1 slice lime in a highball glass.
Combine the vodka and ginger beer.
Add lime juice.
Garnish with a lime slice.
The origin of the Moscow Mule
Contrary to popular belief and its name, the Moscow Mule is not originally from Russia, but the United States. The recipe for the Moscow Mule was invented at the end of Prohibition (the early 1940s) when vodka was allowed. The original recipe for Moscow Mule is said to have been created by a US vodka importer and a ginger beer maker. The unusual combination of ingredients in this cocktail allowed the company to sell its products more easily.
According to the popular version of the story, the cocktail was born at a meeting between John Martin, who at the time was seeking to distribute Smirnoff vodka in the US, and Jack Morgan, who served ginger beer but without much success. Unable to sell their products separately, they have joined forces to develop an original drink, likely to appeal to American customers. This is how the now very popular cocktail, Moscow Mule, appeared.
The cocktail, which has become a classic all over the world, does not lose its popularity. Simple to perform, Moscow Mule remains an alternative to refreshing cocktails that will add variety to your bar.
The ingredients of the Moscow Mule cocktail
The Moscow Mule cocktail contains 5 cl of vodka, 1 cl of lime juice, and 10 cl of ginger ale. And that’s all! Therefore, the quality of your Moscow Mule will depend solely on the quality of your ingredients. For example, use natural lemon juice.
The Moscow Mule recipe
The real Moscow Mule recipe is made directly from a copper cup. However, you can also prepare your Moscow Mule cocktail in a Copa glass. Also, it is customary to decorate the glass with a wedge (or zest) of lime.
Variations of the Moscow Mule cocktail
Moscow Mule with gin, rum or tequila — these are just a few of the variations of this cocktail. More unusual variations: the Irish Moscow Mule or Irish Mule, a Moscow Mule revisited with whiskey and ginger syrup.
Included in the list of IBA official cocktails and classed as an Longdrink.