4 Moscow Mule Recipes to Die for


Gone are the days when the Moscow Mule was a silly vodka drink. Lately, I’ve received a few emails asking for ways to make the ordinary Moscow Mule a bit different.

Since I’m not a big fan of alcoholic drinks, I asked my friend to help me test some popular Moscow Mule recipes.

We spent two hours experimenting with the drinks and chose the following recipes. But let’s start with the Classic Moscow Mule recipe.

1. Classic Moscow Mule

The classic recipe is simple. All it takes is 2-3 minutes and some mixing of 3 ingredients. No boiling, muddling, or shaking. Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • lime juice
  • ginger beer
  • mint sprig
  • ice cubes, optional

Directions: When it comes to the classic Moscow Mule, all you have to do is to combine vodka, fresh juice of half a lime in a copper mug with ice, and slowly pour the ginger beer on top. Garnish with a mint sprig. You can skip the ice during the winter season to create a warming drink.

2. Orange Moscow Mule

I found a few different Orange Moscow Mule recipes, so it was difficult to figure out the best one without trying. Luckily, I have a friend who’s keen about alcoholic drinks (he’s not habitual drunkard; he’s a barman.) He suggested this recipe: Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces orange juice, fresh squeezed
  • juice of half a lime
  • ½ cup ginger beer
  • ice cubes, optional

Directions: If you use the ice, fill the mug with the ice cubes first. Combine vodka, orange juice, lime juice and ginger beer, stirring gently. Pour it over the ice. Garnish with orange slice and mint sprig. Or, skip the ice and you’ll get a holiday beverage for your Christmas party.

More: 8 Skinny Winter Drinks to Keep the Chill Away

3. Apple Cider Moscow Mule

If you don’t like oranges, apple cider is a great swap. It’s best to use homemade apple cider in the recipe, but a store-bought one isn’t the worst option too. The drink reminds me of the holiday season. Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 cup ginger beer
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • cinnamon
  • ice cubes, optional

Directions: Add apple cider, vodka, and lime juice to your Moscow Mule mug. Top off with ginger beer and sprinkle cinnamon over it. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or an apple slice. Enjoy!

4. Cranberry Moscow Mule

Cranberry is a fabulous addition to the classic Moscow Mule. This is the perfect holiday cocktail that will astonish every Moscow Mule lover and save you time on Christmas Eve. It takes about 3 minutes to make. Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 2 oz ginger beer
  • mint sprig
  • lime wedge
  • sugared or fresh cranberries
  • ice cubes, optional

Directions: Combine the juice and vodka. Pour over the ice cubes (if you use them) and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a mint sprig, lime wedge and sugared or fresh cranberries. You can also sprinkle cinnamon to boost the holiday spirit. See, you don’t need any exotic ingredients and a lot of time to make the cocktail that many of you love. Continue experimenting and you will have more than 4 Moscow Mule recipes. If you don’t have vodka, you can use rum or bourbon. Also, you don’t necessarily have to buy the copper mugs. You can serve the drink in a tall glass or just anything you have at home. No one cares about the glass or mug when the cocktail is incredibly delicious. Are you a Moscow Mule junkie?