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- Type of glass: Highball glass
- ABV: 5.13 %
- Year created: 1940
- Last updated: 01/07/15
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Recipe instructions for a Moscow Mule:
To make a Moscow Mule cocktail:
- Pour the vodka and the lime juice into a highball filled with ice.
- Top up with ginger beer.
- Garnish with a wedge of lime and serve with a stirrer.
Enjoy your Moscow Mule!
- This 1940s cocktail was the marketing idea of John G. Martin, who worked for Heublein & Co., a spirits distributor. In the 1930s, vodka was unknown in America, and in 1934 Martin bought the American rights to a Russian vodka, Smirnoff. The decision became known as "Martin's folly" so he set out to sell the "new" spirit around the West Coast. In Hollywood, he dined at the Cock 'n' Bull, owned by Jack Morgan, who had a glut of ginger beer stock. Morgan had a friend who had to offload some copper mugs. The three of them sat down and concocted the Moscow Mule, which was to be sold in a copper mug stamped with a kicking mule to warn of its kick.