Moscow Mule vs Paris Mule

by Pamela

moscow mule, moscow mule recipe, ginger beer, classic cocktail

The Moscow mule is a classic cocktail that’s traditionally served in a bright copper mug. That unmistakable serving vessel is not only a true standout, but it keeps your drink icy cold – which is the best way to drink it. But why not mix things up a bit and serve a Paris Mule in those copper vessels instead?

What’s a Paris mule you wonder? Instead of the Moscow Mule’s usual vodka, ginger beer, and lime; the Paris Mule is Calvados, ginger beer, and lime.

The key to making either the Moscow Mule recipe or the Paris Mule delicious is the ginger beer that you use. While there are lots of ginger beers out there, the one that really gives you the ass kicking, taste bud drooling great flavor is Reed’s ginger brew – specifically, Reed’s extra ginger brew (it’s got 26 grams of fresh ginger in each bottle). It’s got that real bite you expect from ginger beer (not that sissy ginger ale that’s barely got any ginger in it).

The Moscow mule vs the Paris Mule

Why the Paris Mule you ask? What was wrong with the simple Moscow Mule recipe? Well, there’s nothing wrong with the Moscow Mule – I love those things! But Reed’s got in touch with me and asked me if I thought I could play around with their ginger brew (which is easy to do because it tastes great and in spite of the the word “brew” being in its name, ginger brew does not contain alcohol) and see if I could come up with something a little different. And you know how much I like to come up with new cocktail recipes.

Not familiar with Calvados? Calvados is Fall in a glass – it’s a French spirit made from apples. It’s also called apple brandy, but can only be called Calvados if it comes from certain places in the Normandy area of France. Swapping out the vodka, in the Moscow Mule with this delicious apple tipple definitely ups the Fall quotient in the drink. And wait until you taste the combination of apple and ginger – it’s so good.

I almost forgot the fun part of this post. Do you like these copper mugs? Reed’s has been so kind as to give me a pair to give to one of my lucky readers – so that you can properly drink that Moscow Mule. Win these and you’ve either knocked a Christmas gift off your list for someone or you get your own cool Christmas gift. I think of these mugs as the gift that keeps on giving.

Oh, one more thing. For those of you watching your waistlines and want a skinny Moscow Mule recipe…Reed’s also has a light ginger brew with only 55 calories and is sweetened with Stevia (otherwise the recipe is the same).

So get your entries in and take a liquid visit to Paris or Moscow through a Mule cocktail.

I worked with Reed’s Ginger Brew on this post, but all opinions are my own. And yes, I buy this stuff too.

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Moscow Mule vs Paris Mule
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The Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail but why not update this classic with the Paris Mule. Calvados, ginger beer and lime for a refreshing cocktail.
Recipe type: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
  • 1½ Ounces Calvados
  • 4 Ounces Reed's Extra Ginger Brew
  • Lime Wedge
  1. Add ice to copper mug and top with Calvados and ginger beer.
  2. Serve with lime wedge (allow guest to squeeze desired amount of lime into cockail).

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MyMansBelly December 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Yes Jeanna, if you won you would have received an email.

Jeanna December 22, 2014 at 6:29 am

Would we have gotten an e-mail if we wont the copper mugs? Happy Holidays!

Alex @ Intoxicology101 December 20, 2014 at 10:40 am

Love Moscow mules, it’s a great way to introduce people to ginger beer. The cups are always a cool talking piece

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef December 14, 2014 at 3:04 am

I think I’d be happy with either mule. Those copper mugs are really cute.

Heather December 12, 2014 at 9:50 pm

I think BOTH sound delicious especially with the Ginger Brew that you described! I love GINGER and I will definitely be looking for that!

Dave Simpson December 12, 2014 at 10:40 am

Fantastic to know. Thanks!

Jessibeth Vicenty December 12, 2014 at 9:38 am

I have never had none, so I would have to give them both a try 🙂

Eric December 12, 2014 at 3:54 am

I’m going to have to give them both a try!

nathan martin December 11, 2014 at 6:42 pm

I am all about a Moscow mule. Never heard of canvas but I will give it a shot when I find it. I needmugs.

Lottie Lemmons December 11, 2014 at 5:53 pm

I have never heard of a Paris Mule but can’t wait to try! I am absolutely in love with the copper mugs for Moscow Mules!

Jorge December 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Reed’s Ginger Brew is one of my favorite drinks of all time! I love the copper mugs, they look really cool.

Kurt2 Hoffmann December 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Love the site and Moscow Mules

Kristin Troska December 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm

moscow! thanks.

Bess Witt December 11, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Thank you for the knowledge….

Jeanna December 10, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Had my first Moscow mule this summer and have been playing around with recipes ever since! I’m totally sold on this “fall in a glass” version and can’t wait to try it!

Marsha M. - SOCAL December 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm

I just bought the ginger brew at Trader Joe’s a few days ago. I bought it with the intention of making the Moscow Mule for my husband and me. Now I want to try it with the Calvados, guess it’s off to the market again for me!

Heather December 10, 2014 at 9:49 am

definitely going to try the Paris mule! Sounds delicious!

Teri December 10, 2014 at 8:42 am

A must for the holiday season, will try it with Calvados:)

Thalia @ butter and brioche December 10, 2014 at 2:49 am

YES to both versions! Definitely going to be making both this Christmas!

Ashley December 9, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Moscow Mule!

Chelsea M December 9, 2014 at 6:11 pm

I have never made one before but I think I will try one of these this year.

Sharon Scheel December 9, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Oooh I’ve never heard of a Moscow Mule, but now I’ve a sudden urge to try one!

Sippitysup December 9, 2014 at 5:52 pm

How about a Glasgow Mule? GREG

Bunny December 9, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Oh, yes. I make them often.
Unsure as to why I didn’t, you know… make one with Calvados, but come on – Ginger Beer is delicious any time.

Marilyn Nawara December 9, 2014 at 4:45 pm

I have never had a Moscow Mule before but it sounds like something I might like.

Adrianne Payne December 9, 2014 at 10:02 am

I’m not sure.

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