Spicy and refreshing, the Moscow Mule is credited with starting the “vodka craze” in the United States.
The Moscow Mule cocktail, was basically, the result of two people’s desperation. John Martin’s slow moving vodka and Jack Morgan’s slow moving ginger beer were mixed together into a copper mug engraved with a kicking mule. A brilliant idea was born. Back in the 1950’s, the vodka & ginger combination became very popular. Today, the Moscow Mule is still alive and kicking… Wanna know how it tastes? Read the recipe below and follow each step carefully:
- 60 ml (2 oz) vodka
- 15 ml (½ oz) freshly squeezed lime
- 120 ml (4 oz) Ginger Beer (I used Fentimans)
Fill a Collins glass (or a nice copper mug as the one in the picture) with large ice cubes. Pour the vodka and the lime juice into the glass. Add the spicy ginger beer and stir gently. Garnish with a nice thin wheel of lime. During the old days the marketers added a cucumber peel and advertised that “the drink had the kick of a mule”. If you replace the vodka with a vanilla flavored vodka, then you will get a Vanilla Mule. Substituting tequila in place of vodka will produce what is known as a Mexican Mule.