Moscow Mule | Summer Libation

Yeah, it’s Friday! I love Friday. End of the standard working Joe’s week. Fridays usually mean special plans, date nights, happy hours, and relaxation.   For me it is a good excuse to buy new liquors, try new cocktail recipes, and drink cold beer on the porch.

This week in honor of Friday and it’s recent uprising in popularity, I bring you the Moscow Mule.  This little ditty of a cocktail came about in the 1950’s with the vodka craze in the U.S.  And well, since vodka is usually correlated with Russia it got a deceptive name.  This is not a Russian recipe, but a simple mixed cocktail of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice; traditionally served in copper with a sprig of mint. The best way to describe this libation: it’s the epitome of Summer. And with Gin. Yes, with Gin it’s to die for delicious.

Moscow Mule | Summer Libation

As for ginger beer I’m partial to Fever Tree. They don’t know me or care how much I love their products. This is just honest to goodness consumer praise. Their tonic’s are pretty darn good too. Anyways, if you are looking for a smooth Summer brew, this is grand.

Moscow Mule

  • 1 half lime
  • 2 ounces Vodka (or Gin)
  • 4 to 6 ounces ginger beer, preferably Fever Tree
    – chilled for serving

Directions: Juice lime-half into glass (or copper mug) and drop in rind. Add ice, then pour in the vodka and fill with cold ginger beer. Serve with a stirring rod.

Moscow Mule | Summer Libation

Tip: If you don’t like Ginger too much and/or Ginger Beer – use Ginger-ale. It’s sweeter and doesn’t have that ginger punch, but still delightful. 

Vodka (or Gin)+Ginger+Lime= Happiness


P.S. I’m also obsessed with copper – so a drink that calls for copper-ware… well call me smitten.

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