This mule just happens to be named Moscow. And this one’s made of ginger beer, lime juice, and lots and lots of vodka.
The first time I consumed one of these babies was actually in the wintertime with my uncle. The air was as crisp as it could get during a southern California winter. It was late and I had just gotten home from work. And what better than to be greeted with a cocktail. I couldn’t have asked for more at that moment. Actually, I take that back. It could have been summer. Which is why I am reminded of this zippy drink.
Everyone will call it “refreshing,” “thirst-quenching,” a drink with a “bite”. And all I can say about that is DUH. That’s why it’s so great. And, turns out, there is a lot more behind this drink that I knew. So, the story goes:
The mule was born in Manhattan but “stalled” on the West Coast for the duration. The birthplace of “Little Moscow” was in New York’s Chatham Hotel. That was back in 1941 when the first carload of Jack Morgan’s Cock ‘n’ Bull ginger beer was railing over the plains to give New Yorkers a happy surprise… Three friends were in the Chatham bar, one John A. Morgan, known as Jack, president of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products and owner of the Hollywood Cock ‘n’ Bull Restaurant; one was John G. Martin, president of G.F. Heublein Brothers Inc. of Hartford, Conn., and the third was Rudolph Kunett, president of the Pierre Smirnoff, Heublein’s vodka division. As Jack Morgan tells it, “We three were quaffing a slug, nibbling an hors d’oeuvre and shoving toward inventive genius”. Martin and Kunett had their minds on their vodka and wondered what would happen if a two-ounce shot joined with Morgan’s ginger beer and the squeeze of a lime. Ice was ordered, limes procured, mugs ushered in and the concoction put together. Cups were raised, the men counted five and down went the first taste. It was good. It lifted the spirit to adventure. Four or five later the mixture was christened the Moscow Mule…
from an article run in the New York Herald Tribune
Good enough for me. Another very tasty variation is replacing the vodka with Mount Gay Rum. Oh so good. Cheers to the summer my friends.