How to Mix a Moscow Mule

Impress your guests and mix up this popular and refreshing cocktail that everyone is obsessed with right now! The Moscow Mule doesn’t take many ingredients to make, and the process is simple. All you’ll need is ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice.


4-6 oz Roake ginger syrup (Gosling’s for n/a, or Crabbie’s for an extra kick—it’s alcoholic)
2 oz Absolut vodka
½ oz fresh lime juice

Slice a lime wedge and squeeze it into a copper Moscow Mule mug or Collins glass, then drop the wedge in as well. Add 3-4 ice cubes, then pour in 2 ounces of vodka. Fill the remainder with chilled ginger beer, stir with stirring rod, and serve.

See—wasn’t that easy? In case the cocktail wasn’t enough to impress your friends, use this tip and explain the history of it to them. Believe it or not, in the 1940s vodka was not a popular liquor in America. In fact, some people used to say vodka meant “horrible” in Russian. Despite this, John G. Martin bought rights to the French Smirnoff brand in the U.S., in 1939 anyway…but still couldn’t sell it.

One random afternoon, Martin was at the bar Cock ‘n’ Bull in Los Angeles, talking with the owner Jack Morgan. Morgan was experiencing a similar problem, however instead of vodka it was ginger beer. Apparently, there was a third business man at the bar who couldn’t move his product either—copper mugs.

After some chatting and surely several drinks, they came up with the idea to create a vodka and ginger beer cocktail to be served in copper mugs. They marketed it with a lot of force and it actually become very popular in American bars. No one is truly sure on how they came up with the name, but it is believed to be because of the Russian connotation with vodka and the “kick” delivered by ginger beer.

In addition to it being easy to make and having an interesting history, another great thing about Moscow Mules is they are good all year long. You don’t need hot or cold weather to enjoy them, and they won’t ever go out of fashion. Next time you’re out in the Short North, be sure to stop by Arch City Tavern and spice up your regular beverage with our twist on the classic favorite!

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