January 28, 2014

Good Winter Cocktail: The Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule

For Christmas I gave my husband a Moscow mule mug. I collect all things copper for my kitchen and couldn’t wait to add it to our collection. I also know how much he loves trying new cocktails, especially in the deep-dark days of winter. On Sunday night was started the second season of Breaking Bad (yes, we are behind, but it is so much easier to watch in one fell swoop) and mixed our first Moscow mule. I am not one for heavy cocktails on a regular basis but this is one we’ll definitely be breaking out again in the near future.

I initially thought that this cocktail had some kind of extreme historical significance related to Russia until I looked it up. Turns out it was developed by two men, one looking to peddle liquor, the other looking to get rid of an overstock of copper mugs. Either way, they had a knack for developing a satisfying drink. The vodka and ginger beer combination is perfect for warming up the tips of your toes, while the generous squeeze of lime cuts through the sweetness to give it just the right amount of bitter. It is served over lots of ice and the mug stays nice and frosty while you sip. It would be perfect for sipping around an open fire or after a day of skiing. On this particular night we are happy just to sip away after the kids were asleep.

The Moscow Mule

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1

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  • ¼ cup vodka
  • ½ cup gingerbeer
  • ½ lime
  • lots of ice


  1. Fill the mug with lots of ice. Enough so that is almost reaches the brim.
  2. Add the vodka then the ginger beer.
  3. Cut the lime into two wedges. Squeeze one enter lime into the drink and use the second wedge to garnish. Enjoy!


Scale up the liquor or ginger beer as you prefer!


4 Responses to “Good Winter Cocktail: The Moscow Mule”

  1. Carrie Zinnecker says:

    One of my favorite cocktails!

  2. laura @fitrunningmama.com says:

    One of my favorite drinks ever!!