My first attempt at making homemade Moscow Mule went well
Apart from all the bits that went wrong
Not too long ago, Moscow Mule became my newfound obsession and with bars and pubs shutting down and opening back up again on a weekly basis in Italy, I decided my best (and cheapest) option was to simply learn how to make it at home in order to survive the ongoing chaos.
Oh no. Not another emotionally charged rant...
I needed vodka, ginger beer, lime and lime juice, cucumber*, mint leaves, ice and, most important of all, copper mugs. I bought the mugs, did a short unboxing video and got to work.
Because I'm a bit of a simpleton sometimes, I naturally assumed Moscow Mule had been invented in Russia but that's not the case as it was apparently invented in New York. According to a story originally written for the New York Herald Tribune in the late 1940s, the 'Little Moscow' was accidentally invented at the Chatham Hotel in New York City when John A. Morgan, owner of the Cock 'n' Bull restaurant in LA, John G. Martin and Rudolph Kunett, president of Heublein's vodka division, came up with an idea to mix ginger beer and vodka.
The idea then travelled to LA where Morgan's head bartender, Wes Prime, decided to replicate the drink using unsold vodka and unsold ginger beer. It quickly caught on "like wildfire", in the words of Mr Price, and Smirnoff representatives and salespeople began travelling the States to sell the idea, inviting bartenders to pose with copper mugs. But I digress.
- 1 1/2 oz Vodka,
- 1/6 oz Lime juice
- 4 oz Ginger beer
- copper mug (not an ingredient but it's part of the charm)
- don't overdo it with the vodka
- don't underestimate the importante of lime juice
No, really. I mean it. Do not overdo it with the vodka, pouring too much in the mix will ruin the cocktail
Ideally, you'd need 4 oz of ginger beer, 1 1/2 oz of vodka and 1/6 of lime juice but I obviously cocked it all up and the cocktail was far too strong and it didn't have enough lime juice in it. I'd say I deserve an E for effort.
*some people like it, some don't. I do