What Vodka Is Best for a Moscow Mule?
There is no doubt that the original vodka for a Mule is Smirnoff, and being a very neutral-tasting vodka, it works well. The real fun with this drink is the subtle difference a vodka can make to the final taste. Try experimenting with two of our favourites: Stolichnaya, with its bold, citrus notes; and Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka, with its surprising vanilla and coconut undertones.
Which Ginger Beer Is Best for a Moscow Mule?
Ginger beer is often mistaken for “beer,” but it’s actually a non-alcoholic mixer. Ginger beers vary in sweetness and spice, but our go-to brands are the perfect balance of both. Try the Great Jamaican Ginger Beer Co. or Grace Island Soda for a nice, spicy kick, or Goslings or Fentimans for a slightly sweeter and lighter taste.
How Did the Moscow Mule Get Its Name?
The true meaning of the cocktail’s name might never be revealed. General consensus, however, is that “Moscow” is a nod to Smirnoff’s heritage (although by the cocktail’s debut, all Smirnoff was produced in the U.S.) and “Mule” refers to the kick of spice from the ginger beer.
Do You Need a Copper Mug to Make a Moscow Mule?
While bartenders have long debated the merits of copper mugs, the short answer is no. The drink tastes great in a rocks glass with ice or a highball if you like more ginger beer. However, there are merits to using the classic vessel — a copper mug keeps the drink super cold and looks fantastic, too!
Do I Need Crushed Ice for a Moscow Mule?
No. Bartenders often use crushed ice to make the drink colder, but we find it waters down the cocktail and takes away that delightful bubbly mouthfeel.
What’s a Mule Versus a Buck?
A Mule made with ginger ale is actually called a Buck — a similar but different category of cocktail. If it’s a Mule you want, then ginger beer is the ticket.
Change Your Spirit
Variations on the Mule abound, with the most ubiquitous being the Dark ’n’ Stormy, in which vodka is substituted with Goslings Black Seal rum. The recent whisky craze has seen the rising popularity of the Kentucky Mule, using (you guessed it!) bourbon as its base.
Add a Flavour
Muddled fruit is a favourite, especially in summer. We love to add crushed peaches, blackberries or any in-season berries to a Mule. You can also stir in a fruit juice; we prefer viscous varieties, such as apricot and mango.
Try our most popular modern Mule variation: we combine 1½ oz tequila, 1 oz pineapple juice, ½ oz lime juice, a dash of Tabasco and 3 oz ginger beer. The combination of sweet, spicy, earthy and savoury is a wonderful burst of flavour on the palate.