Learn how to make the best Moscow mule you'll ever have! This is a simple recipe that is the perfect refreshing drink for the summer!
You are getting ready to learn everything you need to know for how to make a moscow mule aka my favorite summer time cocktail!
If you know me you know I am a HUGE red wine drinker - like it's pretty much all I prefer to drink.
Once that summer heat hits, give me all the moscow mules, sparkling dry rose, and processo please! Clearly I am a sucker for a refreshing fizzy drink during my favorite months of the year. #suntan #poolhappyhour #living
Making a Moscow mule is not hard. I just use 5 ingredients. Which sounds like a lot but it is not, I promise.
Ingredients Needed for a Moscow Mule
A traditional moscow mule only uses
- Ginger Beer
- Lime Juice
But we are going to jazz it up a little and make it how I like it with a couple of extra ingredients.
- Fresh Mint
- Sparkling Water
How to Make a Moscow Mule
- Fill your copper mug with 3 fresh mint leaves ice ¾ of the way up. We have copper mugs that were given as a Christmas gift but these are similar (affiliate link). They are pretty common nowadays and not hard to find at all. You can also find at your local HomeGoods or liquor store. Muddle some mint leaves in the bottom of the mug so that the aroma and oils can start to release.
- Pour in 2 Ounces of Tito's Vodka. This is not the time to skimp on cheap ingredients. Since there aren't many, to begin with, get the best. We are a Tito's house over here.
- Pour in 6 ounces of Ginger Beer. Again, use the best. We always like Cock N Bull Ginger Beer.
- Top off the rest of the glass with sparkling water. I usually use lime-flavored sparkling water, but regular is just fine too. This just helps give an extra fizz to the drink and cut some of the ginger beer.
- Finish off with a fresh mint spring and lime wedge and ENJOY!
PRO TIP: if you are feeling EXTRA and hello why the heck not - I will add a couple of dashes of ginger and lime bitters ** This is totally not necessary but adds a little something extra if you have them.
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What is the Best Ginger Beer to Use and Is Ginger Beer Alcoholic?
There are both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions of ginger beers. For the most part, ginger beer is a soft drink made with ginger, sugar, and water. There is less than 0.5% alcohol classifying it as non-alcoholic.
Why is a Copper Mug Used When Making a Moscow Mule?
A copper mug is a traditional glass used for a mule. It does an excellent job of insulating the drink keeping it nice and chilled the entire time you are enjoying it.
A chilled frosty copper mug is iconic for a mule!
What Does a Moscow Mule Taste Like?
If you are from Kentucky and love you some Ale-8 then you'll know what to expect!
Or if you have had a ginger ale then you will kind of know too.
It is tangy, sweet, limey, fizzy, a little spice kick from the ginger, and oh so delicious.
I am not a huge sweet drink person so adding the sparkling water helps cut some of the sweetness.
Can You Use Ginger Ale Instead of Ginger Beer?
In a pinch, sure. But the traditional mule uses ginger beer and not ginger ale.
Now, we have been out and in a pinch have used ginger ale and it's definitely not the same nor as good in my opinion. Save the ginger ale to mix with bourbon and use ginger beer instead.
Make it Virgin!
If you do not drink alcohol, are expecting, or just want to hold back, a virgin Moscow mule is actually the perfect cocktail for you! The virgin version of a Moscow mule practically tastes the same since vodka is used as alcohol.
Make according to the recipe below but hold the vodka and add more sparkling water!Print
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