The Moscow Mule. Holy moly what have I been missing?
Ginger beer, vodka, and lime on ice: Simple, fresh, and oh so easy to drink.
Traditionally, this libation is served in a copper cup. In fact, the drink’s inception in the early 1940s actually derives from a marketing ploy by Cock n’ Bull ginger beer, who distributed copper cups (which at the time, was an over produced house-ware) with their namesake on them in cahoots with Smirnoff Vodka to promote their under-performing beverages. I guess it worked! There are tons of recipes for this classic cocktail online, and I have looked through dozens, finding that some recipes for the Moscow Mule not only suggest a copper cup, but require it.
Do you know how hard it is to find a copper drinking cup in Halifax?
After days of hunting through the city and countless bewildered looking sales associates, I have resigned to the fact that I have to purchase copper cups online (thank goodness for Etsy). For the record there are lots of recipes that suggest a simple collins glass to hold this beloved cocktail, but while I wait patiently for my copper cups, I am still downing those Moscow Mules on my patio (in a sweater and slippers, but I am out there). In the meantime, here’s my recipe for Moscow Mules:
(Makes one cocktail)
- Collins glass (or any larger cocktail glass) filled with ice
- 1 oz Vodka
- Juice of 1 Lime (about 1 oz) and wedge to garnish
- Ginger Beer (Propeller Ginger Beer is the best around)
- 1 teaspoon of Simple Syrup (You can make your own from this recipe, but I find that President’s Choice Black Label simple syrup is pretty good in a pinch)
- Pour 1 oz vodka over glass of ice
- Add lime juice
- Top off glass with ginger beer
- Finish with 1tsp of simple syrup
- Stir, garnish, and enjoy!