The other day I mentioned the Moscow Mule as an ideal summer cocktail.
Photo: Moscow Mule served in a copper mug
Since then, I’ve been asked:
What are they?
How are they made?
Moscow Mules were a popular cocktail back in the early 1940’s (particularly in Hollywood). They’ve had a resurgence in popularity the last two years.
Moscow Mules are served in chilled copper mugs. (I put my copper mugs in the freezer for a few hours prior to serving.)
Of course, if you don’t have copper mugs you can serve them in any cup/glass/mug you want.
Copper mugs should be 100% copper if you want them to last. (They aren’t cheap, so I wouldn’t waste money on mugs that aren’t 100% copper.)
The tradition of the Moscow Mule copper mug:
a) Is very cool looking and fun
b) Keeps the drinks cold for a long time, particularly if you’re enjoying the cocktails outdoors
c) Provides some health benefits (which makes for an awesome excuse to drink these delicious cocktails)
There are slight variations to recipes, but I’m happy to share the recipe I use.
2 oz. vodka
2 oz. lime juice (preferably fresh squeezed)
Ginger Beer (not ginger-ale)
(Some recipes also call for sugar syrup, but I prefer the taste of a Moscow Mule without it.)
Fill the copper mug with ice, add 2 ounces of vodka, add 2 ounces of lime juice, and then top with ginger beer and stir.
I add a slice of lime as a garnish also.
Moscow Mules have a very cool, refreshing, taste making them ideal for warm weather. (Pool, beach, cook-outs, etc.)
What is ginger beer?
Well, it isn’t beer – there’s no alcohol in ginger beer.
Ginger beer can be found (sometimes) with soft drinks. I ordered a case of it online because it isn’t easy to find where I live. It’s got a stronger ginger taste than ginger-ale. It’s a little tart, sweet, and spicy all at the same time. The Fever-Tree brand of ginger beer was recommended to me, but I’m sure there are other excellent brands too.
(Warning: the bottle shown in the above photo is small. It only holds 6 ounces. If you’re going to have a Moscow Mule party – you’ll need a lot of them.)