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.
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.
- 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.
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.