A Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail, beloved by most, if not all, cocktail connoisseurs. It is an all year around favorite that everyone can enjoy. 

Yes, everyone from the discerning cocktail expert to the first time drinker. 

This infamous cocktail perfectly balances all of its delicious flavor profiles. The multitude of flavors allows this drink to hold its own with nearly any meal. 

Here is the bottom line: 

We’re practically giving you an excuse to drink tonight! In order to read about a Moscow mule you MUST be sipping on a Moscow Mule.

In order to celebrate this famous mixed drink, make sure you are stocked with your favorite brand of vodka, ginger, and limes! You order, Minibar Delivery delivers in as little as 30-60 minutes! 

In the following text we will offer the history of this classic drink, instructions on how to fashion your own, as well as other helpful tips and tricks! 

First off, let’s start by giving a brief overview of the history of the drink: 

What is the history of the Moscow Mule? 

While the some details of the Moscow Mule’s history are quite murky, we do know a few things for certain about its origination.  


Contrary to popular belief, the Moscow Mule did not originate in Moscow, Russia, but rather Hollywood, CA. More specifically, the Russian-inspired cocktail was concocted in Hollywood’s Cock ‘N’ Bull pub in 1941. Interestingly, the Cock n’ Bull owner, Jack Morgan, crafted the mix drink out of an abundance of ingredients that nobody seemed to want.

Yep, you are drinking a cocktail made out of leftovers — that no one wanted! 

Morgan had a stockroom full of ginger beer he couldn’t seem to get rid of and abundance of vodka that had not yet become a bar cart staple. 

Although we could not imagine our lives without vodka today, it was not a popular spirit in the 1940s. In fact, Smirnoff Vodka was on the brink of bankruptcy. John Martin had recently bought Smirnoff and was having trouble peddling his product. As the story goes, Martin and Morgan crafted the Moscow Mule at a chance encounter at the Cock ‘n’ Bull as they complained to each other about their product surpluses. They combined ginger beer and vodka to create what would become one of the most popular drinks of all time. And guess what…

This marketing strategy worked! 

So, both Smirnoff and ginger beer have the Moscow Mule to thank for skyrocketing them to popularity. This mixed drink propelled the two liquids to limelight. 

What does a Moscow Mule taste like? 

Moscow Mule lovers typically describe this classic as a deliciously fizzy drink crafted from fiery ginger beer, vodka, and fresh lime juice. Connoisseurs know this cocktail for being rather refreshing and tangy.

The reason why this drink has held its popularity for decades is: 

It is simple, delicious, and refreshing. It’s guaranteed to hit the spot! 

How should this cocktail be served? 

The Moscow Mule quite possibly has one of the most iconic barware items known to man. In fact, the copper mug helps distinguish the cocktail from nearly every other mixed drink. Yes the copper mug is iconic, but where did it come from and why purpose does it serve? 

As legend has it, a female friend of Jack Morgan complained that she could not sell these copper mugs which were highly sought after in both India and Ireland. Morgan and Martin saw this copper mug surplus as yet another opportunity to make their drink a novelty. Each party combined their unwanted products to make a drink that would become highly desirable. 

While we LOVE that story, another possible explanation for the copper cup is that copper is a superior thermal conductor. Therefore, copper responds to the temperature of the liquid inside the mug to keep it either cool or warm. 

How do you make a Moscow Mule? 

This classic cocktail has three ingredients making it the one of the easiest, and tastiest, drinks to master. Bust out your copper mugs and cheers to a drink that’s perfect for every season.



  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine vodka and lime juice
  2. Shake until chilled and strain into a mule mug with crushed ice
  3. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wheel
blackberry moscow mule with a lime wheel sitting on a wooden surface

How do I order alcohol online for my Moscow Mule? 

Ordering alcohol online is both convenient and easy with Minibar Delivery. Simply download our app or visit us online, enter your delivery address, browse our amazing selection of products, pay, and enjoy your full stocked bar in as little as 30-60 minutes. Reduce the hassle of trekking to your local liquor store today!

Not a fan of the Moscow Mule? Try another classic cocktail: The Gin and Tonic