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

Moscow mule cocktail recipe, cocktail with vodka ginger beer and lime juice 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 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!

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 adds extra freshness and aromatic deepness, but is not contemplated in the original recipe of the Moscow Mule.

Moscow Mule’s history

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.

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 an 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 ingredients and doses, how to make Moscow Mules at home 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. Squeeze a lime and strain juice, then put it in a glass with ice and some lime wedges.

Pour vodka, ginger beer.

Garnish with a slice of lime and fresh ginger.

Instead of lime juice, try bergamot or citron juice and you’ll have a fabulous Mediterranean Moscow.

If you can’t find any ginger beer, mix the same amount of ginger ale with 1.2 cm of chopped ginger.

Which vodka is best for making Moscow Mule

Choose a solid, rough vodka with a beautiful structure. The strong flavors of lime and ginger beer marry superbly with a full-bodied and simple vodka, with a retro cut. There is no need for many subtle perfumes or flavors (they would be crushed by ginger beer), so don’t invest in fashionable vodkas, like Vodka Purity or that wink at the aromas of gin. Focus on a good distillate that costs a maximum of 30 euros per bottle.

Moscow Mule food pairings

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.

Vodka Party

If you are a vodka lover, you could try also Kamikaze, Sex on the beach, Screwdriver, Bloody Mary, Caipiroska.

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