Let us be honest; we might not drink cocktails for our health and would rather go for drink concoctions that are mixed with fruit and vegetable. However, have you ever tried Moscow Mule? Moscow Mule is better choice for those who put health before anything else; since the recipe will help you avoid some kind of sugar-induced hangover.
It is made with natural ingredients and sweeteners. You can even add plenty of healthy drink ideas to the classic recipe of Moscow Mule too. In this article, I have gathered 7 facts of Moscow Mule for those who have not tried it yet. So, keep on reading.
1. Classic Cocktail
Moscow Mule is one of the oldest and most versatile drinks in the world, for its creation dated back to the late 19th century. The ginger beer has always been the distinct characteristic of Moscow Mule. However, the bartenders often create its spicy character in a more concentrated form with the help of ginger syrup, and then use the fresh elements like fresh fruit and liqueurs in order to raise the flavor ante.
2. Legendary Drink
The vodka-based Moscow Mule has inspired most riffs, because of its iconic status in pop culture. It all thanks to a brilliant marketing campaign done in the mid-20th century. The Moscow Mule became inseparably linked to its namesake copper mug which effectively marked the first time a particular drink would be used to promote a spirit. It also thanks to the celebrity-driven advertisements of “Mule Parties,” the vodka-based Moscow Mule has gone on to supplant both whiskey and gin as the country’s very spirit, a title it would hold until the latter part of the generation.
3. Name Origin
Where did the name come from? No one really knows where it came from, but the “Moscow” part possibly came from the fact that at that time, American people earnestly associated vodka with Russian people. Some historians of drinks say the word “mule” is a tribute to the “kick” of the ginger, although it somehow sounds like a stretch.
But, still, something about “Moscow” and “Mule” worked, even if the “Mule” holds no Russian aspect. It does not matter where the name came from; the Moscow Mule still had that instant branding power that it became such an iconic force that both the drink and the copper mug are now inseparable. And it is the drink’s awesome and throw-back branding that no doubt helps it gain even more popularity in today’s era.
4. Experimental Drink
There are many pubs and bars that keep adding more and more innovation to Moscow Mule’s classic recipe as they see fit. For example, The Underdog bar in Manhattan has created a Mezcal Mule, while restaurant called LongHorn Steakhouse has crafted a Montana Mule with bourbon. The innovations for cocktails made with ginger beer and citrus are endless. However, what really sticks about the Moscow Mule is its taste. The Moscow Mule does not taste like alcohol, yet it still has some kind of culinary substance. It is really refreshing and light, but still has personality to it.
One of many benefits you can receive from using copper mug while sipping Moscow Mule is the temperature. For centuries, it has been commonly known that the chilled drinks in copper mugs give the drinkers an extra-cool sensation. It is because the metal from the mug quickly takes on the icy temperature of the drink. The rim of the mug becomes chilly almost immediately, giving an extra-cool sensation on the lips. The cold metal is highly effective at isolating the cold temperature of the drink, thus it is especially good for drinking during hot summer days, and diverting the heat from the sun. In addition, the handle of the copper mug helps maintain the drink temperature, as well as keep the higher body temperature of your hand away from the surface of the mug so that the Moscow Mule still stays chilly inside.
- Taste of Copper Mug
The taste benefits you can get from sipping the Moscow Mule out of copper mug are a bit more subjective and vary from person to person. However, there are clear hints that using copper mugs for Moscow Mule can up the individual flavors of the ginger beer, vodka, and fresh lime. Some scientists say that when the vodka touches the walls of the copper mug, the copper will start to oxidize, slightly pushing the aroma and strengthening the taste of the vodka.
Cold copper also has an inclination to intensify the amount of bubbles in the carbonated ginger beer, bringing maximum frenzy to the Moscow Mule, when compared to being served in a regular plastic or glass container. The fresh lime juice is also brought to life by the extra-chilly copper, enhancing the tangy citrus notes and decreasing the acidity to better complement the spicy ginger beer. When those three flavors arrive at their maximum potential, they can work together to prove that the Moscow Mule really deserves its spot among classic American cocktails.
- American Cocktail
In spite of the name “Moscow Mule” and its main ingredient, Moscow Mule is not actually from Russia. It is a classic American cocktail, which was cooked up in Manhattan in 1941 for the first time by three men in the beverage business: one a distributor, one a ginger beer maker, and one a vodka maker. They wondered what it would taste like to add a few shots of vodka to a ginger beer and a little squeeze of fresh lime. It turned out that it tasted exceptionally good. The name “Moscow Mule” came from their location at the Chatham Hotel which is the birthplace of “Little Moscow”.
So, those are 7 facts of Moscow Mule for those who have not tried it yet. Are you ready to sip one now?