The Moscow Mule has been our go-to drink this winter. It's crisp, refreshing, and helps to warm us up during the cold. The Moscow Mule was first made in Los Angeles during the 1940's to increase the popularity of vodka and ginger beer across the United States. Traditionally served in a copper mug, the Moscow Mule has risen in popularity over the last few years.
You'll find several Moscow Mule mugs for sale that are lined with a coating of nickel or some other metal. Ours are coated with stainless steal so the appearance of fingerprints is reduced, same goes for the handle. Additionally, copper will tarnish over time and keeping your mug shiny and looking new will take some elbow grease. Our take is that the average drinker will not be able to notice the enhanced taste that many suggest comes from using an authentic, 100% copper mug.
Rodney Brazil from Home Wet Bar explains the importance of using a 100% copper mug, but our Moscow Mule isn't traditional anyway since we've added a fruit. Check out his post and decide for yourself whether or not it is important to spring for the more expensive, authentic 100% copper mug to make your Moscow Mule.
The simplicity of this cocktail and its versatility make it one of our favorites: Lime, vodka, and ginger beer. Muddle in a seasonal fruit to add some additional flavor and interest.
Black Cherry Moscow Mule
- 2 oz Effen Black Cherry Vodka
- 1/2 oz Lime Juice
- 6 oz Ginger Beer
- 5 Black Cherries
Juice the half of one medium lime (1/2 oz) into your copper mug. Add vodka and cherries, muddle together. Fill with ice and then top with 6 ounces of ginger beer. Top with a cherry or lime and enjoy!
Substitutions and Tips
- Try using cranberries in the fall or peaches in the summer
- Omit the cherry vodka and cherries for a true Moscow Mule