These mules are not in Moscow.

To the thirstiest of our friends, never fear. Drinking with Bwog has returned—with a Russian accent! Read on as the Columbia Bartending Agency’s Slavic enthusiast Nick Miyares teaches you how to get your drink on with a Eurasian twist.

Although not among the stiffer drinks, the Moscow Mule still gets the job done—don’t mistake the deceptively great taste for a weak drink. Plus, it was super popular in Berlin when I was there over Spring Break, so if you want to impress your Euro friends, this is the drink to do it! And if you order a Moscow Mule at a bar, try to get some cucumbers added to the drink. They mix well, taste great with the ginger beer, and are fun to eat.


1.5 oz vodka (the original used Smirnoff)

3 oz ginger beer

¼ oz lime juice

1 slice of lime

1 sprig fresh mint

2 slices of cucumber—optional, but HIGHLY recommended


In a highball glass (though a lowball works fine, too) pour vodka over ice. Add the lime juice. Top off the drink with the ginger beer and stir. Finally, garnish with the lime, mint sprig, and cucumbers (which go directly in the drink). In the end, it looks like Mojito, but in my opinion, tastes way better.

PS. We also hear that this is Oprah Winfrey’s favorite cocktail! Future media moguls, take note!