The 10 Best Vodkas for Moscow Mules

New York City. Cock’n’Bull. 1941. That’s when the world was first graced with the Moscow Mule. There’s some argument over who gets the full credit. Was it the restaurant’s owner or the lead bartender? We’re not sure it matters.

What does matter, however, is ensuring that when you pull out the copper mugs and crushed ice, you also pull out the best vodka for your Moscow Mule. And we’re here to help. Here are ten of our favorite vodkas for making mules.

Belvedere Vodka

There’s good reason vodka connoisseurs around the world revere Belvedere. It’s made in one of the longest operating distilleries in Poland, and the legendary vodka draws inspiration from Poland’s 600-year distilling history.

And that makes for a difference you can taste. Belvedere Vodka takes your Moscow Mule recipe to the next level. It transforms the classic copper mug cocktail into a historic experience unlike any other.

Mr. Tom’s Certified Sugar-Free Vodka

The best kind of Moscow Mule? A guilt-free one. Swap your standard vodka for Certified Sugar-Free Vodka courtesy of Mr. Tom’s Spirits in Fort Myers, Florida. It’s a long process, but the craft distillery makes the sugar-free vodka without compromising the quality.

This vodka is soft, smooth, and, we can’t stress this enough, sugar-free. Surprisingly sweet, Mr. Tom’s diet-friendly vodka will be a welcome addition to your Moscow Mule recipe.

Honeybell Citrus Vodka

Punch up your standard Moscow Mule recipe with Honeybell Citrus Vodka from Old Dominick Distillery. A hybrid of a tangerine and grapefruit, a honeybell packs a wallop of citrus flavor. And it’s all on display in this craft vodka from Old Dominick.

The lime plays a crucial role when you’re building a mule in your copper mug. Old Dominick’s Honeybell Citrus Vodka adds notes of tangerine and grapefruit to your Moscow Mule recipe.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Tito’s has been unapologetically itself from day one. As they say themselves, there’s no frills in the packaging because all the frills are in the spirit itself. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is crafted in an old-fashioned pot still, and it’s teeming with traditional tastes.

A neutral spirit, Tito’s Vodka is anything but bland. Pouring it over crushed ice, you’ll unlock a delectable crispness that elevates your Moscow Mule to new heights.

Wild Roots Apple & Cinnamon Vodka

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Put a seasonal spin on a Moscow Mule with Apple and Cinnamon Vodka from Wild Roots Spirits. Infused with all-natural apple and cinnamon, this vodka has an almost cidery quality.

A cool copper mug might be tied to summertime cocktails, but Wild Roots Apple and Cinnamon Vodka makes your mule a warmer, cozier fall cocktail option.

Port of Entry Vodka

From North Carolina’s End of Days Distillery comes the spirit of refinement. Port of Entry Vodka is made entirely from corn and filtered through activated carbon. The result is a craft vodka that is super light, extremely crisp, and slightly sweet.

It’s that slight sweetness that’ll make all the difference in your Moscow Mule recipe. What’re you waiting for? Come through the Port of Entry and start making amazing vodka cocktails.

Down East Vodka

Down East Vodka is made from the ground up. The Glazik brothers, also known as the folks behind Silver Tree Beer and Spirits, use a proprietary wheat grain grown on their fifth generation organic farm to make this small batch vodka.

That unique grain works wonders on Down East Vodka. And Down East Vodka will work wonders on your Moscow Mule with creamy hints of vanilla and bright citrus.

Buckeye Vodka

Buckeye Vodka is the handcrafted representation of Ohio’s hard-working sensibilities. Buckeye is determined to make the smoothest vodka on the market, so Buckeye Vodka is charcoal filtered with activated carbon.

Though it has some hints of corn, Buckeye Vodka is otherwise clean-tasting and smooth. It gives your Moscow Mule a sturdy base and lets the ginger beer and lime shine.

Litchfield Vodka

The brothers behind Litchfield Distillery set out to capture Connecticut in a bottle. Made with corn grown in warm Connecticut summers, Litchfield Vodka is the culmination of the brothers’ mission. Filtered for 12 hours, this vodka is supremely smooth.

Litchfield Vodka is like a breath of fresh air. It’s crystal clear and incredibly clean. Use it in your Moscow Mule to reinvigorate the classic vodka cocktail.

Grand Teton Huckleberry Vodka

Grand Teton Distillery makes their Huckleberry Vodka the hard way. By hiking and handpicking real mountain huckleberries in Idaho. And like those berries, Grand Teton Huckleberry Vodka is a little bit sweet, a little bit tart.

Huckleberry Vodka brings a certain berry brightness to your Moscow Mule recipe, perfect for when you’re enjoying a couple of copper mug cocktails in the summertime.

Here’s a quick Moscow Mule recipe…


  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • Ginger Beer, to top
  • Lime Wedge, for garnish

1. Add vodka and lime juice to a copper mug filled with crushed ice
2. Top with ginger beer and garnish with lime wedge

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