Fresh and thirst-quenching, yet a bit spicy. A combination that is loved by many and can therefore be called a true favourite. Served in a shiny copper mug full of ice cubes, this cocktail is also a feast for the eyes. Do you feel like bringing summer into your home? Meet: the Moscow Mule.
There’s a special story behind this photogenic cocktail. In 1941, when the cocktail first hit the menus, vodka was by no means popular in the United States. People didn’t like the taste, as they found it too strong and predominant. Entrepreneurs John G. Martin and Jack Morgan were both active in the beverage industry at the time. They were left with the same question: How do I make people want to buy my drink? Martin was a spirits distributor and Morgan was a ginger beer producer. Can you guess what’s next?
In the bar in Hotel Chatham in New York, the men joined forces. Two shots of vodka, four shots of ginger beer, a squeeze of lime and a string of cucumber to finish it off: the Moscow Mule was born. We can almost hear you think: “Huh, it’s not from Moscow?” No, the entrepreneurs gave the drink this name, referring to the origin of vodka: Moscow. Mule is an old-fashioned word for mixed drinks that contain ginger, citrus and some kind of spirit. Hence the name ‘Moscow Mule’. Martin and Morgan put the cocktail together in a copper mug and that’s how it’s still served to this day.
After the gentlemen announced this cocktail, which was a very smart marketing move of course, the ‘vodka craze’ arrived. This is when the vodka madness started in the United States, people loved it! It seems like this madness has never stopped, because to this day the Moscow Mule is indispensable on every cocktail menu.
New York City
So the roots of the Moscow Mule don’t lie in in Moscow, but in the bustling New York City. A real metropolis with skyscrapers that seem to reach the sky, coffee-to-gos on every corner and honking taxis in the busy streets. And yet there’s no city like New York. The art-deco architecture, the special history, the broadway performances and Fifth Avenue. The city screams creativity, style, adventure, energy and freedom. A city that you do not only visit, but also experience. New York should be high on all bucket lists if you ask us!
Yet, this city can be a bit too busy sometimes. It’s very touristy and the chaos on the streets can be exhausting. That’s why we recommend you go off the beaten track, especially if it’s not your first time in NYC. We have listed a few tips to see all the beauty of the city, without constantly being among the tourists.
- Manhattan is impressive, but the surrounding neighbourhoods have so much beauty to offer too. Cross the Brooklyn Bridge to discover trendy Brooklyn or replace the skyscrapers for cozy Williamsburg full of cute cafes and local shops.
- Try to avoid the famous casual dining chains. There’s nothing wrong with a visit to TGI Fridays, but there are so many unique and good restaurants in New York! Simply walk through the streets until you come across something nice, or check out what’s nearby on your smartphone. This way you can taste the real flavours of the city!
- Central Park is beautiful, but New York has more parks to offer. How about Bryant Park? Small but cozy. Or the Flushing Meadows Corona Park (yes, that really is what it’s called) in Queens, where there’s a lot to see. Here you’ll find the famous Unisphere, a huge stainless steel globe, and you can visit the Queens Zoo and the stadium of the New York Mets.
Does the city that never sleeps have a spot on your travel bucket list now? That’s what we hoped for! Unfortunately, planning a city trip to this amazing city has to wait, so we’ve looked up the recipe for the trendy Moscow Mule. This way you can enjoy a piece of New York at home while until we can travel again!
What do you need?
- 45 ml - 2 shots - vodka
- 120 ml ginger beer
- ½ lime for fresh juice and garnish
- Cucumber and sprig of mint
- Optionally, 1 bar spoon (5ml) sugar syrup
- Ice cubes
- Copper mug
Fill the copper mug with ice cubes. Pour the two shots of vodka into the mug and squeeze the lime over the mug (keep some slices for garnish). Fill the mug with the ginger beer. If you like sweeter cocktails, you can now mix the spoonful of sugar syrup into the drink. Use a vegetable peeler to scrape a string off the cucumber. Then garnish the cocktail with the cumcumber, 1 to 2 slices of lime and a sprig of fresh mint. That’s the Moscow Mule: cheers!
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