- Prep time 5 minutes
- Serves As many as you like
This is a cocktail easily made for one, or you can scale up at will. Feel free to make it boozier if you like—there are no rules. —Amanda Hesser
Test Kitchen Notes
Moscow Mules are basically the perfect drink to make year-round—it'll chill you out in the hot summertime, but the gingery notes also make it ideal for those long winter months. All you need is some vodka, some good ginger beer, and a lime wedge, doesn't get much easier than that. Many of our lovely commenters recommended their favorite ginger beers to make this cocktail. A couple suggested Fever-Tree, while some said to use ginger beer that contains alcohol, such as Crabbie's. Also try with Bundeberg ginger beer, as well as Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale. What we recommend? Trying this drink with each of these beers to see which one is your favorite. No harm in experimenting with the flavor profiles to figure out what combination and what brand are the winners.
And yes, if you want to go all out, serve the Moscow mules in a copper mug. Not only are they beautiful, they keep the drink nice and cold since copper is a great conductor. Rumor has it that the origin of this drink surrounds a bartender who wanted to clear out his basement of the two things no one seemed to want at the time—yup, vodka and ginger beer. Another story surmises that it was three friends who wondered what would happen if they combined their drinks. Regardless of the origin story, we can't get enough of the refreshing yet spicy notes of a well-made Moscow mule. Feel free to let us know what your favorite ginger beer is in the comments! —The Editors
parts ginger beer
Lime wedge, for garnish
- Fill a copper mug or Collins glass with crushed or cubed ice.
- Fill the glass one-third full with vodka.
- Top with the ginger beer and squeeze in some lime juice. Garnish with the lime wedge.