Not too long ago my good friend, Monica, introduced me to the Moscow Mule cocktail. I remember having a little laugh when she ordered it for us, and being intrigued by the name (I can be sold on things pretty easily sometimes, ha). It was so good! I’m not a big fan of really sweet drinks, or strong tasting drinks. This one was just right: a little sweet and a little sour. Magic in a cup.
Apparently the development of this drink happened around 1941 when a ginger beer producer and two other alcohol distributors got together in Manhattan and mixed vodka with ginger beer and lime. It was named a Moscow Mule, which was appropriately fitting “Moscow” for the Russian origin of Vodka and “Mule” for a mule or buck cocktail. I had never heard of a drink called that either, but this is when a hard alcohol is mixed with ginger ale, ginger beer, or a citrus juice.
Some restaurants will even serve these delightful drinks in a copper mug…fun right? As far as this copper mug history is concerned, it was more of a marketing gimmick than anything, but hey…who doesn’t like drinking out of a fun glass?!
5 oz. ginger beer
1 oz. Vodka
2 wedges worth of fresh squeezed lime juice
2 fresh mint leaves, muddled
In your glass or copper mug, muddle the two mint leaves. Fill your cup with ice and add the vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. Stir and garnish with a lime wedge and mint leaf.
If you can’t find ginger beer, a ginger ale will work just fine. I do, however, like the taste better with ginger beer. It has a stronger ginger flavor that is oh, so, tasty. Some people don’t add the mint to their mules, but I love the added minty flavor.
This recipe is so easy to throw together and is a fun drink to share when you have company over. You can easily adapt the ratios to make the perfect Moscow Mule for anyone’s liking. I thought I’d share this before the holiday season was in full gear. It’s great for when friends and family are visiting! Enjoy!
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