This classic Moscow Mule cocktail has been all the rage this year. It’s certainly one of my favorites with its comforting warm and spicy notes of ginger.
It’s been said that this classic cocktail was born in 1941 at a Manhattan bar located in the Chatham Hotel but stalled on the West Coast at a Hollywood restaurant called the Cock N Bull. It was an accidental collaboration of 3 businessmen attempting to sell their non-popular items, Smirnoff vodka and Ginger Beer. Pretty interesting, don’t you think?
Traditionally, a classic Moscow Mule is served in beautiful copper mugs that are both appealing and functional. There is some conflicting information that this popular metal may be unhealthy if ingested in significant amounts. If you are concerned about this you can purchase copper mugs that are lined with a non-reactive metal.
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Serves 1 Cocktail
25 minTotal Time
- 2 oz. premium vodka
- 2 T. fresh lime juice
- Ginger Beer (enough to top off mug)
- 2 t. ginger simple syrup*, or to taste
- Fresh mint sprigs, to garnish
- Lime wedges, to garnish
- ½ c. water
- ½ c. white sugar
- 3” fresh ginger, peeled and cut into small pieces
- To make the ginger simple syrup, add water and sugar to a medium saucepan. Peel a 3” piece of fresh ginger and chop into small pieces and add to the pan.
- Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Fill copper mugs with ice cubes and add vodka and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and a drizzle of simple syrup. Stir to combine. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a wedge of lime and serve immediately.
The smaller you cut each piece of ginger, the more surface area you will expose to the boiling sugar mixture. This will give your simple syrup a stronger ginger flavor.
Have you had the pleasure of tasting this classic warm and spicy cocktail?
See you in the comments,