Moscow Mule Cocktail: The Original Recipe And The True Story


For all of you who live in the northern hemisphere summer is behind the corner. And as the hot temperature is approaching, we feel the desire to go out, have a party or pass a nice evening at the best café or beach…in front of a refreshing and cool drink. Therefore, in this article we are going to talk about the Moscow mule long drink and the true story behind its creation. Further more,  since it can be consumed also during winter, even people from the southern hemisphere can read what we are going to reveal now.

Do you know that despite the name, this drink has nothing to do with Russia? Do you know why this name and why it’s served like we all know nowadays? Today you will finally discover it and the story will impress you, letting you wonder if it’s true or just an idea for a novel book. But don’t wast time and let’s get started.

First of all let’s discover the preparation:
combine vodka and ginger beer in a highball glass filled with ice. Add lime juice. Stir gently. Garnish.

So there is a bit of Russia inside this drink, but things are not like you may think and following the true story behind its creation.

moscow mule cocktail

Time: 1941

Location: New York’s Chatham Hotel

The creators:
John G. Martin of G.F. Heublein Brothers, Inc. (American East Coast sporits and food distributor)
Jack Morgan, President of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products and owner of The Cock and Bull restaurant in Los Angeles (popular with celebrities).
Sophie Berezinski of the Moscow Copper Co.

The story:
Mr. Martin was struggling with the distribution of Smirnoff Vodka in the United States (his company acquired all rights back in 1938).
Mr. Morgan, instead, failed to launch one of his products, a ginger beer soft drink, and didn’t know what else to invent.

When they met that day and shared their problems they “were enlightened” with a bright idea: mix their products together and add a bit of lime. But there’s a bit more. At the same table there was Sophie and she had loads of copper mugs to sell. So she found a clever way to do that: serving the new born cocktail in copper mugs that will become the standard drinkware until now.

That’s how a pretty unknown drink at the time (the vodka) became very popular all over America.

And the cucumber we may sometimes find in this drink? Perhaps an original addition by a creative bartender who wanted to put a bit more of Russia inside. In fact, it’s said that people in Eastern Europe are used to drink vodka while eating, from time to time, some cucumber in brine. Through the decades they created several variations and you can discover 7 Moscow Mule versions here.

Do you like drinking Moscow Mule or other cocktails? Did you know the original recipe and story? Which variation do you prefer? Let us know by commenting below.

Disclaimer: whatever you love to drink, do it moderately and wisely – health and life are not a game but serious stuff.

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