Master The Classics: Moscow Mule
The Moscow Mule. One of the most well known of drinks. On a given day I find myself knocking out more of these than anything else. When properly made this refreshing cocktail is a thing of beauty.
The Moscow Mule is said to have been invented at Los Angeles’ Cock and Bull bar on Sunset Boulevard somewhere around 1941. The story goes that John G. Martin an executive at the Heublein drinks company and Jack Morgan owner of the Cock and Bull Bar invented the drink together. Subsequently, reliable information has come to light that surprise surprise it was really the bartender Wes Price who probably actually invented the drink. I have been working in bars for many years and I have yet to meet any owner who has ever invented anything. And of course a mareting exec will take credit too! We also find out from Ted Haigh in his book “Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails” that Jack Morgan’s girlfriend owned a company which made copper products, so it was she who probably supplied the copper mug to the equation.
A note on this recipe because I’m sure most of you are going to ask about this in some respect. Ginger Syrup and Soda Water is not a viable replacement for good Ginger Beer. I use Fever Tree more often than not but East Imperial makes good ginger beer and so does Q. If you want to commit yourself to making Ginger Beer let me know how it goes. I have heard some bartenders in the past have made good home made versions, I haven’t run into any that I like as much as commercially available Ginger Beers but I will at some point I will probably make a video on it. Not sure when though. Ok I think that’s it! Enjoy the drink!
Here’s Links to what I use in the video:
Barfly Graduated Jigger: https://amzn.to/2r3slt2
Moscow Mule Mugs: https://amzn.to/2OXiEGf
Here’s a link to Ted Haigh’s book Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: https://amzn.to/2PQedCj
If you’re interested in the shirts we started making here’s a link:
You can also find them linked under each video too 🙂
Here are the specs:
2oz (60ml) Vodka
.75oz (22.5ml) Lime Juice
Top Ginger Beer of your Choice
Lime Wheel Garnish