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The Ever Popular Moscow Mule

Posted by Boelter Beverage on June 14, 2018

Though it’s over 75 years old, the Moscow Mule is one of the nation’s most popular cocktails. In 2017, it was the most Googled drink in the United States, surpassing even the beloved margarita. 

One of the reasons is because it combines smooth vodka with ice-cold, spicy ginger beer and lime – all in a memorable copper mug. Ginger beer doesn’t taste the same without the copper mug, which highlights the sweet-and-spicy taste of the beverage. Here, learn more about your favorite drink with some of the most interesting tidbits about this drink's storied past and present.

The Power of Threes

Back in the 1940s, when the cocktail was invented, bars were just trying to get Americans to drink vodka. (Hint: they didn’t like it much). No one more than John G. Martin, the owner of Smirnoff Vodka.

Martin wanted to find a way to make Americans drink vodka, so he teamed up with Jack Morgan, the owner of a Los Angeles British pub called Cock n’ Bull. Morgan had too much ginger beer he couldn’t sell.

Sophie Berezinski came to California with 2,000 copper mugs she’d designed in her father’s Soviet Union copper shop. She couldn’t find anyone interested in purchasing her wares – until she came upon a vodka magnate and a British pub owner trying to make their new drink more recognizable.

The trio paired their three unwanted items into something everybody did want: the Moscow Mule.

The Copper Mug

Now, Moscow Mules, and particularly the iconic copper mugs they’re served in, are anything but unwanted. 

Not only are drinkers expecting the smooth taste of ginger beer, they’re also expecting to receive their drinks in copper mugs. A lot of bars also sell branded copper mugs to guests who can’t get enough of this well-loved drink.

Why copper? 

While copper mugs do make Moscow Mule drinkers look cool, they also serve a purpose. Copper interacts with ginger beer to create more bubbles, the reason the drink tastes different in a copper mug than a glass or plastic one. Copper also keeps the drink cool. 

More about Mugs 

1. The original Moscow Mule copper mugs were brought to the states from the Soviet Union.
2. Mugs come in glossy or brushed finishes, and they can be embossed or engraved.

Size Matters

Boelter Copper Moscow Mule Mugs come in sizes from 10 ounces to 18 ounces, increasing by two ounces each size up. These differing sizes let you accommodate Moscow Mule drinkers with many different tastes.

Irish, Kentucky, and Mexican – the Mule Goes International 

Boelter Moscow Mule Infographic

While the Moscow Mule gets its name from its Russian vodka, you can still make a mule with different spirits and twists. Here are a few of our favorites:

1. Swap vodka for Irish whiskey and you'll have yourself an Irish Mule
2. Instead of vodka, use bourbon and garnish with mint for a Kentucky Mule
3. Add jalapeño pepper slices and replace the vodka with tequila for a spicy Mexican Mule


Learn everything about pairing your beers or spirits with the right custom glassware to keep customers drinking out of your glass!

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