The original Moscow Mule served in a copper mug

27 August 2015

Sometimes a product comes along and takes us totally by surprise with its popularity, possibly hitting a trend in the market at exactly the right moment that is often unexpected. We are constantly predicting trends, but sometimes an idea explodes and keeping up with that demand is usually challenging! But in this instance, all of us in the Forma office fell for this copper creation the moment it landed. I guess its rustic charm grabbed and welcomed us with open arms. That and the idea of trying a Moscow Mule Cocktail for the first time was pretty appealing and probably sealed the deal in all fairness!

The Mule itself evolved stateside back in the 1940’s in an attempt to make vodka the spirit of choice at the bar. And at this time, vodka was virtually unheard of – quite hard to believe today! How the copper mug came into play is a little hazy, but it’s believed 2000 were produced as a gimmick to help promote the drink to customers. Quite clearly a gimmick that stuck, because now it’s pretty much sacrilege to serve a Mule any other way!

There are many variations on the measurements of a traditional Moscow Mule, but the ingredients always stay the same... and following various taste tests :-) this is our favourite version -

Moscow Mule ingredients:
– 1 1/4 oz. Smirnoff vodka
– 3 oz. ginger beer
– 1 tsp. sugar syrup
– 1/4 oz. lime juice
– 1 sprig mint
– 1 slice lime
In a copper mug, pour vodka over ice. Add sugar syrup and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with mint sprig and lime slice.

We love how simple it is to prepare this classic cocktail, but for the adventurous amongst us, why not have a go at some of these delicious variations from The Huffington Post... cheers!

The Moscow Mule Mug by SPARQ Home is available from Mid Sept 2015

Moscow Mule Mug by SPARQ Home


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