need it. Otherwise, the fizz will fade and the drink will lose its magic. But you can squeeze the limes and have everything chilled and ready to go beforehand and things will go smoothly.
  • No mug: If you don’t have a copper mug, just serve the drink in a glass; it will still be amazing. This particular recipe looks better in a glass because you can admire the layers of the drink.

Two Moscow mules in clear glasses next to a cocktail shaker.

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The best Moscow mule in a copper mug with a lime.

The Best Moscow Mule

Discover the secret ingredients to the Best Moscow Mule you’ve ever tasted! Developed by a bartender friend in Minnesota, this mule is miles ahead the rest of the pack and perfect for your next happy hour.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 1 min
Total Time 1 min
Servings 2 servings
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 197

Ingredients 

  • 8 ounces ginger beer preferably Reed's Extra (see note 1)
  • ounces vodka
  • ounces club soda
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • ¼ tsp Angostura Orange Bitters (see note 2)
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar (see note 3)
  • Crystallized ginger lime slices, or fresh mint, for garnish (see note 4)

Instructions 

  • Fill a large cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Pour ginger beer, vodka, club soda, lime juice, and orange bitters into the shaker.
  • Gently stir in powdered sugar, being careful not to disrupt the carbonation (do not shake). Strain into two copper mugs or lowball glasses filled with ice.
  • Garnish with a skewer of crystallized ginger, lime slices, or fresh mint as desired.

Recipe Video

Notes

  1. Ginger beer: Reed’s Extra Ginger Beer is the gold standard. It can be found at well stocked specialty stores, Trader Joe’s, or online. However, if you have your own favorite ginger beer, feel free to use that.
  2. Angostura Orange Bitters: Crucial ingredient! Look for the orange bitters, not the standard aromatic bitters.
  3. Powdered sugar: Powdered sugar dissolves easily in the drink and makes things just a touch sweeter. Leave it out if you prefer, but it does make a difference.
  4. Crystalized ginger: Candied ginger, especially the kind sold by the bag at Trader Joe’s, makes a spicy-sweet garnish you’ll love. Use a lime wedge or fresh mint sprig if you don’t have it (or even if you do!).
  5. Why the copper mug: Enjoying chilled drinks in copper cups offer a super-cool sensation because the metal takes on the cold temperature of the drink quicker than glass. That frozen sensation feels good on your lips! Also, icy cold copper can increase the amount of bubbles in the carbonated ginger beer, making things extra fizzy. Here are the copper mugs shown in the photos (Culinary Hill may earn money if you buy through this link).
  6. Shopping for copper barware: Don't worry about a Moscow Mule mug poisoning you. Most copper cups on the market are lined with steel or nickel, so the acidity of the drink won’t interact with the metal and leach into your lovely cocktail. Some vintage mugs are even made out of anodized aluminum. When shopping, look for sturdy mugs that are lined and food safe. There are lots of good options out there, even gorgeous hammered copper ones.
  7. Virgin mule: Skip the vodka and make this drink as-is for the non-imbiber in your life; they'll love it.
  8. Make ahead: This cocktail should be "built" in the glass, exactly when you need it. Otherwise, the fizz will fade and the drink will lose its magic. But you can squeeze the limes and have everything chilled and ready to go beforehand and things will go smoothly.
  9. No mug: If you don't have a copper mug, just serve the drink in a glass; it will still be amazing. This particular recipe looks better in a glass because you can admire the layers of the drink.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 197kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 13mgSugar: 11gVitamin C: 4mgIron: 1mg
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    1. Hey, that’s great! I love Minnesota! I visit there at least once a year to see friends and family. Stay warm!!!

  1. I appreciate our MInnesota food scene and I may have had that same Moscow Mule that she had :). I’m going to try this out AFTER I pick up the perfect mugs!5 stars

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