Product Review // Moscow Mule

Vintage Moscow Mule Poster

Hi everyone! Brittany here, bringing you all things Moscow Mule!

I'm sure we've all heard about the beautiful coppery beverage called the Moscow Mule. They're all the rage. But why? Well, I dove into some history, recipes, and the mug itself, to find out if these things are as great as they're rumored to be!

Let's start with a brief history. Contrary to what the name suggests, this drink was actually born under the lime lights of Los Angeles. Sometime in the 1940's, two men were sitting at a bar (sounds like a joke, right?). One was the owner of the bar, lamenting about poor ginger beer sales. The other, an importer of vodka. Being a vodka salesman wasn't the most profitable job, as the country hardly knew what clear liquor was. Whiskey and brandy ruled the roost.

Anywho, the vodka guy suggested to the ginger beer guy that they mix the two and see what happened- and BOOM! Yummy.

So that brings us to the name: to give homage to the birthplace of vodka, they decided to use Moscow. Because of the "kick" of the ginger beer, they used Mule. Ta-da, the Moscow Mule!

Vintage Moscow Mules

But the copper cups- where do those come into play? Well, "these mugs were commissioned from a third partner—the pub owner’s girlfriend, who had just inherited a struggling copper business, and possessed a surplus of the material" suggests the author of the official history of the drink.

I'm sorry, I guess that wasn't so brief. But it's interesting! Lets move forward with some recipes now, shall we?


Let's start with The Original Moscow Mule

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 3 oz ginger beer
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • Lime wedge for decor

The Mocktail Moscow Mule (alcohol-free) is simply the original recipe, with the vodka removed.

One thing I found out while making this- don't overdo it with the ginger beer! The first time I figured I'd just top it off, but it was so ginger-beery that I didn't care for it much.

And I can't help but say it- these cups are AMAZE ING. I didn't think I'd buy into the rage, but it seriously keeps the drinks SO cold. Honest.

These recipes ranked #3 and #4 out of my four recipes... the best is yet to come!...


In second place, the Blueberry Moscow Mule

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 3 oz ginger beer
  • Juice from lime wedge
  • Blueberry Syrup *caution: a little bit goes a long way! (read below)

Blueberry Syrup (it's easy, promise): bring the following ingredients to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Strain into a bowl.

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

One note of caution here, as hinted above, don't overdo it with the blueberry syrup. The consistency of it is very thick, so you'll feel like it's not getting mixed into the drink. Wroong. We burnt the first round with this stuff! But once you hit that perfect amount, it's blueberry perfection!


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Gingerade Kombucha

First. Place. Winner. Kombucha Moscow Mule!! It's so refreshing, isn't so strong with the ginger taste, and is WAY less sugar than all of the previous recipes. A healthy summer go-to. What's better?!

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz Gingerade Kombucha
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 tsp agave or honey (can be found by the mixes in the liquor store)
  • Juice of 1/2 lime

This was hands-down everyone's favorite from my taste testing group. Guys and gals alike! As if we weren't already missing summer enough, this mix really did us in!


And of course, the hero of our story, the Moscow Mule mugs that keep your drink oh-so summery cool. I've converted into a believer! And I've started using it for everything else, too. Milk, water, anything you want to keep veryyy cold! Go figure, I got mine from my favorite place Kittsona :)

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xoxo, Brittany

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