This week we’re changing it up and making a popular mixer, the Moscow Mule. These drinks have blown up over the past year as a go to mixer at bars and parties.
Making a Moscow Mule
Although these drinks seems to be just popping up out of nowhere, surprisingly with some bars specializing in serving them, the drink has been around since the 40’s, even with the signature copper mug, and was spawned as a marketing campaign to sell more vodka from Smirnoff. It’s still debated whether the drink was founded in New York or Los Angels. As for reasoning on the sudden surge in popularity, It’s hard to say. It could be attributed to it’s recent appearance in a few episodes of Better Call Saul season two, which I have to say is an amazing show, but that is debatable. As fads come and go like diets, so do specialty mixers with the generations.
The Moscow Mule is easy to spot when served in it’s signature copper mug. Although it doesn’t require being served in its signature copper mug, it seems like it’s a crime to serve the mixer without one. The Mule consists of:
- 1 Copper Mug or Highball Glass
- 1/2 oz. lime Juice
- 2 oz. Vodka
- Filled with Ice
- Topped off with Spicy Ginger Beer
- Lime Garnish – or not. Whatever, I’m not your mom.
These drinks pack a spicy punch with lime and, without a juicing tool, can be a bit messy to make fresh. The vodka is almost a subtle influence in the actual taste of the beverage with such strong ingredients. Although we didn’t care to much for the Moscow Mule, we will be inviting Vin back to the show after he pointed out the real key is in the ginger beer that is used. Stay tuned for our Part 2 of Making a Moscow Mule.