Cocktail Corner: Moscow Mule

These days, you’ll find copper mugs brimming with frosty cocktails everywhere. More often than not, the mixture inside is an ice-cold Moscow Mule. Invented in 1941 by John Martin of Heublein Spirits and Hollywood bar owner Jack Morgan, who made his own ginger beer, the Moscow Mule introduced Smirnoff vodka and ginger beer to the masses. The tradition of serving the drink in a copper mug came about as a marketing scheme. Using the recently invented Polaroid camera, Martin traveled around the country taking photos of bartenders holding a copper Moscow Mule mug and a bottle of Smirnoff vodka. Martin left one photo with the bartender and brought another to his next destination to show them what the competition was selling. Here at the WAC, we elevate this classic with Rachel’s Ginger Beer and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Mix one up yourself or let us do the work in Torchy’s or Hagerty’s.

Moscow Mule

  • 1½ oz. Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • ½ oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 3 oz. Rachel’s Ginger Beer

Combine ingredients in a copper mug filled with ice. Relax and enjoy.

—Rose Andres is a bartender at Torchy’s and Hagerty’s.

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