The Moscow Mule is best known as a tropical refreshment – something to accompany a thick cigar on a deckchair under the Havana sun. But our northern neighbours understand that Mules don’t just live in Cuba. Indeed, they’re just as at home in the Siberian snow.
The Moscow Mule was invented in the 1950s by John G. Martin, proprietor of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products,as a way to introduce Americans to an exotic new drink that had only just graced its shores: Smirnoff Vodka.
The stuff proved a raging success, with Moscow Mules seen in the hands of Hollywood starlets and Manhattan socialites. In fact, the drink was such a triumph that by the 1970s vodka had supplanted gin and whiskey as America’s most popular spirit.
Making your own Moscow Mule is outrageously easy. Simply squeeze a lime into a tall glass (although Martin served the original drink in a copper mug, so if you’ve got one of those lying around use it). Drop the rest of the lime into the glass and then fill it halfway with crushed ice.
Pour in shot of vodka and top off with either Schweppes Dry Ginger Ale or ginger beer. Na zdorovie!