A Moscow Mule is a cocktail made with vodka, ginger beer and lime. The name refers to the popular perception of vodka as a Russian product and the intense flavor "kick" of ginger beer, served in traditional copper mugs.
The Moscow Mule kicked off the vodka craze in the United States during the 1950s, when gin was the preferred "white" (clear) liquor. The cocktail was invented in 1941 by John G. Martin of G.F. Heublein Brothers, Inc., an East Coast spirits and food distributor, and John "Jack" Morgan, President of Cock 'n' Bull Products which produced ginger beer and proprietor of the Cock 'n' Bull Tavern, a bar on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles popular with celebrities. Legend has it that the Moscow Mule was served in a copper mug as part of its marketing. John G. Martin then launched a Moscow Mule marketing campaign targeting American bars, a strategy that played a major role in shifting the liquor market from gin to vodka.
MOSCOW MULE RECIPE
- 1 to 2 oz Smirnoff vodka
- 8 oz. ginger beer
- fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 sprig mint
- 1 slice lime
In a copper mug, pour vodka over ice. Top with ginger beer and squeezed lime and stir. Garnish with mint sprig and lime slice.
The Moscow Mule has been our favorite summer drink for years. My parents made them in the 50's and we started making them in the 70's! Strictly a summer drink for us, they're refreshing on a hot summer night. We never drink them in winter. Ginger beer is peppery, kind of like ginger ale. We also put lots of fresh lime in ours. We've even managed to collect several of the trade-mark copper mugs.