The Moscow Mule is a story of American innovation, even with the Russian name. In 1939 an American businessman bought the rights to distribute Smirnoff in the United States. The problem, though, was that Americans hated the flavor of vodka. Legend has it that Americans used to say “vodka” was the Russian word for “horrible.”
At the same time, another businessman had a massive stock of copper mugs he couldn’t sell. The two teamed up at Los Angeles’ Cock ’n’ Bull bar to create a cocktail that would be served in the copper mugs, and the Moscow Mule was born.
- 2 ounces vodka
- ½ ounce lime juice
- Ginger beer to top
Fill a short (rocks) glass with ice and add the vodka and lime juice. (You can use a copper mug to be authentic, but you certainly don’t have to.) Fill the rest of the glass with ginger beer (not ginger ale) and garnish with a lime wedge.
This recipe originally appeared in the Atlanta Jewish Times.