Let’s be honest, the best part about a Moscow Mule is the copper mug.
Without the mug, the Mule is just vodka, fresh lime juice, a bit of mint and ginger beer.
With the mug, the Mule is the most refreshing drink on a hot day. It almost makes it worth it to be sweaty in the summer … almost. It has become the “it” drink in recent years.
I became interested in Moscow Mules when I purchased this serving set at Sweet Salvage last year at about this time. Someday the set will be given to Marissa, but in the meantime, I’m making the most of it.
The Mule was introduced in 1941 as a way to promote Smirnoff vodka. For the full history of the drink and a recipe that is slightly sweeter than mine, check THIS out.
Since I’m lucky enough to have the copper pitcher and serving tray, I love to make a batch of the lime juice and vodka mixed together and then leave instructions for guests to add a 1/3 cup of the vodka mixture to an ice-filled mug, then top off with 1/2 bottle of ginger beer. Finish with stir, a garnish and drink with a straw.
The recipe below is for one drink. To make a batch, just multiply the ingredients by the number of mugs you have, set out a tub of chilled bottles of ginger beer, write out the directions and let your guests have fun making their own.
- 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 cup premium vodka, I prefer Belvedere
- 6 ounces (1/2 bottle) ginger beer, I prefer Reed’s brand – found at Trader Joe’s
- Lime wheel and mint sprig, for garnish
Fill a copper mug to the top with ice. Add the lime juice and vodka and stir. Add ginger beer, stir again and garnish with lime and mint.
Best served with a straw so that your lips don’t stick to the ice-cold mug like a kid’s tongue stuck to a flag pole in the winter!
~ I speak from experience~