Moscow Mules: Recipe, Mugs, and More

13 Nov Moscow Mules: Recipe, Mugs, and More

Do you love Moscow Mules? Here’s everything you need to know about this beloved cocktail.

Recipe: How to Make a Moscow Mule

Want to know how to make the best Moscow Mule you’ve ever had? Just combine these ingredients in a copper mug: 1.5 ounces vodka, 0.5 ounces of fresh lime juice, 4 ounces ginger beer, and ice to taste.Most copper mugs are 16 ounces, so don’t feel guilty making it a double.

Moscow Mule Garnish

Moscow Mules are great without any garnish. Mint and lime are also excellent traditional garnishes.For something outside the box, try fruits like berries, pineapples, and kiwis. You can also muddle some fruit in the bottom of your mug an extra burst of flavor. In fall, we love sticking a couple of cinnamon sticks or some cloves into our Moscow Mules to give them some extra zing.

Moscow Mule Variations

If vodka isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy a mule. Just swap out your favorite liquor for the vodka. Don’t worry too much about what to call these mules: just tell your bartender to change out the vodka for your liquor of preference.
Want to know how to make the best Moscow Mule you’ve ever had? Just combine these ingredients in a copper mug: 1.5 ounces vodka, 0.5 ounces of fresh lime juice, 4 ounces ginger beer, and ice to taste.Most copper mugs are 16 ounces, so don’t feel guilty making it a double.

Moscow Mule Garnish

Moscow Mules are great without any garnish. Mint and lime are also excellent traditional garnishes.For something outside the box, try fruits like berries, pineapples, and kiwis. You can also muddle some fruit in the bottom of your mug an extra burst of flavor. In fall, we love sticking a couple of cinnamon sticks or some cloves into our Moscow Mules to give them some extra zing.

Moscow Mule Variations

If vodka isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy a mule. Just swap out your favorite liquor for the vodka. Don’t worry too much about what to call these mules: just tell your bartender to change out the vodka for your liquor of preference.

Find the Vitani® Mule

The Vitani® Mule is a delicious ready-to-drink Moscow Mule with a big kick. Made with premium vodka, and natural lime and ginger flavors, the Vitani® Mule tastes crisp and refreshing. At 12% ABV, it’s got more bite than you would expect out of a pre-mixed Moscow Mule.Enjoy the perfect mule at home without having to buy and store the ingredients. Take the Vitani® mule on the road and enjoy it while hanging out with friends, boating, camping, tailgating, and more.

Copper Mugs and Moscow Mules

So, you know how to make a killer Moscow Mule. What about the copper mugs?Watch to discover:🍸 The #1 reason why copper is a mule’s best friend. 🍸 Our rigorous, totally scientific look at how copper keeps your drink cold. 🍸 The 4 things to look for when buying your own mugs.For quality affordable copper mugs, you can’t go wrong with these KoolBrew ones. If you’re looking for lined mule mugs, these from Mulenir are an excellent option.
Die-hard fans of Moscow Mules: we’ve got an extra-special treat for you. Read on to learn about the tangled history of this cocktail and what foods are best enjoyed with an ice-cold Moscow Mule.

The Curious Origins of the Moscow Mule

As with almost any cocktail, it’s hard to pinpoint the exact origin of the Moscow mule. Between competing claims and apocryphal stories, no one can say for sure who invented the Moscow mule.One thing is certain, though: it all started at a British pub in Los Angeles called the Hollywood Cock ‘n Bull Restaurant. In 1941, the owner of Cock ‘n Bull, Jack Morgan, had developed a ginger beer that he was trying to sell to patrons of the pub.A competing claim comes from the Cock ‘n Bull’s head bartender, Wes Price. Price claims that he made up the drink to “clean out the basement [and] get rid of a lot of dead stock.”Whatever story you prefer, one thing is clear: Moscow mules are part of a long history of classic cocktails made to move products that no one wanted otherwise.Vodka is, by far, the most popular liquor in America, accounting for roughly a third of all spirits sales in the country. It hasn’t always been that way, though. Prior to the rise of the Moscow mule in the 40’s and 50’s, vodka was an afterthought at best. In fact, only 2 years prior, Rudolph Kunett sold the Smirnoff brand to Martin’s company because he couldn’t make rent.Not very many cocktails can claim to be responsible for the rise of entire industry. It’s as clear as a triple-distilled vodka, though, that without the Cock ‘n Bull’s creation, the American spirits industry would not be what it is today.

Do the Moscow Mule Dance

Smirnoff made a major push for marketing the Moscow Mule in the 1960’s. They “rebranded” the Moscow Mule to become the Smirnoff Mule. They often promoted it as using 7-Up soda, rather than the classic ginger beer.By far the strangest part of this marketing effort, though, was the Moscow Mule dance.In 1965, Killer Joe Piro wrote a song, sung by Carmen McRae. The lyrics (“Stand stubborn/Stop sudden/Look cool. Turn it on/Take it off/The Smirnoff Mule.”) were accompanied by jazzy instrumentals. The dance was the best part, though.As best as we can tell, the Mule dance was based off an earlier dance from the 1910’s called the “Mule Walk.” It was equal part stomping around and flapping your arms. One can easily imagine drinkers making an ass of themselves after consuming a few too many mule cocktails.

Food Pairings: What to Eat with a Moscow Mule

Feel free to enjoy your Moscow Mules with your favorite foods. We do have a few suggestions for meals that pair particularly well with this cocktail.Thai food and other Asian cuisines often feature ginger, which pairs great with the flavor profile of a Moscow Mule. Pad Thai is an excellent option for enjoying with your Moscow Mule.Simple, light flavors, like pasta or seafood, go great with a Moscow Mule. A white fish gets out of the way and lets you enjoy the effervescence of a mule.Cheese boards and charcuterie are the perfect Moscow Mule companion. Light cheeses are great, but a funky or smoked cheese will also compliment your Moscow Mule.

Find the Vitani® Mule

Enjoy a delicious ready-to-drink Moscow Mule with a big kick.
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