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Classic Moscow Mule Recipe

I’m going to show you how to make a classic Moscow Mule! It’s an easy cocktail recipe that only uses 3 ingredients.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword cocktail, ginger beer, lime juice, mint, moscow, moscow mule, vodka
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 142kcal
Author Dorothy Kern


For 1 cocktail:

  • 1 ½ ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • 4 ounces ginger beer

For a pitcher (serves 8):

  • 12 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces lime juice
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) ginger beer


  • To make one cocktail: Fill a glass with ice. Add vodka, then lime juice. Top off with ginger beer. Stir gently. Garnish with lime (and mint, if desired). Serve immediately.
  • To make a pitcher: add vodka and lime juice to a pitcher and stir. Don’t add the ginger beer until right before serving. Place ice in cups and serve, garnish with lime.


• If you don’t have copper mugs you can make this in any glass, but the copper keeps the drinks cold. I use my copper mugs for lots of cocktails so they aren’t just a one-use container.
• You can use fresh or bottled lime juice
• Use your favorite vodka (mine is Tito’s)
• I always use diet ginger beer for less calories but use your favorite brand. Most brands are like soft drinks – no alcohol, sold in the beverage aisles with specialty waters and such.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg