How to Make a Moscow Mule Drink
HOW TO MAKE A MOSCOW MULE
The Moscow Mule drink is also known as the Kicking Buck! Usually made with a high-quality vodka, a spicy ginger beer, and lime juice, it is garnished with a slice or wedge of lime and served in a copper mug. Popularized in the 1950’s, the name actually refers to the general public perception of Russians at the time period – during the cold war. I was wondering why I was suddenly hearing all about this drink I had never before heard of and decided to look up the history and learn How to Make the Moscow Mule…
History of the Moscow Mule, According to Wikipedia:
“The cocktail was invented in 1941 by John G. Martin of G.F. Heublein Brothers, Inc., an East Coast spirits and food distributor based in Hartford, Connecticut, and “Jack” Morgan, President of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products (which produced ginger beer) and proprietor of the Cock ‘n’ Bull restaurant on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles popular with celebrities.
The Moscow mule is almost always served in a copper mug. The popularity of this way to serve the drink was due to Martin, who
went around the country to sell Smirnoff vodka and popularize the Moscow mule. Martin asked bartenders to pose with a specialty copper mug and a bottle of Smirnoff vodka and photographed a polaroid picture of them. He took two photos, leaving one with the bartender for display. The other photo would be put into a collection and would be used as proof to the next bar that Martin visited of the popularity of the Moscow mule. The popularity of serving the Moscow Mule in a copper mug has carried through to present day, primarily due to tradition and aesthetic reasons
According to an article in 1942’s Insider Hollywood, the Moscow Mule was most popular in Los Angeles. The Nevada State Journal (12 October 1943) reinforced the mule’s popularity in reporting: “Already the Mule is climbing up into the exclusive handful of most-popular mixed drinks”. It became known as a favourite drink of Reno casino owner William F. Harrah. In his 1964 book Beat the Dealer, Edward O. Thorp did not name the Tahoe casino where he thought he had been poorly treated as a card counter. He said “I went to the bar and had a Moscow Mule”, which was a subtle hint that the location was Harrah’s Tahoe, due to Harrah’s then well-known proclivity for the drink. In the last five years the Moscow mule being famous in Europe too, but from the beginning was prepared and served with ginger ale instead ginger beer. Now the original recipe is known to the most, thanks to many cocktails bar that develop this culture around this drink, one of the most important is the flagship store of Russian Standard Vodka, settled in Milan and called Davai Milano. This unique vodka bar increase the popularity of the Moscow mule preparing the original one and many others twist on classic, all made with the old jamaica ginger beer, according to the first recipe from the 40′.”
This Moscow Mule Mug by Inspired Basics is fabulous! The first thing I noticed is that is comes in a pretty decent gift box wrapped in tissue paper. I like that they took the time to nicely package it for gifting, if you choose to gift it. I went to the store the other day to see what Moscow Mule mugs were on the market. What I found was that this mug was actually far more attractive. The hammered copper really gives it a much more upscale look that anything I found in the stores near my home.
I made my Moscow Mule beverage with ZERO experience. Its actually quite a simple drink to make. We purchased the necessary ingredients: Vodka, Ginger Beer, a Lime and a bag of ice. I used a one ounce normal sized shot glass to do the measuring.
Make Your Very Own Moscow Mule
1 Ounce Shot Glass
1 Copper Moscow Mule Mug
2 Ounces of Vodka
3 Ounces of Ginger Beer
Juice from One lime
(I cut a slice from the middle of the lime for the garnish before juicing)
How to Make a Moscow Mule Drink: Just dump all the above listed ingredients into a Copper Moscow Mule mug that is full of ice! Then, just stir with a spoon and place the lime on the side of the glass as photographed below. (Just cut a slit halfway through the lime so it can grip the side of the cup).
I have to say this cup was quite the talk of the evening. No one at our home had ever tried this drink. Its actually quite a refreshing tasting drink and the cup makes you feel like you are holding something very high end and attractive.
I cleaned it with vinegar, as I read it is best not to clean copper with soap and water due to tarnishing.
Dorster Set of 4 Moscow Mule Mugs
I am so happy to finally get a full set. I kept buying them one by one due to price and what I really needed was a full matching set of mugs. I am very pleased that I decided to get them.
They are made of stainless steel with the outer layer being the copper which is why these aren’t $60. I have to say – I did test them out. I made a moscow mule in one of these cups and one of my solid copper mugs and frankly – the ice melted much slower than in the solid copper cup. So, that means these actually keep your drink cold longer – true to the claim. I don’t suggest using dish soap to wash these or any copper because it will aid in quicker tarnishing or try to use vinegar.
The handles are brass on these cups which is very attractive as well as helps to give the cups a nice, quality feel. They are a good weight and don’t feel like and cheap at all. I am super happy with these cups and can certainly recommend them. They keep drinks cold longer than the solid copper and they are a better price and just as pretty – perfect.
I’d love to know what you all think of this drink and if you tried it after reading my blog! Be sure to comment in the box below and let me know all about your experience with the Moscow Mule drink recipe from above! 🙂