Moscow Mule

March 3, 2020

It’s National Moscow Mule Day!

March 3rd marks National Moscow Mule Day! We don’t know why, but let’s face is, who doesn’t love a cocktail in a tin mug!?

This simple classic is a type of buck and is also known as a Vodka Buck. It apparently originated in the US in 1940s, however, Vodka wasn’t very popular in America and was generally considered a Russian drink. The story goes that Vodka didn’t sell well, but neither did ginger beer or copper mugs for that matter, but when all three were combined and marketed well, it seemed to take off!

The name, Moscow Mule, is said to be a random choice. Apparently, Moscow was used because of Americans’ tendency to associate vodka with Russia and Mule was added to the name because the ginger beer gave a good ‘kick’ of flavour. However, the origin of the name Moscow Mule is still not clear.

Why is Moscow Mule Served in a Copper Mug?

Cocktails should be heightened with exquisite flavours, aromas and most importantly presentation. The copper mugs give a distinctive look and are traditional, and also have been a part of the cocktail’s origin, if the above tale is to be believed. It is also said that the taste and flavour of the drink enhance in a copper mug and gives you a cool sensation. Copper mugs help keep the temperature, flavour and aroma of the drink intact.


  • 60ml vodka
  • 20ml lime juice
  • Dash of bitters
  • Ginger beer – we recommend Strange Love Hot Ginger Beer for an extra kick!
  • Garnish: Lime wedges and fresh mint
  • Ice


  1. Add the lime juice, bitters and vodka to a copper mug or highball glass.
  2. Fill glass with ice.
  3. Top with ginger beer and gently stir.
  4. Top with more ice and garnish with lime wedges.

Other variations…

Obviously, a mule can come in all shapes, sizes and flavours, so use the above ‘how’ to blend these winners!!

An Aussie Mule

  • 60ml of your favourite dark rum – Bundaberg??
  • 20ml lime juice
  • Bundaberg Ginger Beer
  • Garnish: Lime wedges and dehydrated pineapple
  • Ice

A Mexican Mule

  • 60ml of Tequila
  • 20ml lime juice
  • Ginger Beer
  • Garnish: Lime wheels and dehydrated mango cheek
  • Ice

A French Mule

  • 60ml of Cognac
  • 20ml lime juice
  • Ginger Beer
  • Garnish: Lime wheels and Framboise (raspberries)
  • Ice

An English Mule

  • 60ml of Gin
  • 20ml lime juice
  • Ginger Beer
  • Garnish: Lime wedges and blackberries
  • Ice

A Virgin Mule

  • 30ml lime juice
  • Ginger Beer
  • Garnish: Lime wheels, strawberries and fresh mint
  • Ice

Ingredient list

Lime Juice
A dash
Just to top it up
Ginger Beer
For garnish
Lime Wedge or Wheel
For garnish
Fresh Mint
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