Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule

Ingredients:
50ml Ketel One Vodka
20ml Fresh Lime Juice
200ml Ginger Beer
Pour the vodka and the lime juice into a highball glass. Finish by adding the ginger beer. Garnish with a wedge of lime in the glass. Add a stirrer and serve.

The idea for the Moscow Mule came about in 1941 when Heublein & Co, USA acquired the US rights to Smirnoff vodka on the West Coast. The company was looking for a way to compete with gin. An employee, John Martin, was at the Cock 'n' Bull Saloon in Los Angeles and the owner was complaining about being stuck with too much ginger beer. The two enterprising men mixed Smirnoff with ginger beer, added a dash of lime juice and created the Moscow Mule. For a bit of theatre, it was originally served in a distinctive copper mug. During World War II, Heublein suspended his campaign. In 1947, the cocktail was re-launched with the catchy advertising slogan: "It leaves you breathless". The campaign caught people's imaginations. Some bartenders add a dash of aromatic bitter to this drink.