Moscow Mule

Created as a marketing vehicle in the 1940s by John Martin, owner of Smirnoff, and his friend Jack Morgan of Los Angeles’ Cock and Bull Tavern, this vodka-and–ginger beer libation is traditionally served in a copper mug.

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This simple, classic three-ingredient cocktail is a bracing mix of vodka, spicy ginger beer, and bright lime juice.
Yield: makes 1 cocktail


  • 4 oz. ginger beer
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 lime wedge


  1. Stir ginger beer and vodka in a copper mule cup filled with crushed ice; squeeze lime wedge over top and drop into cup.