Mix It Up: The Moscow Mule

Learn the right way to make a cocktail that single-handedly shaped the country's drinking habits.

What's better than a great cocktail? A great cocktail with a great history.

Moscow Mules are the result of some serendipitous happenstance from early in 1941. A newly-minted owner of the Smirnoff company was having a hell of a time selling his stock, since vodka wasn't all that popular back in the day. Meanwhile, an enterprising bar owner couldn't manage to sell his small batch ginger beer.

The two happened to meet, and while commiserating over their lack of sales, came up with a solution: combine the drinks, pour it into a copper mug with some lime juice and club soda, and boom: a new cocktail.

The drink swept the country, and after a few years of growing popularity in bars just about everywhere, managed to popularize vodka in the US for the first time.


  • 1.5 oz Smirnoff No. 21 vodka
  • .5 oz ginger syrup
  • Club soda
  • Juice from half a lime


  1. Fill a copper mug with ice, then add in the lime juice, vodka, and ginger syrup.
  2. Top with club soda, then stir gently.
  3. Garnish with a lime slice and drink up.
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