Moscow Mules have been one of my favorite cocktails for a while now. The blend of spicy ginger and tangy lime is a great flavor combination! The only problem is I never had the “perfect” copper mugs to serve them in. I know it kind of seems silly, like c’mon, right? You can totally serve a Mule in a regular glass, but there is something nice about a legit copper mug for Moscow Mules. Anytime I ordered one at a restaurant, they were always served in the prettiest copper mugs. Over the holidays, I received these two American Mule copper mugs and leather coasters to finally serve and enjoy Moscow Mules properly! You can read more about them here.
I was super excited to try them out and, you know what, I swear it improved the flavor! I will say though there could be something to it and I might not be crazy. These mugs are made from solid copper and they got seriously cold and stayed that way for much longer than glass. The ice took longer to melt/dilute the drink which helped preserve the flavors over time. It reminded me a lot of the milkshakes I ordered as a kid and the “extra shake” was served in those big stainless steel containers. I’m sure they were served that way to preserve the milkshake better and the same logic goes for these mugs. Why this is important for Moscow Mules specifically I do not know. I’m sure it would work just as well for other cocktails, especially the ones like Gin and Tonics that require a fair amount of ice. Since there’s so few things going on with this cocktail, the ingredients are very important–especially the ginger beer. I tend to prefer ginger beers with more bite than sweetness. I have experimented with a couple different brands and I’ve come to like Fever Tree or Goslings. Crush the ice and slice a few fresh limes and you’re good to go!
Moscow Mule Cocktail
A tangy and refreshing classic cocktail recipe!
- 2 oz. Vodka
- 4 oz. Ginger Beer I like Fever Tree or Goslings
- 1/2 lime juice
- 1 slice of lime for garnish
- crushed ice
Squeeze the lime juice into a Moscow Mule mug.
Add crushed ice, then pour in the vodka.
Fill with ginger beer. Stir and adjust the amounts of lime juice, ice or ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wedge.