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Moscow Mule Mugs & Copper Mugs

History of the Moscow Mule

Three men walk into a bar…Yes, seriously! Three men named John G. Martin, John “Jack” Morgan and Rudolph Kunett, met up at the famous Cock n’ Bull pub on the Sunset Strip in the early 1940’s. John was the owner of an American alcoholic beverage company, which acquired the Smirnoff brand. Rudolph was the President of Smirnoff’s vodka division and Jack was the owner of the Cock n’ Bull pub who also happened to make homemade ginger beer. After a couple of drinks, John and Rudolph started brainstorming ways they could convince consumers to drink and buy more of their vodka since it wasn’t flying off the shelves after the Smirnoff acquisition. Jack chimed in with a similar problem stating that he was trying to figure out a way to sell more of his homemade ginger beer because he had cases of it aging in his pub’s basement. One drink later and the three gentlemen conceived the idea to create a cocktail using vodka and ginger beer – the Moscow Mule was born!

Why the Copper Mug?

Many people think the Moscow Mule was traditionally served in a copper mug because the copper keeps the drink colder for a longer amount of time when compared to glass. Many also confuse the reason for the copper mug and the Moscow Mule marriage with the fact that the lime juice’s acidity tastes much more crisp and sharp against the copper cup. These are both just two of the serendipitous benefits of using a copper mug to serve the Moscow Mule. The true origin of the Moscow Mule copper mug is due to John Martin’s sales genius. John, being the businessman he was, knew that his vodka wouldn’t sell just because he created a new cocktail; he had to create a marketing campaign. He decided to use the copper mug as the vessel to display and differentiate his cocktail, partly because no other cocktail used a copper mug as its proper drinkware. Fast forward to today and we all know the success of John’s marketing campaign; everywhere you go the Moscow Mule is served in a copper mug.

Moscow Mule Recipe

So, you love the story of the Moscow Mule and now you want to enjoy this classic cocktail? Perfect, we have the original recipe just for you! First, you’ll need a set of copper mugs. Then, you only need three ingredients.

Ingredients (makes 1 serving)
  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 6 oz. ginger beer
  • ¼ oz fresh lime juice


First, squeeze the fresh lime juice into your copper mug, swirl the lime juice to coat the inside of the mug and drop the lime wedge into your mug. Add a few ice cubes and the vodka into your mug. Next, add the ginger beer and stir with a barspoon for a few seconds. Now, sit back and enjoy this cocktail with a kick!