To date, three variations to the history of the Moscow Mule exist and the one commonality is John G. Martin, who was head of Heublin & Brothers back in the 1940s when the drink originated. He had recently purchased Smirnoff distillery and had an abundance of Vodka left in stock. His good friend, Jack Morgan owned a bar called Cock ’n’ Bull and was also in need of ridding of deadstock, that being ginger beer.
Now here is where the story becomes up in the air. Together the two would create the Moscow Mule but how the copper mug comes into play has everyone wondering. One considerable tale tells a story of a young Russian immigrant who walked into the bar, Cock ’n’ Bull, where Martin and Morgan were sitting, with copper mugs that her father was selling. A quick version of the story involves Morgan’s girlfriend who had recently inherited a business that made copper goods. Lastly, another version of the story that exists involved the president of the Smirnoff, Heublein’s Vodka division who was having drinks with the duo, except that story doesn’t end with copper mugs. Given that, in modern-day, the Moscow Mule is served in a copper mug and has inherited the capital of Russia in its name, it seems quite clear which story holds truth. Either way, it’s a delicious drink that is well known across the world.
- 2 oz Vodka
- 3-4 oz Ginger Beer
- 2 Lime Wedges
This is important: Using a COPPER MOSCOW MULE MUG, add crushed ice to the brim. Add the vodka, then the ginger beer. Squeeze the lime wedges into the drink before adding them to the mug and stir briefly.