Because this cocktail is officially back.
Moscow Mules are having a comeback — at least according to us. We’re not sure if this classic cocktail was ever out, but we hereby declare that it is most definitely in season — forever. The Moscow Mule, which consists of vodka, ginger beer and lime, keeps popping up in conversation and on cocktail menus everywhere.
According to Liquor.com, the Mule has been around since the 1940s, when a vodka distributor and ginger beer maker joined forces to promote their otherwise unpopular beverages. Esquire paints the scene of the Moscow Mule’s birth at a Los Angeles-based bar called Cock ‘n’ Bull pub. A marketer named John G. Martin, who was having trouble selling vodka to Americans, was airing his grievances to the bar’s owner, Jack Morgan, who was having his own trouble selling ginger beer. The two came up with a cocktail that would use both vodka and ginger beer, and Esquire credits the use of the copper mug with “yet another friend with business problems.” While it has a less-than-glamorous origin story, the Moscow Mule has an elegant appeal. It strikes a good balance between being sophisticated and approachable, and it’s still alive and kicking after all these years.
It may be simple, but the Mule is anything but boring. The combination of zingy ginger beer and zesty lime makes for a refreshing, lively and layered cocktail. What’s more, with only three ingredients, it’s really easy to make at home. Like any simple and sturdy recipe, the Mule is an excellent foundation for creative variations. With ginger as your base, the Mule can go in so many different fruity and herbal directions, from tart with pomegranate, to sweet with strawberries or watermelon, to earthy with rosemary.
The versatility of this cocktail makes it truly an all-weather beverage. It’s great in fall with apple cider and peach in the summer. We’ll be making festive flavors for the holidays and sipping this storied cocktail well through the winter and into the seasons that follow, because the Mule is back — even if we have to single-handedly revive it.
Here are 14 takes on the classic recipe.
Classic Moscow Mule
Get the Classic Moscow Mule recipe from A Beautiful Mess
Get the Garden Mule recipe from Something New For Dinner
Apple Cider Moscow Mule
Get the Apple Cider Moscow Mule recipe from Sugar And Charm
Watermelon Moscow Mule
Get the Watermelon Moscow Mule recipe from I’m Bored Let’s Go
Moscow Mule Jello Shots
Get the Moscow Mule Jello Shots recipe from Domesticate Me
Peach And Ginger Mules
Get the Peach And Ginger Mules recipe from A House In The Hills
Get the Holiday Mule recipe from Home Sweet Jones
Orange Moscow Mule
Get the Orange Moscow Mule recipe from Something New For Dinner
Strawberry Moscow Mule Cocktails
Get the Strawberry Moscow Mule Cocktail recipes from Family Fresh Cooking
Pomegranate Moscow Mule
Get the Pomegranate Moscow Mule recipe from The Cookie Rookie
Hibiscus Berry Moscow Mules
Get the Hibiscus Berry Moscow Mules recipe from Aida Molenkamp
Peach Basil Moscow Mule
Get the Peach Basil Moscow Mule recipe from Little Leopard Book
Blueberry Moscow Mules
Get the Blueberry Moscow Mules recipe from Sugar And Charm
Moscow Mules With Cucumber
Get the Moscow Mules With Cucumber recipe from The Chic Site