If we’re to believe the hype (and Google search trends), then there’s a new drink taking the U.S. bar scene by storm. Have you heard of the Moscow Mule?Etymology
The Moscow Mule is a kind of “buck” or “mule” cocktail that gained popularity in the U.S. in the 1940s and appears to be making the rounds once again, so to speak.Buck and mule cocktails, old terms used to describe several types of liquor drinks that have a ginger beer mixer, were very popular during the Prohibition Era. Variants include gin bucks, rum bucks and whiskey bucks.Opinions abound, but the most popular is that the term “buck” refers to London’s legendary Buck Club, where many buck drinks supposedly originated in the 1920s and subsequently became very popular in the States as people sought to sidestep the restrictions of Prohibition.History
The Moscow Mule, as the name implies, is basically a vodka buck with a twist of lime and was reportedly born in Manhattan sometime in 1941. Of course, there are many West Coast mixologists who claim it was first made in Los Angeles, but that’s the way it often goes with beverages. One story tells of collaboration between a West Coast and East Coast beverage purveyor, which is likely closest to the truth of the matter.The drink’s most unique feature is that it’s traditionally served in a copper mug
that some people believe preserves the flavor through some chemical process or other, but that’s all rubbish. The mug is nothing more than a marketing gimmick employed by the drink’s inventors that is still in use today – and apparently with great effect.And now, on to the most important part (or parts, as it were) …Recipe
4-6 ounces ginger beer (preferably something with a little snap to it)2 ounces vodka1/2 lime1 slice raw ginger (as a fancy garnish)Squeeze the lime into the mug and then drop it in. Top with some ice and then pour in the rest of the ingredients. Garnish with the ginger slice and get ready for a kick.ATGStores.com
hopes you enjoy this nod to old-timey cocktails and welcomes you to share improvements and variations on the celebrated drink.