It's starting to warm up here in Los Angeles, so why not cool down a little this weekend with a yummy, Historic LA-based cocktail?
Let's talk about the Moscow Mule!
As with most wonderful things in life, this cocktail was created on accident and on a whim. Believe it or not, vodka and ginger beer haven't always been popular. Let's rewind to Los Angeles, circa 1941. Inside the late Cock 'n Bull Restaurant in Hollywood sat 3 dudes: "Jack" Morgan (the owner of the restaurant & ginger beer brewer), Wes Price (bartender at the restaurant), and John G. Martin (owner of Smirnoff Vodka). Morgan and Martin were discussing what to do with the surplus of both vodka and ginger beer that they had in the basement. Their solution? Add ice and limes! Little did they know that they had a magical recipe on their hands.
Fast forward to 2017, there are few mixed-drink fans that haven't heard of the concoction - and if you're like me, perhaps you've indulged in one yourself. But, if you've never tried it, this drink is a dream come true! It's refreshing, with a little bite and just the right touch of sour and sweet. Plus, you get to drink it out of a cool mug! Thirsty, yet?
And where does the copper mug come in, you ask? Besides being very aesthetically pleasing, the copper locks in the temperature, keeping your tasty beverage colder longer. Also, if you have ever had a Moscow Mule in a glass, you will notice a slight taste variation. A combination of increased oxidation and decreased temperature enhances the taste of the tangy lime complimenting the spice of the ginger beer.
I recently had the honor of partnering up with The Copper Mug Company, who distributes and sells the most beautiful copper-wares. As luck would have it, they are also based locally out of Southern California (win!). I couldn't be more excited to put their products to use in creating my favorite cocktail!
What you'll need:
Vodka (I recommend Titos)
Cock 'n Bull Ginger Beer (or a similar spicy brew)
Copper Mug, recommended
Squeeze ~1oz lime juice into Copper Mug and place remaining skin at bottom.
Add desired ice (the more the better in my opinion)
Pour in 2oz Vodka
6oz Ginger Beer
Garnish with fresh mint
Stir & ENJOY!