Tip One Back in the USSR

Believe it or not, the Moscow Mule isn’t really Russian at all. The drink was invented when a bartender (or possibly owner) wanted to sell more vodka. Back then vodka was little known, and viewed with suspicion, just like everything else from the Soviet Union. Today it’s one of the most popular cocktails in the United States – so popular in fact that many bars require you to leave your ID with them when you order one, because the iconic copper mug it is served in has a tendency to disappear. These 4 vodkas make a Moscow Mule so good you’ll be saying ’nyet’ to anything else, but please return the mug when you’re done!
Bronze Medal: Ravo Vodka

Bronze Medal: Ravo Vodka

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A Swedish Sipping Spirit

When talking about Swedish vodka, powerhouse Absolut usually dominates the conversation, but you'll probably be hearing a lot more about Ravo Vodka soon. And for good reason, the satiny smooth finish is a picture perfect example of the neutral qualities all good vodkas must have. In terms of flavor, Ravo exhibits a unique mineral quality that pairs perfectly with the citrus in a Moscow Mule. When you're done with that one, try it in a vodka gimlet or vodka collins, and make sure to have your mise en place before you start.

Silver Medal: Platinum 10x

Silver Medal: Platinum 10x

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Ten Times Distilled, No Shortcuts Taken

You would certainly assume a vodka that has been distilled so many times would have an exceptional mildness, but Platinum 10 X Vodka will surpass even those lofty expectations. It's that smoothness that makes it such a perfect base for a Moscow Mule, as the contrast between the easygoing spirit and spicy burn of the ginger beer brings out the best in both. Distilled in the US, it takes on an international flair with aromas of sumac and flavors of lemon zest and horchata, which mixes perfectly in a white russian.

Gold Medal: Old Fourth Distillery Vodka

Gold Medal: Old Fourth Distillery Vodka

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Fourth on the label, second on the medal

A particularly complex entry into this competition, Old Fourth Distillery Vodka has spicy, bold notes that stand out on their own, while the flavors of dill and pickling spice make the perfect companion to a shrub based drink like our very own Chicago Dogtail. Even better, the warm, yet crisp body makes this a vodka you can enjoy year round. Perhaps that's why it goes so well in a Moscow mule – the ginger beer and lime make it a cool summer libation, while the vodka and classic copper mug give it a cozy, hygge element that's so hot right now.

Platinum Medal: Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka

Platinum Medal: Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka

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Fuzzy Wuzzy Caught a Buzzy

Our platinum medal goes to possibly the most versatile vodka we have ever reviewed. Equally at home as a shot, on the rocks, or in a cocktail, Fuzzys Ultra Premium Vodka can do it all. Perhaps the only word that can describe it is 'indulgent.' With a nose of vanilla and royal icing along with flavors of sweet rolls, cocoa, and licorice, it is truly a decadent treat. All of these sugary characteristics are what make Fuzzy's the ultimate vodka for a Moscow Mule, as the dry ginger beer and tart lime benefit greatly from a sweet element to balance them out. Make sure to use a quality craft ginger beer like Top Note Sparkling Ginger Beer – overly sweet and processed mixers can drown out the more subtle flavors.

Bronze Medal: Ravo Vodka
Silver Medal: Platinum 10x
Gold Medal: Old Fourth Distillery Vodka
Platinum Medal: Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka
Tip One Back in the USSR
Believe it or not, the Moscow Mule isn’t really Russian at all. The drink was invented when a bartender (or possibly owner) wanted to sell more vodka. Back then vodka was little known, and viewed with suspicion, just like everything else from the Soviet Union. Today it’s one of the most popular cocktails in the United States – so popular in fact that many bars require you to leave your ID with them when you order one, because the iconic copper mug it is served in has a tendency to disappear. These 4 vodkas make a Moscow Mule so good you’ll be saying ’nyet’ to anything else, but please return the mug when you’re done!

Bronze Medal: Ravo Vodka

Bronze Medal: Ravo Vodka
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
A Swedish Sipping Spirit

When talking about Swedish vodka, powerhouse Absolut usually dominates the conversation, but you'll probably be hearing a lot more about Ravo Vodka soon. And for good reason, the satiny smooth finish is a picture perfect example of the neutral qualities all good vodkas must have. In terms of flavor, Ravo exhibits a unique mineral quality that pairs perfectly with the citrus in a Moscow Mule. When you're done with that one, try it in a vodka gimlet or vodka collins, and make sure to have your mise en place before you start.

Silver Medal: Platinum 10x

Silver Medal: Platinum 10x
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Ten Times Distilled, No Shortcuts Taken

You would certainly assume a vodka that has been distilled so many times would have an exceptional mildness, but Platinum 10 X Vodka will surpass even those lofty expectations. It's that smoothness that makes it such a perfect base for a Moscow Mule, as the contrast between the easygoing spirit and spicy burn of the ginger beer brings out the best in both. Distilled in the US, it takes on an international flair with aromas of sumac and flavors of lemon zest and horchata, which mixes perfectly in a white russian.

Gold Medal: Old Fourth Distillery Vodka

Gold Medal: Old Fourth Distillery Vodka
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Fourth on the label, second on the medal

A particularly complex entry into this competition, Old Fourth Distillery Vodka has spicy, bold notes that stand out on their own, while the flavors of dill and pickling spice make the perfect companion to a shrub based drink like our very own Chicago Dogtail. Even better, the warm, yet crisp body makes this a vodka you can enjoy year round. Perhaps that's why it goes so well in a Moscow mule – the ginger beer and lime make it a cool summer libation, while the vodka and classic copper mug give it a cozy, hygge element that's so hot right now.

Platinum Medal: Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka

Platinum Medal: Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Fuzzy Wuzzy Caught a Buzzy

Our platinum medal goes to possibly the most versatile vodka we have ever reviewed. Equally at home as a shot, on the rocks, or in a cocktail, Fuzzys Ultra Premium Vodka can do it all. Perhaps the only word that can describe it is 'indulgent.' With a nose of vanilla and royal icing along with flavors of sweet rolls, cocoa, and licorice, it is truly a decadent treat. All of these sugary characteristics are what make Fuzzy's the ultimate vodka for a Moscow Mule, as the dry ginger beer and tart lime benefit greatly from a sweet element to balance them out. Make sure to use a quality craft ginger beer like Top Note Sparkling Ginger Beer – overly sweet and processed mixers can drown out the more subtle flavors.