Highball Week: Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe

Highball Week: Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe

Highball Week: Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe

Having spent a week using only our old fashioned glasses, we felt it was only fair to give our highballs a chance.

To be honest, we’re a bit biased against highballs. In fact, for a long time, one of our rules for happy ordering was, ‘Ask what glass it’s served in. If it’s in a tall glass, order the other one.’ Some of this boils down to aesthetics; we just love the look of a cocktail glass, and the way it feels in our hands. Our aversion to highballs wasn’t on looks alone, though. We discovered that at a certain type of establishment, highball drinks are overly watered down, or drowned in juice, or both; sticking to the small glasses was a quick and easy way to maximize the chances of getting a drink we could take seriously. But we’ve discovered over time that, in good hands, highballs can hold their own with our beloved drinks served straight up. And even we have to admit that on a warm summer day, like the ones that are just around the corner, there’s nothing like the tinkling of ice in a highball glass.

Cocktail Recipe: Moscow Mule

You’re probably no stranger to this drink. It’s an extremely simple drink that you can find practically anywhere. It’s not the kind of drink you carefully sip and make tasting notes about. It is the kind of drink you can easily whip up to bring satisfaction and refreshment to a backyard barbecue; and that’s not anything to scoff at. The keys to a good Moscow Mule are fresh limes, and a good ginger beer. We used a local one, Thunder Beast, and we’re glad we did; it has no corn syrup, and plenty of fresh ginger pop. If you don’t have a favorite local choice, we think Fever Tree is the best widely available, commercial option.


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 lime
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • lime wedge (for garnish)


  • Squeeze the lime into an ice-filled highball glass.
  • Add vodka and ginger beer and stir to mix.
  • Garnish with lime.

Roberts & June