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Moscow Mule

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The Moscow Mule is a buck or mule cocktail which is mostly made with Vodka, Ginger Beer and Lime. It is a Vodka based cocktail and very popular during both the Summer and the Winter seasons. The warm ginger taste makes it suitable for the Winter whereas Lime makes it a refreshing summer drink. The cocktail is widely considered the drink which started the Vodka trend in the US which began in the 1940s.

Origin of the Moscow Mule Cocktail

The cocktail was concocted in 1941 by John G. Martin and John "Jack" Morgan. While Martin was the owner of G.F. Heublein Brothers, In., a popular spirits and food distributor of the East Coast, Morgan was the President of Cock 'n' Bull Productions, the producer of Ginger Beer. Morgan was also the proprietor of Cock 'n' Bull Tavern, a popular bar on LA's Sunset Boulevard which was frequented by celebrities.

Morgan's beer was mixed with Smirnoff Vodka and lime and thus was born the Moscow Mile. Specially engraved copper mugs were ordered for the drink to be served in. With a few months, Moscow Mule became one of the most talked about and popular cocktails and it has managed to remain so over the years.

Ingredients and Method of Preparation: Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe

Traditionally used ingredients are Smirnoff Vodka, Ginger Beer, sugar syrup and lime juice. Sprig mint and lime slices are used for garnishing.

Preparation time of the drink is about 3 to 4 minutes. In a copper mug, vodka is poured over ice and sugar syrup and lime juice are added. After topping with Ginger Beer, the concoction is stirred, garnished and the cocktail is ready to be served.

Serving the Moscow Mule Drink

Moscow Mule is served in a copper mug, on the rocks or poured over ice.

Variations of the Moscow Mule Cocktail

There are two popular variants of the drink based on recipes followed and while both use the traditional ingredients, measurements of alcohol units, garnishing and serving method are different.

  • Joy of Mixology, Gary Regan: This recipe uses 2 ounces of Vodka, 2 ounces of Ginger Beer and 2 lime wedges for garnish. The cocktail is served in the traditional copper mug.

  • Craft of the Cocktail, Dale DeGroff: 1 1/2 ounces of Vodka, 4 to 5 ounces of Ginger Beer and 1 lime wedge for garnish come together to make this variant of the drink. This cocktail is served in an iced glass.

Other popular variants of Moscow Mule are:

  • Mule's Kick: Served over crushed ice in a copper mug. No fruit is added.

  • Three Legged Mule: Made with Jameson Irish Whiskey.

  • Passionfruit Mule: Also known as Passionate Mule in the UK, this version is made with 42BELOW Passionfruit Vodka.

  • Prague Donkey: Commonly abbreviated to ProgDonk, this cocktail is made with fresh ginger-infused Vodka, Ginger Beer and lime. It is always served tall.

  • Jamaican Mule: The version substituted Vodka for White or Spiced Rum.

  • Satanic Mule: The variant with lemon replacing the lime. Mint leaves are also added.

  • Vanilla Mule: This Moscow Mule variant is served with Vanilla Vodka, lime juice, Ginger Beer and bruised mint leaves. The drink is served over ice.