Moscow Mule
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Moscow Mule
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4.63 / 5
Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail with a rich history and a refreshing flavour profile. It is believed to have been created in the 1940s during a time when vodka ... more Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail with a rich history and a refreshing flavour profile. It is believed to have been created in the 1940s during a time when vodka was not very popular in the United States. The original recipe consists of a simple yet delicious combination of vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer, served over ice in a signature copper mug. The sharp and crisp taste of the vodka, the tangy sweetness of the lime juice, and the spicy kick of the ginger beer come together to create a perfectly balanced drink. The cocktail is not only known for its unique flavour, but also for its iconic presentation. Moscow Mule has become a beloved drink around the world and is widely recognized as a symbol of sophistication and good taste.
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(1941)
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Vodka
Garnish
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Lime
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10.29% | 1.8 units *
Details
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Classic

Highball glass

Ingredients

oz
ml
cl
45ml 1½oz 4.5cl
10ml ⅓oz 1cl
120ml 4.06oz 12cl

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Moscow Mule, a refreshing alliance of sharp vodka, tangy lime, and spicy ginger beer, creates a vivacious balance that tickles the palate. The synergy between the zesty lime and the warm, effervescent ginger beer not only enhances the smooth vodka base but also turns a simple mix into a globally adored classic with a chic presentation.

Method
How to make a Moscow Mule

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add the vodka and lime juice to a highball glass with ice
Top up with ginger beer, garnish with a lime slice and serve

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Moscow Mule?

The Moscow Mule was created in the 1940s in the United States. The cocktail was purportedly invented by John G. Martin, an American spirits and food distributor, and Jack Morgan, the president of Cock 'n' Bull Products who produced ginger beer. It was initially crafted to boost the sales of Smirnoff vodka and introduce ginger beer to the American market. The cocktail quickly became popular, especially in Hollywood, partly due to its distinctive serving in a copper mug, which enhanced its cold temperature and added a unique aesthetic.

FAQ

Why is the Moscow Mule traditionally served in a copper mug?

The Moscow Mule is traditionally served in a copper mug for several reasons. The copper quickly takes on the cold temperature of the drink, helping to keep the Moscow Mule chilled longer. Additionally, some claim that the copper enhances the flavor of the ginger beer and lime, making the drink more aromatic and tangy. The copper mug also became a distinguishing feature that helped the Moscow Mule stand out visually in the early marketing efforts to promote the cocktail.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I make a Moscow Mule without alcohol?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of the Moscow Mule, often called a Virgin Moscow Mule or a Moscow Mule Mocktail. Replace the vodka with additional ginger beer or a non-alcoholic ginger beer to maintain the volume and flavor profile. Keep the lime juice for its tartness, and you may also add a splash of club soda for extra fizz. The result is a refreshing drink that closely mirrors the taste of the original cocktail.

FAQ

What variations of the Moscow Mule are there?

There are many variations of the Moscow Mule, each offering a unique twist on the original recipe. Some popular variations include the Kentucky Mule, which uses bourbon instead of vodka; the Mexican Mule, made with tequila; the London Mule, which uses gin; and the Apple Cider Mule, which incorporates apple cider for a fall-flavored variation. Additionally, adding fruits like raspberry or blackberry or herbs like mint or basil can introduce new flavors to the classic Moscow Mule recipe.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of a Moscow Mule compare to other cocktails?

The Moscow Mule, with an alcohol content of 10.29%, is considered a moderately strong cocktail when compared to other popular cocktails. For example, a classic Margarita has an alcohol content of around 26%, and a Long Island Iced Tea can top 22%, making both significantly stronger. On the other end of the spectrum, drinks like the Mimosa have a lower alcohol content, typically ranging from 6% to 12%, making the Moscow Mule comparable or slightly stronger. The Moscow Mule's balance of vodka and non-alcoholic ginger beer creates a refreshing cocktail that is not too overpowering.

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