The Bartender Diaries: Whip Up a Moscow Mule

I love the traditional summer Corona with lime just as much as anyone.

But, I also love the idea of being my own bartender. Concocting different fancy-sounding drinks to impress friends and family is a favorite hobby of mine.

I present you with this super simple and refreshing drink recipe that may be your new favorite tipple for summer. Meet the Moscow Mule--perfect for presenting to your friends at a FIFA World Cup watch party. Your friends will be dazzled by your knowledge of fancy drinks and appreciate this flavorful alternative to beer.

Here's the recipe I used for a classic Moscow Mule:

  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 1 lime
  • 3/4 cup crushed ice
  • 6 ounce bottle of ginger beer
  • Copper mug (optional)

Step 1: Chill the vodka and copper mugs in the freezer and the ginger beer in the refrigerator for about an hour. Using tin or copper cups will help keep the drink cooler longer, so if possible, try to use a mug that is made of metal.

Step 2: After chilling, pour 1.5 ounces of vodka into the mug.

Step 3: Squeeze half of a lime into the drink (this should equal about 1/2 an ounce). Add the 3/4 cup of crushed ice on top.


Step 4: Pour the entire ginger beer bottle on top of the ice and stir the drink.

Step 5: Add a thin slice of lime to the side of the mug for garnish.

And voilà, the refreshing "it"-drink for the summer! What should result is a spicy cool mesh of vodka and ginger. The ginger and lime flavor should be strong enough to mute the harshness of the vodka.

Cheers, future bartenders of the world. xx