Cocktail Bar: Moscow Mule

Friday 7 March 2014 by

It’s another well-known cocktail this evening – the Moscow Mule. First named so because it’s a “buck” or “mule” cocktail (cocktails that are made from ginger beer/ale, citrus and spirits) that became popular in America in the 1950s, and it was a play on the belief that vodka was a strictly Russian product. As vodka is a particular favourite tipple of mine, I couldn’t resist going back to a more traditional vodka cocktail this week…

Moscow Mule, Alcohol, Cocktail, Vodka, Smirnoff, Ginger ale, Lime

You will need:

  • Collins glass (the more traditional version is served in a copper mug!)
  • Crushed ice

Moscow Mule, Lime, Alcohol, Cocktail


  • 50ml vodka
  • 25ml lime juice (or the juice from one whole lime)
  • 200ml ginger ale

Moscow Mule, Vodka, Cocktail, Alcohol, Lime

How to make it:

You don’t even need to mix these in a shaker. Over crushed ice, squeeze the lime juice and drop the shell in after. Pour in your vodka (give it a good swill to coat the ice), then top up with ginger ale. Give it a brief stir and serve with no more garnish than the lime. This is a slightly dry and bitter cocktail, so you won’t like it if you don’t like ginger ale (obviously) or anything too sharp. But its sharpness brings a clarity to the drink, making it fresh and sophisticated. Just imagine you’re in Mad Men…!

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