2016 sees the resurgence of the Moscow Mule – vodka’s most popular cocktail, also known as a Vodka Buck. Think vodka, spicy ginger beer and lime juice garnished with a slice or wedge of lime which is traditionally served in a copper mug.
The cocktail became popular during the US vodka craze in the 1950’s. A recent New York Times trends story hailed 2016 as the comeback year for the Moscow Mule with the drink gaining popularity across bars in New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Louisville.
According to New York Times journalist, Robert Simonson, he’s seen an increase in demand for the Mule since attending a seminar on the history of vodka at Tales of the Cocktail, an annual convention in New Orleans.
GuestMetrics, a data analytics firm that tracks consumer spending, reported that Moscow Mule menu placements in 2015 increased by 60% over the previous year. Requests for the drink constituted more than 7% of all cocktail orders last year, making it nearly as popular as the Bloody Mary and the Mojito.
Legend has it that Jack Morgan, the owner of the Cock ‘n Bull tavern in San Francisco, had an excess of ginger beer at the same time as when John G. Martin of G.F. Heublein Brothers, Inc (an American East Coast spirits and food distributor based in Hartford, Connecticut) was trying to convince Americans that vodka was the new whiskey. Jack and John decided to mix their products and the Moscow Mule was born.
Belvedere, the world’s premier vodka brand has created its own homage to the Mule: How to mix your Polish Mule:
- Fill Collins/Mule Mug with ice
- Add 45ml of Belvedere Vodka
- 15ml of lime juice
- A dash Elderflower Syrup
- Add 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- Top with Ginger Beer
- Then garnish with a cucumber slide
Shake all the ingredients in a mixer, except for the ginger beer. Fine strain the mix over the ice cubes, top up with Ginger Beer and garnish with a cucumber slide.
The Moscow Mule helped make vodka famous, learn how to make this classic cocktail with Belvedere Unfiltered and Ginger Beer. Find this video and more at Belvedere Master Class – http://bit.ly/BVmcYT.