Hope you all had a great weekend. We spent ours, all three of us, recovering from a nasty cold (Thanks to the Fruitaholic for that one. We’ve been working on our sharing, but this was not what I had in mind). We were so bummed to have to cancel all of our plans (a birthday party and a friend’s BBQ) but made the most of it by snuggling together on the couch and watching movies all weekend long. As pathetic as we sickies were, that part of it was actually pretty nice.
So once I was able to breathe and taste again, my first order of business was make up for a little bit of the debauchery we had missed over the weekend. I was introduced to the wonders of the Moscow Mule by my bestie, MC, when we took a trip to visit her a few months ago and I’ve been drinking them ever since.
The Moscow Mule is a cousin to the Dark and Stormy, and despite the name suggesting otherwise, it’s not actually a Russian drink. According to Wikipedia (go on and click over, it’s a fascinating read!), the Mule was created in the “Little Moscow” area of New York in the 1950′s. And as I learned the last time I went to Vegas, it is traditionally served in in a copper mug over crushed ice.
It’s a great, smooth, easily sippable, refreshing summer drink. Make sure you use a good quality ginger beer, not ale, since it has more of a strong ginger flavor. Ginger beer does not contain any alcohol.
- Smirnoff Vodka (or your vodka of choice)
- Cock N Bull Ginger Beer (Reed’s Ginger Brew is another choice)
Combine one part vodka with 3 to 4 parts ginger beer. Add 1 part lime juice. Serve over crushed ice and garnish with a lime wedge.
Enjoy your new favorite summer cocktail!