The 5 Best Vodkas for a Moscow Mule: Your Essential Guide
The past few years have seen the rise of organic and artisanal vodkas. A Moscow Mule made with Square One is about as healthy as it gets. To keep things clean, pair this vodka with an organic ginger beer like Belvoir and a squeeze of lime.
While Russia undoubtedly enjoys the most prestigious vodkas, Poland has been quietly developing its own reputable vodka tradition. The perfect example is Żubrówka, a bison-grass vodka known for its distinctively herbal profile, along with rare notes of almond, coconut, and vanilla. This much-loved vodka is distilled from rye—making it an ideal pairing for ginger beer.
Mick Jagger once said, “There’s no absolutes in life, only vodka.” And since the Moscow Mule is traditionally served in a copper mug, it stands to reason that the best vodka for a Moscow Mule would be crafted in a copper bottle. As a result, this ultra-presentable vodka is exceptionally smooth (and yes, it’s totally worth springing for the copper pineapple).
Inspired by Dmitri Mendeleev, the Russian scientist who invented the periodic table and established the ideal alcohol-to-water ratio in 1894, Russian Standard is among the five versatile and well-priced vodkas for mixing. While the Moscow Mule may not technically have been invented in Russia, this is still the perfect choice for celebrating the classic cocktail’s mythological origins.
Known for its perfect blend of chemistry and artistry, Hangar One is headquartered in San Francisco (yes, in an actual hangar) and is operated by head distiller Caley Shoemaker. But it’s not just the brand we love. This ultra-pure vodka uses only fresh, seasonal ingredients, and is the perfect match for luxe, natural ginger beers like Fever Tree.
To make a Moscow Mule, mix the following:
2 oz. vodka
3 oz. ginger beer
1/4 oz. fresh lime
Up next, try these three refreshing cocktail recipes with a healthy twist.