First things first: Why is it called a Moscow mule?
We can’t be certain, but the best guess is based off the drink’s two main ingredients: Vodka and Ginger Beer. Vodka goes hand in hand with Russia (“Moscow”), while Ginger Beer inarguably packs a kick (“Mule”). These two ingredients (along with a squeeze of fresh lime) have been traditionally served in a photogenic copper mug ever since the drink’s inception in 1941.
What’s the deal with the copper mug?
Beyond being pretty, copper holds its chill, providing an extra frosty sensation when a copper-housed iced beverage meets your lips. If you’ve heard the warnings that lime + copper = a toxic reaction, it’s true. The good news is, most mugs today are lined with tin or stainless steel for your safety. (And with the old-school mug, you’d likely have to drink a looooot of Mules to experience toxicity. But, better safe than sorry.)
Trends come and go, yet Moscow Mules have held fast to the “come” phase for the past few years. The funky drinkware does a good portion of the credit, though the recipe itself is a solid one. Easy, too. Here’s our mocktail version of the classic Mule, with a medicated twist:
MEDICATED MOSCOW MULE
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