An Easy Moscow Mule Recipe for Long Summer Weekends

moscow mule recipe

Since it’s the first weekend of summer, I felt inspired to recreate a Moscow mule recipe at home. One of my all-time favorite summer activities is to sip Moscow mules at rooftop bars. They’re so easy to make yourself, all you need is vodka, ginger beer, and limes.

Copper mugs are nice to have, but they’re not a must-have. I bought one because I like shiny things, and I’m extra. I actually spent more than I should have on the copper mug featured in this post because I bought it on a whim at Bevmo. I’ve seen (and gifted) them much cheaper at Target and Cost Plus World Market. Sometimes I tend to overpay for things when being spontaneous 🤷🏾‍♀️.

For the foundation of this recipe, I went with Reed’s Jamaican-style Ginger Beer. I’ve tried it this brand before and I like it. There are others out there, but I went with what’s familiar to me. I’m exploring homemade ginger beer recipes and to be quite honest I’m intimidated at the process right now. Whenever I get over that, I’ll try making ginger beer myself one day.

Reed's ginger beer: the foundation for a delicious Moscow mule

When it comes to vodka: I’m a top-shelf person, so I used Ketel One. Of course, any vodka you like would do well in a Moscow Mule. So go with what you like. Pro-tip: storing vodka in the freezer makes for super icy cocktails.

Moscow Mule Recipe (1 serving):


  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Moscow mule mug or glass for serving


  • Ice
  • 2 lime quarters (1/2 lime, then cut in half)
  • 1 shot (~1-2 ounces) vodka
  • 3/4 cup (~6 ounces) ginger beer
  • Mint (optional garnish)


  • Fill the mug or glass with ice
  • Squeeze the juice of two lime quarters over ice. Drop the lime wedges into the glass
  • Pour a shot of vodka over the ice and lime juice
  • Pour the ginger beer on top of the ice, lime juice, and vodka
  • Stir the mixture
  • Garnish with mint (optional)

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