The Original Mule

About the Original Mule

Holiday Cocktail No. 6 is the original recipe of the Moscow Mule. Despite the name, the Moscow/Original Mule did not originate from Moscow or Russia. The recipe was actually created in New York City in the early 1940s. The original recipe calls for SMIRNOFF™ No. 21 Vodka as the crucial ingredient; the Russian styled vodka giving the namesake to this recipe. This drink enjoyed great popularity on the West Coast throughout the mid 1900s and helped propel SMIRNOFF™ into the limelight as a brand.

This is one of our favorite cocktails, hands down. This refreshing recipe is perfect at any time during the day or as a perfect complement to any meal. Try out our recipe for yourself and see what you think. Also, make sure to pick up a bottle of SMIRNOFF™ No. 21 Vodka this holiday season! The perfect gift addition.


Ingredients in the Original Mule

  • 1.5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3 oz. Ginger Beer

How to Make the Original Mule

Add the vodka and lime juice to a mule mug with fresh ice and a lime wedge. Top with Ginger Beer and mound crushed ice over the top of the drink. Garnish with a lime wedge or wheel.


Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       5 Stars
  • Served:      On the Rocks – Copper Mug
  • Strength:    Medium
  • Difficulty:    Simple
  • Flavor:        Refreshing
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