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The Moscow Mule is one of the favorites among bartenders. Refreshing taste, few ingredients and yet a real eye-catcher in a stylish copper mug. But beware: if you ask professionals what a difficult cocktail is, they will tell you: One with few ingredients. It's less about the method of preparation and more about the balance of the various flavor components.
This is also the case with the Moscow Mule: vodka, lime juice and ginger beer must be in the optimum ratio. That's why you should never make a Moscow Mule by the numbers, but always according to the recipe!
Sounds simple, doesn't it? It is. If you make sure you use high-quality ingredients. You'll find out what makes them stand out in the following paragraphs!
Original Moscow Mule recipe!
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We've already explained what a Moscow Mule is: a Moscow Mule is a long drink made with vodka, ginger beer, lime juice and ice cubes. In the original recipe, it is served in a copper mug .
The fact that the Moscow Mule is served in a copper mug has to do with its history. While the origin stories of other cocktails sometimes read like adventure novels, the Moscow Mule is the result of superfluity: In the 1940s, three people met, each of whom had too much of something. While the first worked for what is now the Smirnoff vodka empire, the second was passionate about brewing ginger beer. The third in the group owned a copper factory.
People now drink the Moscow Mule in many variations - for example with blood oranges.
This gave rise - no joke - to the Moscow Mule. Served in a copper mug, rounded off with lime juice. A coincidence and a stroke of luck, because the stuff tastes fantastic when mixed properly. The Moscow Mule boosted Smirnoff's sales and has been experiencing a renaissance since the 2010s. Today, this classic cocktail is part of the standard repertoire in every halfway decent bar.
High-quality copper mugs are available from Manufactum, for example: copper mugs from Cu Artigiana
When you cook, you look for the best products. It's no different with cocktail classics. That's why we have some recommendations for you on what you should look out for in the ingredients for the Moscow Mule!
Let's start with a well-mixed standard Moscow Mule. For this, a neutral-tasting, smooth distillate from the medium price range forms the right basis for balancing the other two flavor components. It is best to make sure you buy a premium vodka. These are multi-distilled and therefore have fewer fuselic substances - and therefore have a cleaner taste and are less head-heavy the morning after.
For your first Moscow Mule attempts, you should get a mild vodka from the mid-price segment
Once you feel you have mastered the standard version, you can perfect your Moscow Mule with more exclusive distillates. The subtle grain nuances and the special mouthfeel of the highest quality or refined vodkas will round off your Moscow Mule and give it the finishing touch with attention to detail.
For a delicious Moscow Mule, you need a high-quality ginger beer with as little sugar as possible and a good sharpness. Ginger ale does NOT belong in an original Moscow Mule!
Experts agree: keep your hands off ginger ale. It's like Cuba Libre with Diet Coke. You can now get ginger beer in any well-stocked supermarket and in any beverage store or, of course, . It is much spicier, stronger, more aromatic and fizzier than ginger ale. The ginger beer adds the refreshing spiciness to the Moscow Mule and gives it its invigorating character. You should make sure that there is not too much sugar in the ginger beer - but that the taste is characterized by a nice, natural spiciness. Experimenting with the different varieties is expressly permitted!
Ginger beer is significantly more intense and sharper than ginger ale.
When buying fresh limes, you should only buy untreated fruit to avoid toxins ending up in your drink. Make sure the limes are a rich green color and have a firm, but not too hard consistency.
Tip for squeezing the lime: Many foods need to 'breathe' in order to develop their flavor. Some wines are poured into a decanter so that they are aerated before drinking. This also applies to freshly squeezed lime juice. Leave it to stand for a few hours to make it stronger, more balanced and more aromatic.
When buying limes for the Moscow Mule, make sure the fruit is a rich green color!
As already mentioned, the fact that the Moscow Mule is served in a copper mug is due to the history of its creation and was primarily for marketing purposes. However, the combination of Moscow Mule and copper mug still gives the cult cocktail a high recognition value today.
Nevertheless, the mule mug also serves a practical purpose: due to the excellent heat-conducting properties of copper, the ice melts more slowly and the cocktail stays cold for longer. The combination of cold and copper also ensures that more bubbles are created in the carbonated ginger beer - and the cocktail should therefore taste much more effervescent than in a conventional long drink glass.
Conclusion for enjoyment: lime juice, ginger beer, vodka - these three components must be brought to the point in terms of quality. Three perfect ingredients in perfect balance. While we leave the search for the right ginger beer and high-quality limes to you, we have a few recommendations for you here:
Recipes with gin:
Recipes with Vodka:
Non-alcoholic cocktail recipes:
Recipes with rum:
Recipes with whisky:
Recipes with grain:
Strong cocktails with multiple spirits:
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