Happy Humpday! It Must Be Time for Cocktails :: This Week It's the Moscow Mule

Happy Humpday and what better way to celebrate than with a cocktail!?


With Fall on the way, I was trying to think about a cocktail that would work well in both warm and cooler weather….hmmmm…… A-ha!  The Moscow Mule totally fits the bill!  

Not only is it a totally deelish libation, it has a pretty cool backstory as well.  The drink was created in 1941 when three individuals got together and took their respective lemons and made lemonade.  



John G. Martin of Heublin Brothers (a spirits & food distributor) bought a vodka still and acquired a recipe from a Russian family named Smirnov.  Only problem was that gin was the de rigeur spirit of the day and Martin couldn’t even give his vodka {then referred to as “white whiskey”} away.

Enter Jack Morgan, proprietor of the famed Cock’n’Bull Tavern in LA.  Morgan made his own home-brew ginger beer, and like Martin, wasn’t finding many takers.

A third person {I tried, but I couldn’t find out who the third was… boo} was at the Tavern.  She inherited a copper factory and had to offload an abundance of copper mugs.

“We three were quaffing a slug, nibbling an hors d’oeuvre and shoving toward inventive genius”. Martin and Kunett had their minds on their vodka and wondered what would happen if a two-ounce shot joined with Morgan’s ginger beer and the squeeze of a lime. Ice was ordered, limes procured, mugs ushered in and the concoction put together. Cups were raised, the men counted five and down went the first taste. It was good. It lifted the spirit to adventure. Four or five later the mixture was christened the Moscow Mule…

- George Sinclair, New York Herald Tribune




Thus, the Moscow Mule was born out of that brainstorming sesh.  What followed was a genius marketing campaign with Smirnoff vodka, Cock’n’Bull ginger beer and the aforementioned copper mugs.  The drink caught on with the Hollywood crew and soon enough it was a smash hit from coast to coast.


How to make a Moscow Mule ::


1 part vodka

1 part lime juice

3 parts ginger beer

Pour all the ingredients over ice into a copper mug and garnish with a lime wedge.


The Moscow Mule is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, so ginger beer is getting easier to find in liquor stores.  DO NOT buy the Jamaican stuff in the green bottles… it just doesn’t taste right.  Stick to Cock’n’Bull or Goslings.

One quick aside, the Moscow Mule is even part of the Mad Men Cocktail Guide, and we all know how much I WOR-SHIP Mad Men!  I just found this out as I was googling the history of the drink.  Maybe I am as cool as I think I am.  Maybe.