01 November 2016

No Garnish. Straight Mule.

TWINE by True Fabrications Old Kentucky Mule Mug
File this under "you learn something new every day." Had no idea that Smirnoff Vodka created the original recipe for the Moscow Mule cocktail as a way to promote the vodka some 75 odd years ago.

It makes sense, of course, once I'd thought about it. I mean, one would assume a drink called a "Moscow Mule" had originated in Moscow or thereabouts, or at the very least pays homage to the city, and Smirnoff is a legendary vodka originally produced by a fellow named Smirnoff at his distillery in Moscow (though it's now a Diageo brand). So, it's foreseeable the two things might have a connection. Small World and all that.
The story of how the Moscow Mule was actually supposed to be created 75 years ago is one of those "only in Hollywood" tales, it goes: A Russian immigrant named Sophie Berezinski walked into a bar on the Sunset Strip to hawk her solid copper mugs and met Smirnoff Vodka owner John Martin & ginger-beer purveyor Jack Morgan. The rest, as they say, is history.
Smirnoff Vodka (and Diageo) are currently celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Moscow Mule and dropping knowledge to boot...

Although traditionally made with some amount of vodka, spicy ginger beer and lime juice, and garnished with a slice or wedge of lime, there are, of course, many variations of the recipe that have arisen over the cocktail's 75-year history.
Moscow Mule (or Vodka Buck)

  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces vodka
  • 1/2 fluid ounce lime juice
  • ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup ginger beer
  • 1 lime wedge for garnish
  • Happy Birthday to the Moscow Mule! Cheers!

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