My first attempt at making homemade Moscow Mule went well

Apart from all the bits that went wrong

1y ago

Not too long ago, Moscow Mule became my newfound obsession and with bars and pubs shutting down and opening back up again on a weekly basis in Italy, I decided my best (and cheapest) option was to simply learn how to make it at home in order to survive the ongoing chaos.

I needed vodka, ginger beer, lime and lime juice, cucumber*, mint leaves, ice and, most important of all, copper mugs. I bought the mugs, did a short unboxing video and got to work.

Because I'm a bit of a simpleton sometimes, I naturally assumed Moscow Mule had been invented in Russia but that's not the case as it was apparently invented in New York. According to a story originally written for the New York Herald Tribune in the late 1940s, the 'Little Moscow' was accidentally invented at the Chatham Hotel in New York City when John A. Morgan, owner of the Cock 'n' Bull restaurant in LA, John G. Martin and Rudolph Kunett, president of Heublein's vodka division, came up with an idea to mix ginger beer and vodka.

The idea then travelled to LA where Morgan's head bartender, Wes Prime, decided to replicate the drink using unsold vodka and unsold ginger beer. It quickly caught on "like wildfire", in the words of Mr Price, and Smirnoff representatives and salespeople began travelling the States to sell the idea, inviting bartenders to pose with copper mugs. But I digress.

Moscow Mule

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  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka,
  • 1/6 oz Lime juice
  • 4 oz Ginger beer
  • lime
  • copper mug (not an ingredient but it's part of the charm)


  1. don't overdo it with the vodka
  2. don't underestimate the importante of lime juice

Recipe Notes

No, really. I mean it. Do not overdo it with the vodka, pouring too much in the mix will ruin the cocktail

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Ideally, you'd need 4 oz of ginger beer, 1 1/2 oz of vodka and 1/6 of lime juice but I obviously cocked it all up and the cocktail was far too strong and it didn't have enough lime juice in it. I'd say I deserve an E for effort.

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*some people like it, some don't. I do


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Comments (7)

  • I'll give it a try next time I find vodka in the house.

      1 year ago
  • I haven't tried it. My go to cocktail is G&T with rosemary 😍.

      1 year ago
  • Nice! (I have the same Mugs, I believe.)

      1 year ago
  • Love them! Learned how to make them myself this summer cause mojitos are too much work, and we hv some killer local ginger beer here in WI! A local bar has an entire menu full! $7 ea...needed to use my vodka stash and started making my own! Mugs and all ;-) my fav is using absolut ruby red, lime and ginger beer, delicious!

      1 year ago
  • Love the amount of detail in this post! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ₯‚

      1 year ago