The Moscow Mule’s one of the easiest and most refreshing cocktails you can make! It’s a deliciously simple drink that’s perfectly suited for any occasion. The Mule offers a sharp ginger taste, dash of lime, and a reliable base of vodka served in a traditional copper mug.
History of the Moscow Mule
The Moscow Mule propelled vodka’s popularity in the United States to new heights in the mid-20th century. A surplus of ginger beer and the not-yet popular Smirnoff vodka inspired a collaboration between John Martin of the Heublein & Brothers import company and Jack Morgan, the owner of the Cock ‘n’ Bull in Hollywood, CA to make an invigorating cocktail.
The two men cultivated a combination of fizzy ginger beer and stout vodka that’s stood the test of time, but they can’t take all the credit. The Moscow Mule’s hallmark copper mug came about thanks to a Russian immigrant named Sophie Berezinski. Her father owned and operated a copper factory in Russia. Sophie created the design of the original mug that’s now broadly attributed to the Moscow Mule cocktail, while her father manufactured them. It’s told they weren’t as good at selling the mugs as they were at making them. So they brought their product to the United States to search for buyers.
The signature vessel of the Moscow Mule found its home the day Sophie ventured into the Cock ‘n’ Bull with her solid copper mugs. The copper mugs were perfect in tandem with the Mule, they kept the drink properly chilled while enhancing its flavor and aroma. This dynamic combination of refreshing ingredients in a distinct copper mug has kept us coming back for more and more ever since!
What’s in a Moscow Mule?
The quality of the ingredients will have a big on impact on the quality of the cocktail, so it’s important to choose wisely. The authenticity of Smirnoff vodka makes it a great choice, reserved for the purist. I recommend Tito’s Handmade vodka. The spirit’s an excellent American vodka that’s well-priced and widely available throughout the United States. It’s a personal favorite and a fraction of the price premium European vodkas cost. The Moscow Mule doesn’t require a Grey Goose or Belvedere to be of quality. Of course, you’re welcome to indulge if you prefer. But if you buy a 1.75L plastic bottle of bottom-shelf vodka, you’re probably not doing yourself or the Mule any justice.
The best part of the Moscow Mule’s the ginger beer. The best is homemade! You can make your own ginger beer concentrate that’s both fun and exciting to prepare. If you want to try, I found a very well written article about how it’s done. Check it out here! But if your looking for a quicker option…here’s a list of 5 great brands I recommend:
- 1. Barritt’s Original Ginger Beer
- 2. Bundaberg Ginger Beer
- 3. Fever-Tree Premium Ginger Beer
- 4. Q Mixers Ginger Beer
- 5. Reeds Ginger Brew (Extra)
Lime juice adds a perfect citrusy twist to the Moscow Mule and helps balance the ginger. You can easily find bottled juice at any local grocery store. But freshly-squeezed juice is always best! Bottled juice often sits on the store shelf for days, weeks, or even months. This aging process allows the juice to oxidize in the bottle, and replaces once natural and vibrant flavors with a bitter, less palatable substitute. So grab yourself a handheld citrus press and squeeze away; it’ll make the process so much easier and the cocktail taste that much better!
Note: On average, 1 lime produces 1 fl oz of juice conservatively, something to keep in mind when preparing ingredients.
If you want a sweetened Moscow Mule, try adding 1 tsp of agave syrup or 1/3 fl oz of simple syrup per serving! It’s a delicious touch!!! Remember, agave syrup contains approximately twice the amount of sugar and calories as simple syrup so a little bit goes a long way. Mix the agave syrup in with the spoon used to stir the cocktail. You can also try muddling various fruits like blueberries, strawberries, or grapefruit into the cocktail. It’ll add an endless array of options to customize the Mule; muddle ingredients in the bottom of the mug first before adding liquid ingredients.
Moscow Mule Variations!
The Moscow Mule’s a classic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spruce it up a bit with a few twists to the recipe!
- Kentucky Mule: swap vodka for bourbon
- Glasgow/Scottish Mule: swap vodka for Scotch whiskey
- Irish Mule: swap vodka for Irish whiskey
- Gin Gin Mule: swap vodka for gin
- Mexican Mule: swap vodka for blanco tequila
- Mezcal Mule: swap vodka for mezcal
- Dark & Stormy: swap vodka for dark rum
How to Make a Moscow Mule
The best Moscow Mule Recipe! A delicious blend of ginger beer and vodka served in a traditional copper mug.
*Nutrition information is approximate and varies depending upon ingredients used.
- Category: Cocktail
- Serving Size: 1-3
- Calories: 190
Keywords: Moscow Mule, Vodka, Ginger Beer, Lime
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