The History of the Moscow Mule + a recipe

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. The history of the moscow mule was as equally surprising to me! 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.

The History of The Moscow Mule

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 the Moscow Mule.

Moscow Mule

The best patio drink around, hands down!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Cocktail, Summer Drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink


  • 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


  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!

The History of the Moscow Mule

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