Moscow Mule

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by Nancy Newcomer

Did you know that the Moscow Mule was invented in 1941?  Two alcohol distributors, one selling vodka, the other selling ginger beer, found that no one wanted to buy their products. The two sat down at the famed Cock n’ Bull restaurant on Sunset Blvd. in LA and conjured up a classic. Why the copper mug? Apparently a third person in the mix complained that she had a stockpile of copper mugs she needed to get rid of that were imprinted with a kicking mule…a drink was born!  We’re happy it’s made a comeback. It’s gingery kick makes it warming in the winter while the lime flavor makes it refreshing in the summer. Enjoy!

Moscow Mule
Prep Time: 2 minutes, Serves 1

Ingredients:

Ice
1 shot of Vodka

Juice from half a lime
3-4 ounces Ginger Beer* (depending on size of mug/glass)
1 lime wedge
1 sprig of mint
Directions:
Fill Moscow Mule mug or highball glass with ice~ I prefer crushed, but cubes with do. Add vodka and lime juice. Gently pour in ginger beer, garnish with lime wedge and mint. Serve.
*Recipe Note: I’ve made these with Crabbies and Gosling Ginger Beer. I preferred the flavor of Crabbies, but you’re welcome to shop around and pick your favorite.
Proud to have this recipe featured in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of Santa Barbara Dining & Destinations Magazine!
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