This weirdly refreshing drink was created out of desperation… Three guys, each with products sitting on their shelves, had a magnificent brainstorm. (Sort of a peanut butter and chocolate revelation…) You see, in 1939, John G. Martin of Heublin, Inc. convinced his company to buy the rights to Smirnoff Vodka. By 1946, it still wasn’t widely appreciated, mainly because of its Russian roots. But John didn’t give up! (He really did not want to get fired for making such an expensive blunder… ). So, John did the next logical thing… he went for a drink at his favorite watering hole, the Cock ‘n Bull Pub in Hollywood. Seems the owner was stuck with a similar situation… what to do with all that Ginger Beer he’d been brewing. The two of them put their heads, and beverages, together to concoct the Moscow Mule.
Moscow Mule Recipe
Tradition says that you should serve a Moscow Mule in a Copper Mug, but don’t let that stop you. This fabulously refreshing Cocktail tastes just fine out of a regular old Collins or Pint glass.
2 oz. Vodka
Cold Ginger Beer (6-9 oz) ***
Squeeze the Lime into the glass or mug (some people will toss the lime into the glass, but I feel like that takes away space that could be filled with vodka.
Add the Vodka
Toss in a few Ice Cubes
Fill the Glass or Mug with Ginger Beer.
Whatever you do, DO NOT use Ginger Ale. Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer are not interchangeable. Ginger Ale is soda water with Ginger Syrup, Ginger Beer is Brewed with Ginger. I promise… it makes a difference. Also, be aware that Ginger Beer come is both non-alcoholic (less than 0.5%) and alcoholic (up to 11%) form… I prefer the alcohol (you will find it in the adult beverages section).