I have found my new favorite drink for the summer!
The Moscow Mule is nothing new, in fact it’s been around since the 1940’s. (Via Wikipedia:) The cocktail was invented in 1941 by John G. Martin of G.F. Heublein Brothers, Inc., an East Coast spirits and food distributor, and “Jack” Morgan, President of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products (which produced ginger beer) and proprietor of the Cock ‘n’ Bull restaurant onSunset Boulevard in Los Angeles popular with celebrities.
It’s definitely made it’s comeback!
Served in these great copper mugs, they are cold, refreshing and just plain delightful.
I know there are many ways to make a Moscow Mule, but I am going to share with you the way I was taught. It doesn’t require making any simple syrups like most, and only requires 3 ingredients, unless you count the ice, then it’s four!
I love my copper mug, but don’t let the lack of one keep you from giving this classic cocktail a try, it’s tastes just as good in a short cocktail glass.
Crushed Ice, Ginger Beer, vodka and half a lime is all it takes! You can also add a touch of finely grated ginger as well. Either mix it in, or just garnish on top with the lime to add extra ginger zing to it.
Is Ginger Beer Alcoholic Or Non Alcoholic?
Real old school authentic ginger beer does actually contain alcohol. However, most of the popular modern brands like Cock N Bull, Fever Tree contain so little alcohol they are considered non-alcoholic. So in reality, even though they are called “ginger beer” they are really closer to ginger soda, aka ginger ale.
The Best Ginger Beer For Moscow Mules
The more snap the ginger beer has, the stronger the ginger heat, the better the Moscow Mule. Obviously, if you can’t find a ginger beer on the shelves, then ginger ale works too. But, in that case, you definitely want to grate in some fresh ginger in order to increase the actual ginger flavor.
Tips On Making Great Moscow Mules
With a Moscow Mule, follow these tips and you can’t beat it. A great cocktail for a hot day by the pool.
- Make sure everything is chilled as much as possible. Vodka from the freezer. If you have a copper mug, then rinse it and toss it in the freezer without drying it first. Get the ginger beer on ice for maximum chilliness without freezing it.
- Use a quality ginger beer. Cock and Bull is awesome. Reeds works well too. Usually you can find those too in the soda aisle at the market.
- Use a decent Vodka. Doesn’t have to be the top shelf unless that is your preference, but the smoother the vodka, the better the drink.
More Cocktail Suggestions
- 1 lime, cut in half
- 4 ounces vodka
- 1- 12 ounce ginger beer
- ice, preferably crushed
Fill a 16 ounce copper mug or small cocktail tumbler, with crushed ice.
Pour in 2 ounces of vodka.
Add half of the can of Ginger Beer (6 ounces) to the glass.
Squeeze half of the lime into the glass and drop it into the cup.
Give it a quick stir and Serve!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 0g
Nutrition isn't always accurate.