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DharMag January 2016 Moscow Mule cocktail: the original recipe, the ingredients and the history of a great drink

Moscow Mule in the copper mug, Vodka Buck cocktail recipe The Moscow Mule is one of the most famous cocktail ever made, a pillar of the history of mixed drinks.

And perhaps this is why very few people know how to make it well and with the proper ingredients: no cocktail recipe has never been so battered and misinterpreted.

The Moscow Mule is a long drink with a not too high alcohol content, the refreshing drink par excellence, thanks to the pungent, titillating flavor of the ginger.

Please, pay attention to the original Moscow Mule cocktail ingredients: vodka, ginger beer, lime juice and a slice of lime as a garnish: that’s all!

Moscow mule cocktail recipe, cocktail with vodka ginger beer and lime juice Very often you will find around Moscow Mule containing cucumber, from which the erroneous belief that it is an official ingredient, but it is not. It is a variant and definitely adds extra freshness and aromatic deepness, but is not contemplated in the original recipe of the Moscow Mule.

Moscow Mule’s history

Moscow Mule original recipe ginger beer cocktail with vodka most famous cocktail The Moscow Mule was invented in 1940 in California and is part of the family of the Buck Cocktails, drinks made with ginger ale (or beer), lemon juice and a spirit.

Many think that it comes from the Buck Fizz (Champagne and orange juice) or from the Horse’s Neck (ginger ale, bitters and cognac), which originally was a simple glass of ginger beer with a lemon peel.

Moscow Mule drink recipe, best vodka drinks, ginger beer cocktails With the addition of the vodka this cocktail began to kick, turning the horse into a mule and so the Vodka Buck became *Moscow Mule**.

If we replace vodka with tequila we will drink a El Burro or Mexican Burro cocktail. Kentucky Mule is made with bourbon and Gin Gin Mule with gin, of course.

If you add lime juice to a Rum Buck you’ll prepare a Dark and Stormy. It’s a very big family indeed.

Moscow Mule cocktail ingredients

  • 4.5 cl of vodka
  • 12 cl ginger beer
  • 0.5 cl of lime juice (or bergamot or citron, not contemplated in the original recipe, but highly recommended)

How to make the original Moscow Mule cocktail

Moscow Mule, cocktail with vodka, long drink with ginger beer and vodka Once the Moscow Mule was served in copper mugs, on which was engraved the funny mule, but also a simple old fashioned glass is more than adequate.

Fill a glass with ice, pour vodka, ginger beer, then end with lime juice and garnish with a slice of lime or lemon.

Ginger, cocktail with fresh ginger, Moscow Mule cocktail recipe If you can’t find any ginger beer, mix the same amount of ginger ale with 1.2 cm of chopped ginger.

Moscow Mule cocktail recipe, Moscow Mule with Bergamot, New cocktail galore If you want something new, try this Moscow Mule with bergamot Instead of lime juice, try bergamot or citron juice and you’ll have a fabulous Mediterranean Moscow.

And please, remember to watch our video to see bartender Vinny “Pepper-Leg” Abbagnale making the perfect Bloody Mary cocktail.

Moscow Mule food pairings

Moscow Mule cocktail recipe, vodka drink, best vodka drinks, wine dharma Finger food and various cicchetti, but also try with fish, white meat like rabbit, poultry and spicy foods. Avoid red meat. Recommended dishes: grilled cheese sandwich; spaghetti with clams; hot dog stuffed with cheddar and jalapenos; paella mixta.

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