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Just add ginger beer to turn it into a cocktail.

Mike Pomranz
July 31, 2018

The recipe for mixing a Moscow Mule isn’t particularly difficult: vodka, lime, and ginger beer. The hardest part is probably remembering where you stashed your only copper mug. But just in case you wanted an even easier way to whip up the classic cocktail, Smirnoff wants you to know they've got you covered. This September, the vodka brand will be releasing a new, limited-edition Moscow Mule vodka.

Smirnoff Moscow Mule will be a 30-percent ABV vodka that is already infused with ginger and lime. As a result, all you have to do is pour the mostly-premade concoction into your favorite ginger beer or ginger ale, and your Moscow Mule is instantly complete. Time to start calling yourself a mixologist. 

"As the original vodka of the Moscow Mule, we pride ourselves on our cocktail heritage and on being the first to mix up this cocktail in 1941," Jay Sethi, vice-president, Smirnoff at Diageo North America, said in a statement. "Now, over 75 years later, we’re excited to announce a new flavor dedicated to this popular drink.”

Indeed, the story goes that the Moscow Mule was invented in 1941 at the Cock ‘N’ Bull when a bartender mixed Smirnoff Vodka with house-made ginger beer in an effort to clear out two products that weren’t selling well.

Hopefully, this new Moscow Mule vodka won’t have that same problem: Smirnoff plans to make it available across the entire U.S. with a suggested retail price of $14.99 for a 750-milliliter bottle—or a lot cheaper than going out and buying a few Moscow Mules at a cocktail bar. (Though, unlike at your house, the cocktail bar will almost certainly know where their copper mugs are.) Smirnoff Moscow Mule will also be sold in 50-milliliter miniature bottles, just in case you want to mix up a Moscow Mule on the go.