Moscow Mule (& Variations)
Everybody loves the bubbly ginger-lime-vodka drinks in the swanky copper cups.
One of the first drinks I ever ordered at an elixir bar was a Moscow mule. At the time I had no idea what was in it, but everyone around me was holding a fancy copper cup and my curiosity confirmed my order. With my first sip flavors of ginger, sweet mint and lime rushed over my tongue and I was in heaven.
According to the Genuine Classic Moscow Copper Company, the very first Moscow mules were served in a limited-edition run of copper mugs brought over from Russia in the 1940s. Moscow mules have been making a comeback in the last few years.
There are many versions to this vodka-based drink. Most include ginger beer, which I personally don’t like. My version creates sweet ginger flavors without the use of a ginger beer, but you could certainly use it if that’s what you prefer, especially if you’re in a hurry. My recipe uses ginger simple syrup, which is easy to make but takes a little time to prepare. I also make my own mint-infused vodka, which is best if you make it several days in advance.
The versatility of this cocktail makes it truly an all-weather beverage. It’s refreshing in the spring with lemons and limes or in the summer with the addition of peach or even in the fall and winter with pumpkin spice or apple cider.
If you try your hand at the effervescent Moscow mule, be sure to pick up a set of the copper cups, which will certainly impress your guests.