Moscow Mules: Where To Find Them in Hoboken {+ 3 DIY Recipes}

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Mix together one part fate and two parts failing businesses and you’ve got the history of the beloved Moscow Mule, which was made in America back in the 1940s. A Russian immigrant travelling to the states with an overabundance of — you guessed it — copper mugs, stopped into a bar in LA and met none other than the former owner of {the then failing} Smirnoff vodka company. The two needed to move their products fast and came up with what we know and love today as the Moscow Mule, served up in its signature copper mug {learn more here}.

Today, the Moscow Mule is one of the most popular cocktails in the country with hundreds of variations appearing on drink menus across the states, including right here in the Mile Square. We’ve rounded up not only the top places around town for killer Mules, but also three DIY pitcher Mule recipes to enjoy with what remains of fresh summer ingredients — gather friends and family and toast to the end of the season.

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Where To Find Them

Jack’s Cabin {61 Jackson St.}

Every Tuesday night, this downtown eatery offers $3.00 tacos to pair alongside a $5 Mule offered in a variety of flavor options.

Onieal’s {343 Park Ave.}

A Hoboken staple, Onieal’s has curated a specialty drink menu dedicated just to Moscow Mules with an array of twists on the classic vodka libation. Mule specials are also offered on Tuesdays for $7.00 per drink.

Turtle Club {936 Park Ave.}

This off-Washington bar and restaurant serves up a variety of specialty and classic cocktails, including a few Mule variations. Take your pick between the classic, cranberry or grapefruit — you really can’t go wrong.

The Dubliner {96 River St.}

As they say, sharing is caring. The Dubliner serves up shareable Mules in an awesomely oversized copper mug with an extra ginger kick from Misunderstood Whiskey, a newly launched ginger spiced whiskey by two NJ-natives.

The Ainsworth {310 Sinatra Dr.}

Grab a refreshing Mule with a view at this waterfront spot. The Ainsworth offers a specialty Midsummer Mule with house-made lavender syrup, blueberries, lemon, and ginger beer. Yes, please! 

The Shepherd + The Knucklehead {1313 Willow Ave.}

A newer addition to the Hoboken food + drinks scene that has quickly grown to become a local favorite, The Shep has created a Mule menu with five variations including rye-based, wine {!!}, gin, coconut. and a seasonal Mule rotation.



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How To Make Them

Triple Berry Mule {serves 12}  

3 cups Vodka

1 ½ cups Fresh Lime Juice

3 cans Ginger Beer

Blueberries, Raspberries & Strawberries

Add a mix of fresh berries to a pitcher and muddle to release juices. Add lime juice and vodka and stir. Just before serving, add ice, top with ginger beer, and gently stir. Garnish with more fresh berries.

Kentucky Peach Mule {serves 16}  

3 cups 1 ½ oz. Bourbon

2 cups Peach Nectar

1 cup Fresh Lemon Juice

4 cans Ginger Beer

Diced Peach + Fresh Mint Sprigs

Add all except ginger beer to a pitcher and stir. Prior to serving, add ice, ginger beer, and stir. Garnish with fresh-diced peaches and mint sprig.

Mexican Jalapeño Sandia Mule {serves 16}  

3 cups Blanco Tequila

3 cups Fresh Watermelon Juice

2 cups Lime Juice

4 cans Ginger Beer

3-4 Jalapeños, de-seeded

Add 2-3 pieces of jalapeño {add additional jalapeño to taste for extra spice} and lime juice to a mixing glass and muddle. Strain lime and jalapeno mixture into a large pitcher and discard jalapeno pieces. Add tequila and watermelon juice to the pitcher and stir. When ready to serve, add ice, ginger beer and stir again. Garnish with lime wheels and watermelon chunks.


Where is your favorite place in the Mile Square for Moscow Mules?

Feeling adventurous and trying one of these recipes? Share your Insta-worthy Mules with us on IG @HobokenGirlBlog or #HobokenGirl!


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Lia is a born and raised Jersey girl and after a lifelong love for the Mile Square, she became an official Hobokenite in 2013. With nine years of experience spanning all aspects of the wine & spirits industry, she is passionate about the art of a well-crafted cocktail. Lia shares her love for all things cocktails through her company, Jersey Drinks (@JerseyDrinks). What started as a for-fun #drinkstagram account has grown into an experiential bar & cocktail catering service offering virtual and small in-person mixology classes, catered cocktails (yes, think: food, but with draanks!) to curated cocktail gifting kits all created locally. When she isn’t shaking things up for her clients, she is either out supporting her favorite local bars & restaurants, catching up on her latest read while sipping a latte, or binge-watching Below Deck. Lia also prides herself on being a crazy dog lady, obsessive planner, and DIY addict.