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Noted for its full-bodied and robust taste, the Moscow Mule, the Drink of Champions, is legendary.
This unbelievably smooth and uniquely versatile cocktail is unparalleled in flavor, aroma and presentation.
Despite its clever name and main ingredient, the Moscow Mule does not come from Moscow. In fact, this popular cocktail is quintessentially American.
The Truth Behind the Legend
Although its origins and history have been slightly altered over time, the legend of the Moscow Mule is also includes a brief history lesson on another little known drink at the time–vodka.
During the early 1930s Jon Martin, a food and drink importer, wanted to cash in on the next big cocktail trend, but he needed a gimmick. He needed something to set him apart from his competitors.
Martin bought a small, virtually unknown vodka distillery. This virtually unknown distillery just happened to be Smirnoff Vodka. During this period very few Americans had even heard of vodka. Whiskey and Gin and were the preferred drinks at the time.
Pour the recommended ounces of Smirnoff Vodka and ginger beer into a copper mug, or high-ball glass. Add ice and lime wedge. Mix together well to avoid ginger sediment from resting at the bottom. The Moscow Mule is best served cold and on ice.
Martin's ambition would eventually find him in Hollywood. After a meeting with his good friend John Morgan, the owner of the Cock 'n' Bull Tavern and maker of ginger beer, he considered the possibility of mixing the two.
The results were impressive with the drink having a refreshing and lingering taste.
This was it.
Martin found his winning cocktail. The Moscow Mule was born.
Wanna learn more? Keep on reading.
The Little Copper Mug That Went The Distance
Cocktails are more than just the drink itself. They are an experience for the senses and a feast for the pallet. A drink's overall appearance and presentation are also part of that equation.
Although the story behind the copper mug is somewhat uneventful in comparison to the drink itself, the Moscow Mule is almost always, or at least should be, served in its iconic copper vessel.
While there are variations to its origins, the history of the copper mug can be attributed to Sophie Berezinski.
Did you know...?
On July 28, 2017, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission issued a warning that no drinks, especially acidic ones, should be served in a copper mug. Copper vessels lined with stainless steel and nickel have since become a popular and preferred alternative.
After immigrating from Russia to the United States, she was desperate to find a buyer for her father's unsellable copper mugs. Eventually, after much disappointment, she found herself at the Cock 'n' Bull Tavern and in front of Jack Morgan. The rest, shall we say, is cocktail history.
The copper mug also has a very practical use. It keeps the drink chilled and at the perfect temperature from start to finish.
Mixing it up
How to serve the perfect Moscow Mule:
- Two to three ounces of premium Smirnoff Vodka
- Add four to six ounces of ginger beer
- Garnish with lime
- Prep 5 to 7 minutes
Although the original recipe calls for Smirnoff Vodka and ginger beer, there are other variations to make this popular and refreshing cocktail. A lower calorie version of Moscow Mule contains:
- Two ounces of Smirnoff Vodka
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of finely grated ginger
- Ice and soda water
- Garnish with a lime or lemon
- Prep 5 to 7 minutes
Watch this video for advanced techniques in making the perfect Moscow Mule:
The Five Best Ginger Beers For The Moscow Mule
Not all beers are created equal. Here is a list of the top five ginger beers guaranteed to give the Moscow Mule the added kick that it's famous for.
Known for its refreshing and clean taste. Fever Tree Ginger Beer is a popular choice among Moscow Mule enthusiasts. Its smooth and crisp flavor is surprisingly zesty and is the perfect mixer for the cocktail. This award- winning blend hails from Nigeria, the Ivory Coast and Cochin. Enjoy Fever Tree with your favorite vodka or rum. A 6.8 ounce bottle contains 88 calories and 20 grams of sugar per serving. A pack of eight, 16-ounce bottles costs $24.00.
This full-bodied ginger beer is legendary for its unapologetic and strong gingery bite. Naturally flavored with ginger, chilis and agave, this superior ginger beer works well with vodka, whiskey and rum. Q Ginger Beer is less sweet with a little more carbonation than other ginger beers, making it a stand out mixer for the Moscow Mule. Q Ginger contains 90 calories and 22 grams of sugar per serving. A pack of 24, 9 ounce bottles is priced at $48.00.
Although this ginger beer is marketed as the perfect mixer for the Dark 'n' Stormy, Gosling's Ginger Beer is also a great cocktail mixer for the Moscow Mule. Its distinctive and refreshing taste will impress even the discerning of pallets. It's also notable for its long lasting and robust flavor. Its flavor is unique and bold. A 12-ounce bottle contains 195 calories and 48 grams of sugar per serving. This ginger beer is priced at $31.00 for a pack of 24 (cans).
Since 1946, Cock 'n' Bull Ginger Beer has been the popular and the original mixer for the Moscow Mule. Its natural ingredients of ginger root extract and real sugar gives this beer the spicy and distinctive flavor its famous for. This premium beer is works well on its own, or as the perfect mixer for the Mule. Cock 'n' Bull contains 140 calories per serving with 35 grams of sugar per serving. No added caffeine. A pack of four is priced at $24.00.
Founded in 1960, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks are mixed in Australia and come in a variety of flavors. Bundaberg Ginger Beer is made from the highest-quality ingredients including all natural sugarcane and ginger to ensure a well-balanced flavor and experience. A regular size bottle of Bundaberg contains 170 calories and 40 grams of sugar per serving. A pack of four costs $20.00.
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