Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule

A Moscow Mule, also known as a Vodka Buck, is a cocktail made with vodka, spicy ginger beer, and lime juice, and is usually served in a copper mug.



To a copper mug filled with ice pour in vodka, lime juice and top with ginger beer. Add garnish.

The story goes like this:

Circa 1930s a company by the name of Heublein acquired the rights to Smirnoff Vodka. An executive, named John G. Martin, was trying to figure out a way to get Americans to drink Vodka in Los Angeles.  At the time no one would touch the stuff.

In 1941 at an establishment called Cock n Bull. Turns out someone made a mistake and ordered too much ginger beer long ago and there were cases just sitting in the basement.  The bartender at the time, Wes Price, decided to special two slow selling products together to reduce his inventory, and the Moscow Mule was born.  

In 1947 the Polaroid Camera was invented and John Martin used one to go to Cock n Bull and take two photos of the bartender holding a Moscow Mule in a copper mug and a bottle of Smirnoff vodka, he would give one to the bartender as a keepsake and he would use the other photo to show the next bartender how popular Moscow Mules and Smirnoff Vodka were. (sounds like old-school instagram to me)  It was also to his benefit that his girlfriend at the time owned a company which sold copper goods.

Today: pairing craft vodka with a well made craft ginger beer in modern Moscow Mules continues to please palates across the world!

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