Moscow Mule

A Moscow Mule, also known as a Vodka Buck, is a cocktail made with vodka, spicy ginger beer, and lime juice, and is usually served in a copper mug.


2 oz Barr Hill Vodka
.5 oz fresh lime juice
Top with Ginger Beer
Garnish with lime


To a copper mug filled with ice pour in vodka, lime juice and top with ginger beer. Add garnish.

The story goes like this:

Circa 1930s a company by the name of Heublein acquired the rights to Smirnoff Vodka. An executive, named John G. Martin, was trying to figure out a way to get Americans to drink Vodka in Los Angeles.  At the time no one would touch the stuff.

In 1941 at an establishment called Cock n Bull. Turns out someone made a mistake and ordered too much ginger beer long ago and there were cases just sitting in the basement.  The bartender at the time, Wes Price, decided to special two slow-selling products together to reduce his inventory, and the Moscow Mule was born.  

In 1947 the Polaroid Camera was invented and John Martin used one to go to Cock n Bull and take two photos of the bartender holding a Moscow Mule in a copper mug and a bottle of Smirnoff vodka, he would give one to the bartender as a keepsake and he would use the other photo to show the next bartender how popular Moscow Mules and Smirnoff Vodka were. (sounds like old-school Instagram to me)  It was also to his benefit that his girlfriend at the time owned a company that sold copper goods.

Today: pairing craft vodka with a well-made craft ginger beer in modern Moscow Mules continues to please palates across the world!

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