March 22, 2019 in Blog


The Moscow Mule

A great beginner cocktail for the at-home mixologist, the Moscow Mule was invented in 1941, at a pub in Los Angeles, called Cock’n’Bull. The pub had too much Smirnoff vodka in stock, which Americans weren’t interested in at the time. The pub also had too much ginger beer. So out of a necessity to clean out the cellar, the Moscow Mule was born. It quickly gained massive popularity and is credited for being the drink that made vodka popular in the United States.

How to make a Moscow Mule

  •  1 1/2 oz. vodka
  •  4 oz. ginger beer
  • Squeeze of lime
  •  1 slice lime and mint for garnish.
In a copper mug, pour vodka over ice. Add lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with mint sprig and lime slice.

Spirit Variations

Kentucky Mule or Horsefeather: Use bourbon/whiskey instead of vodka. Mexican Mule: Use tequila instead of vodka. Jamaican Mule or Cuban Mule: Use rum instead of vodka. Dark ‘n Stormy: Use Gosling’s spiced rum instead of vodka.

Endless Variations

The options are endless by adding fruit and herbs to the classic cocktail. A great example is the strawberry basil Mule. Muddle 5 strawberries and 5 basil leaves with a splash of the ginger beer & lime juice. Add the vodka, give a quick stir. Top with plenty of ice & ginger beer. Garnish with strawberries & basil.

Why a copper mug?

The copper mug is an essential part of the cocktail and a must have for any at-home bar. Tradition – John Martin, distributor for Smirnoff set off to market the Moscow Mule in the bars around the country. He bought one of the first Polaroid cameras and asked barmen to pose with a Moscow Mule copper mug and a bottle of Smirnoff vodka. Then he would leave one copy of the photo at the bar and take a second copy to the bar next door to show them that their competitors were selling Moscow Mules. The marketing took off. Temperature – As soon as your drink hits the mug the copper cools, insulating your cocktail while you enjoy it. The handle keeps your hands away from the sides of the mug, stopping your hands from transferring heat to the drink. Check your local Crowfoot Wine & Spirits for Moscow Mule Mugs in stock. A wide assortment of colours and finishes are available.