Moscow Mule

It’s a solid fact that any cocktail with a spicy kick is my favorite cocktail. The only issue with this is a good spicy drink usually seems to involve some kind of difficult concoction that’s best when made by artisan hands at a meticulously stocked bar where the ingredients are mixed just so. That’s why the Moscow Mule is my best friend – it’s got the heat I like but there’s no complicated muddling, measuring, or shaking. Just a quick little recipe made up of basic components that can often be found in my fridge whether I was planning to make one or not.

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 tsp. simple syrup
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup ginger beer. Note: This is the spicy component, so choose wisely if you’re like me. I always use the Maine Root Ginger Brew which I get at Whole Foods. It’s the spiciest I’ve found.
  • Fresh mint

This drink is supposed to be served in a pretty copper mug, but I haven’t added those to my bar cart yet so I just use a Tom Collins glass. First, pour the vodka over ice in your glass. Add the simple syrup. Squeeze in the juice from the lime (leave a slice for garnish). Throw in a few mint leaves. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime slice. Enjoy!

Photos by Ian Sheppard
Glitter Under Glass Manicure by Fiore Beauty


  1. Love the drink photos, but I’m really crushing on your nails! :)

  2. ha! i always try to buy that skull vodka but my husband is an alcohol snob and never lets me! we just make our moscow mules with lime, vodka, and ginger beer (and a copper mug of course!) – i’ll need to try with simple syrup and mint!

    1. thelifestyled 08/29/2012

      Oh wow! I didn’t even know if Crystal Head was good vodka or not but I obviously chose it for other reasons. What vodka does your hubby like?

    2. i actually have no idea if crytal head is good of not- he just is the type to think that something kitschy will likely not be as good… i let him have his way with the alcohol so i can win in other areas! we stick to ketel one or prairie organic (keeping it (MN)local!).

  3. YUMMY looks good cant wait to try it!

  4. I so love this!!! Since we only moved a while ago & I am still trying to put together a bar area & learning new recipes, I am always on the lookout for new inspiration!! This will definitely be given a try the next time I have the girls over!

    xox Vicky

  5. Okay… I’m trying that tonight at Happy Hour! Yum!!

  6. This is BY FAR my most favorite drink for summer!

  7. I just found a tin cup in my boyfriend’s attic and the first thing I thought of was – i need to learn to make the moscow mule. Thanks for sharing these tips!!! Can’t wait to try this out.