It's finally time for this month's Cocktail Hour with John, and we are making Moscow Mule! Known for it's strong ginger flavor and tangy citrus notes, the Moscow Mule is the Russian take on a buck (also known as a mule, mixed drinks with ginger beer or ale, citrus juice and one or several base liquors). It might be the easiest cocktail we have added to the repertoire so far, and it's perfect for those nights where you don't really want to make a lot of effort, but still make it taste like you did, you are having a party and need a welcome drink, or want to treat your loved ones, or special someone, to a little something that will make an asian/mexican/whatnot meal taste even better.
You don't have to make a sugar syrup, squeeze a ton of citrus or prepare anything at all really. Just mix and drink. And it tastes amazing!
to make two glasses of moscow mule you'll need
1 can ginger beer
2 generous splashes of vodka
Plenty of ice
John and I couldn't disagree more about the amount of vodka going into this drink, and that is why I haven't given you clearer measurements. I like mine with a little splash of vodka and a lot of ginger beer, while John makes them a lot stronger (to the point where I'm making weird faces while drinking tiny sips to make room for more ginger beer). Try a little and add more of you'd like!
John emphasizes that it's quite important to not mistake ginger beer and ginger ale as being the same. Ginger beer has a much more powerful ginger flavor, while ginger ale is lighter and not as strong. But other than that there are no traps you can fall into here. I know that there are plenty of recipes for Moscow Mule, but this one is my favourite (at least until a better recipe comes along). And its recidulously easy, no fancy tricks needed! See video for instructions ;)
a little tip
If you are having a hard time finding the ginger beer, it can be found in the American Section in big supermarkets! And yeah, stick your vodka in the freezer for a more delicious drink!
Now go grab a friend and make a cocktail.