Moscow Mule Cocktail & A Trip To Mendicino, CA

Moscow Mule Cocktails are typically served in a copper mug. This one is served in a highball. Simple refreshing cocktail is made with ginger beer, vodka and lime. Enjoy!

Moscow Mule Cocktail with tall clear glass with lime

Moscow Mule Cocktail

Over the summer Alan surprised me with a weekend getaway to Mendicino, which is a Northern California coastal town, and where I had my very first Moscow Mule Cocktail!

Mendocino is a good 4 hour drive from where we are in Pacific Grove.

We took the scenic route, which ended up being a longer road trip that was unnoticeable because the ocean view was so pretty!

As we were driving, I was tying to imagine where we would end up and I was certain that we were heading to San Francisco. I was sooo wrong!

Have you seen the movie “Same Time Next Year” it’s an oldie staring Alan Aldo and Ellen Burstyn.

That movie is basically about a couple that meet by chance at a hotel restaurant and continue to meet at the same place for over 20 years!

It’s a romantic comedy with lot of funny moments that always makes us laugh, which is why we watch the movie over and over again.

Never mind the fact that the couple was having an AFFAIR for all those years!!

Just a minor detail…

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Moscow Mule At Heritage House Resort

The movie was filmed in the late 70’s at an operating inn called Heritage Inn. Alan (my husband, not Mr. Aldo) did some investigating and learned the resort went into foreclosure.

We heard that it was in bad shape for year and had been sold and renamed The Heritage House Resort.

In the final stages of renovations, Alan thought we should check it out!

Wow! I was so surprised. We’ve traveled quite a bit over the years and stayed in some nice places (oh, and some very scary places too!), but the Heritage House Resort is just fantastic!

The hotel is comfortable with some old fashioned charm and located on the most beautiful coastal grounds I have ever seen.

Along the coast there are hiking areas and private beach coves that you would never find on your own.

There were so many details Alan planned during that weekend; picked the perfect room with a gorgeous view, restaurants to try, and once there we unplugged all electronics.

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What Is In A Moscow Mule?

We settled in and ordered drinks at the bar. On the menu was a speciality  drink list and I picked a Moscow Mule.

What the heck is that? Apparently it’s been around for awhile, and the drink is making the popular cocktail list once again.

It’s has very simple ingredients; vodka, ginger beer and lime juice. That’s it!

The ginger beer gives it a little spicy bite, and at first I wasn’t sure what I was tasting, but it grew on me quickly, so I was anxious to recreate it at home!

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More Moscow Mule Cocktails To Try

A couple of my blogging friends have also recently made this drink.

Michaela from An Affair for the Heart serves her Moscow Mule in a beautiful traditional copper cup.

Serena from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch made these gorgeous Blackberry Moscow Mules.

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Moscow Mule Cocktail with lime

Moscow Mule Cocktail

All the traditional ingredients for a Moscow mule cocktail, except this drink is served in a highball instead of a copper mug.
4.63 from 8 votes
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Course: Beverage – Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, drink, Russian, vodka
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 339kcal
Author: Sandra @ The Foodie Affair


  • 2 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • Ginger Beer
  • Lime for garnish
  • Ice


  • Add ice to a highball glass or copper mug. Add vodka, juice from fresh lime and top with ginger beer. Stir, garnish with lime and enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 28mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 49g


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  1. 2 stars
    Te ingredient ratios are fine, but if you don’t have a copper mug available, a Moscow Mule just doesn’t feel right and you should make something else.

    1. Hi Christine! Ginger beer is not the same as the ale. The beer is fermented (although it’s non-alcoholic) and the ale is carbonated and I think the taste is completely different too!

  2. I have been smiling though your whole post. How did you know that “Same Time Next Year” is one of my MOST FAVORITE movies of ALL TIME!!?? I think that your vacation sounded perfect in every way, from the trip up the coast, to the unplugging (EVERYONE should do that!) to the lovely time spent with your hubby. I am adding a trip to the Heritage House Resort to my bucket list! Thanks for the mention, I am so glad you enjoyed this classic cocktail! (Oh yes…and the “affair” of course made me giggle, too!)

    1. Isn’t Same Time Next Year a fun movie! Classic drink for a classic movie! The resort actually preserved the cottage where most of the scenes take place. We got to take a peek in. It’s renovated and they made two rooms out of the one. It was really fun to visit.

  3. I have not tried a ginger beer before . I know it taste very different from a ginger ale and this drink looks so refreshing. After all, my Chinese medicine doctor told me I need to drink more ginger tea as it is a warming spice, so I will drink to that! BTW my favorite photo is the one from the top with the squeezed limes so that is the one I will pin!