So here is the small story behind one of my favorite Summer Cocktails:
The Moscow Mule is a vodka-based cocktail with the unusual addition of ginger beer. Vodka was still relatively unknown outside Russia and Central Europe in the years following World War II. Heublein president John Martin had recently purchased the Smirnoff name and recipe for his American company, and he was out to promote his new product. As the story goes, Martin stopped off for dinner and drinks at the Cock ’n’ Bull on Sunset Strip, where his friend, owner Jack Morgan, was struggling to sell his homemade ginger beer. Add to the mix another friend who had inherited a large collection of copper mugs—and shake with a massive dose of publicity and a wedge of lime—and the Moscow Mule was christened!
- 1¼ oz vodka
- 3 oz ginger beer
- 1 tsp sugar syrup
- ¼ oz lime juice
- 1 sprig mint
- 1 slice lime
- In a copper mug or cocktail glass, pour vodka over ice. Add sugar syrup and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with mint sprig and lime slice.
- ** Other tasty additions that can be added for variety and extra deliciousness- muddled fresh blackberries, strawberries or blueberries.
** Tasty Tip- This beverage will not taste the same in a regular glass- If you are able to pick up some Copper Mugs they make all the difference!
- To all the Mules I’ve Loved Before