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Happy Hour: Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule is a classic 1940s-era vodka cocktail that is currently having a resurgence. With a few simple ingredients, you'll have a delicious drink that is cold, refreshing and has a great ginger flavor. What sets the Moscow Mule apart from other vodka drinks is that it's typically served in a copper mug. They're widely available, look great and can be used to hold fresh flowers for a fun twist on a vase when you aren't having a drink. For a twist on this classic, bourbon, rum or mezcal would be a delicious vodka substitute.

RECIPE: Moscow Mule

Yields 1 cocktail


  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4-6 oz. of ginger beer (be careful not to use ginger ale, as the flavor is not as strong)
  • 3 drops aromatic bitters
  • For garnish: a few sprigs of fresh mint leaves, lime wedges


  1. Chill your copper mug in the freezer for at least an hour before serving.
  2. Fill the mug with ice cubes.
  3. To mix the cocktail: Add all ingredients to the mug. Stir.
  4. For garnishing: Add a lime wedge and some fresh mint sprigs for extra flavor.

Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit and inspired by our favorite Moscow Mule at SHOREbar

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