Dating back to 1941 the Moscow Mule garners its name sake from the perception of Vodka as a predominantly Russian product (but isn’t actually Russian at all). Yet the history of the drink actually dates back a few years previous to 1939 when a struggling Russian ex-pat sold Smirnoff to the head of G.F Heublein & Bros, a well know beverage distributor in New York. At the time, Gin was the number one clear spirit on the market, however the immediate popularity of the Moscow Mule inspired a national tour to promote Vodka, showcasing the copper clad cocktail and quickly bumping Gin to the backseat. Although it had its moment in the limelight, its popularity eventually died out by around 1960 but has re-gained popularity as of late due to the resurgence of boutique cocktail bars as a nightlife staple. It’s easy to make and impressive to serve, a perfect summer sipper!
- 1 half lime (plus a wedge for garnish)
- 2 ounces vodka
- 4 to 6 ounces ginger beer, I like Fever-Tree if you can get it but any will do – Its crucial that you get beer and not ale!!
- Simple Syrup (if you wish)
- Spring of mint for garnish
To prepare a Moscow Mule, simply squeeze the lime into your copper mug (preferably!). Add 2 or 3 large ice cubes, then pour in the vodka and fill to the brim with cold ginger beer. Serve with a stirring rod, and garnish with a fresh lime and a sprig of fresh mint if desired.
For a more modern take on the mule, throw in some fresh Jalapeño for a little extra kick or some sliced cucumber for some added freshness. Shop funky copper cups below.