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Classic Vodka Cocktails – The Moscow Mule

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When you start looking at vodka cocktails, there’s one that comes up every time. In fact, it is so iconic that it even has its very own dedicated glass and there’s not many cocktails can claim that! The glass is actually a mug, usually made from copper and the cocktail in question is the Moscow Mule.  Let’s learn more about this classic cocktail and the variations it has spawned.

The original Moscow Mule

There’s some doubt as to who actually created the original Moscow Mule, but it is widely credited to Wes Price, a bartender at the Cock ‘n’ Bull, a British style pub in Los Angeles.

However, it was made famous by a guy called John G Martin. Martin worked for Heublein, the drinks company, and was working to promote Smirnoff vodka. It was a hard sell in the US as people just weren’t convinced about drinking Russian vodka. Armed with his new Polaroid camera, he went around bars, getting bartenders to make drinks. One of them made a drink in a distinctive copper mug – and the Moscow Mule with its distinctive mug was born.

The classic Moscow Mule

When trying cocktail variations, it is always a great idea to start with the basics. Grab yourself a copper mug to get started. The classic recipe is:

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 3-4 ounces ginger beer
  • 2 fresh lime wedges
  • Ice cubes

Fill the copper cup with ice (or a highball glass with ice if you prefer), add the vodka and ginger beer and stir just a little. Squeeze the lime wedge then add to the glass and drink.

Moscow Mule Variations

After you've tried the classic Moscow Mule, dive into the world of variations! Here some of the best from fellow bloggers

Moscow Mules for all occasions

There’s one thing for sure about the Moscow Mule – there’s a variation for every occasion! From the traditional recipe through to summery versions, fall flavours and even Christmas cocktails , there are plenty to try.

What’s your favourite way to drink a Moscow Mule? Tell us in the comments below!

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