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Ironically, the Moscow Mule is not of Russian descent. It’s an American drink, created in the Cock ‘n’ Bull bar in Los Angeles in 1941 by a bar manager and an ex Smirnoff executive who wanted to sell vodka to Americans… Or it was the bartender who claimed he created the recipe to help shift cases of ginger beer that was cluttering up his basement.

Either way (or neither way) this cocktail has a secretive history, but was very popular amongst the Hollywood elite. Some say it was the drink which got America acquainted with vodka.

Moscow Mule’s iconic copper mug came from the Cock ‘n’ Bull’s idea factory as well. Nothing short of a fantastic marketing technique. Through nearly 80 years (and a scare about copper mug poisoning) it’s still the vessel in which bartenders serve up a Moscow Mule.

Anyway enough of the history lesson, let’s get making!


  • Fresh Lime (you can use lime juice).
  • Vodka.
  • Ginger Beer.

Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe

  1. Squeeze lime juice into a glass and drop in the spent shell.
  2. Add 2 or 3 ice cubes, then pour in the vodka and fill with cold ginger beer (not ginger ale, although what the hell…).
  3. Stir and enjoy.

Vodka2 x shots (50ml)2.00£0.85
Lime1/2 shot (5ml)0.00£0.50
Ginger Beer275ml0.00£0.40
330ml2.00£1.75 ($2.24* €2.07*)

*Based off Open Exchange Rates from GBP total.