The Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule. Holy moly what have I been missing?

Ginger beer, vodka, and lime on ice: Simple, fresh, and oh so easy to drink.


Traditionally, this libation is served in a copper cup. In fact, the drink’s inception in the early 1940s actually derives from a marketing ploy by Cock n’ Bull ginger beer, who distributed copper cups (which at the time, was an over produced house-ware) with their namesake on them in cahoots with Smirnoff Vodka to promote their under-performing beverages. I guess it worked! There are tons of recipes for this classic cocktail online, and I have looked through dozens, finding that some recipes for the Moscow Mule not only suggest a copper cup, but require it.

Do you know how hard it is to find a copper drinking cup in Halifax?

After days of hunting through the city and countless bewildered looking sales associates, I have resigned to the fact that I have to purchase copper cups online (thank goodness for Etsy). For the record there are lots of recipes that suggest a simple collins glass to hold this beloved cocktail, but while I wait patiently for my copper cups, I am still downing those Moscow Mules on my patio (in a sweater and slippers, but I am out there). In the meantime, here’s my recipe for Moscow Mules:

Moscow Mule

(Makes one cocktail)


  • Collins glass (or any larger cocktail glass) filled with ice
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • Juice of 1 Lime (about 1 oz) and wedge to garnish
  • Ginger Beer (Propeller Ginger Beer is the best around)
  • 1 teaspoon of Simple Syrup (You can make your own from this recipe, but I find that President’s Choice Black Label simple syrup is pretty good in a pinch)


  1. Pour 1 oz vodka over glass of ice
  2. Add lime juice
  3. Top off glass with ginger beer
  4. Finish with 1tsp of simple syrup
  5. Stir, garnish, and enjoy!


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