Everyone has their own go-to adult beverage. I love the process of creating my own beverage (there’s something therapeutic about starting from nothing and ending with your own drink… You just appreciate it more). I also love slightly tart beverages that leave me feeling refreshed. Enter… The Moscow Mule.
As many of you know, I recently took on a new job as a church accompanist. I say accompanist because it involves playing piano, keyboard, and [attempting to play] the organ. When I took the job, I — in my naive state — thought it would be the easiest job in the world.
…This was before I realized what Easter would entail: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. Three for the price of one!
Now, I’m not going to complain because I know I had it way easier than most church accompanists (yay small churches!), but I will say that I’m definitely happy it’s over. Easter coincided with the the school musical I was accompanying, so there were several days when I would go from playing piano for Wizard of Oz to going to the church to practice Vivaldi and Faure and a variety of hymns. There were several days where I played for about 8 hours. Talk about tired fingers!!
That said, I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. There’s truly something wonderful about being paid to create music and, in the process, improve yourself.
However… That doesn’t mean I didn’t feel like a “treat yo self” adult beverage come the day after Easter/the first day of Spring Break!
The Moscow Mule is essentially three easy to work with ingredients: ginger beer (not ginger ale), lime, and vodka. This easy-to-assemble drink has its roots in friendship and desperation. The short version of the story is that the new owner of Smirnoff Vodka was trying to figure out how to market the Russian liquor to American audiences after World War II. He was commiserating with a friend who made Ginger Beer, when they decide to join forces. The drink, served with lime juice and lime wedge, was served in a copper mug that was sourced from another friend with a struggling business. They then went out and basically engineered its success by convincing bartenders to pose with the drink, and then using those photos to convince more bartenders (and eventually celebrities) to back this ‘exciting new drink.’ It’s since gone completely out of fashion, but just like bell bottom jeans, skinny ties, and bow ties, it’s making a comeback.
The hardest part of making this drink is finding Ginger Beer. Ginger Ale simply doesn’t work unless you like the taste of watered down tasteless tonic water. Ginger beer is generally not alcoholic, so you can find it in the mixer section or the soda section… Usually on the bottom shelf. You can probably also find it for sale at the liquor store if you live in a state like Tennessee that segregates it’s liquor from its soda.
Once you get your hands on some, it’s super easy. Simply:
Slice a lime in half, and then slice of a garnish.
Pour the ginger beer into a chilled copper mug (or glass) over ice. Squeeze half of the lime (or the whole lime if you’re a lime fan) and pour a shot of vodka into the drink and stir.
Drop the spent lime or a lime wedge, and serve with a lime garnish. If you want to get super fancy, include some mint garnish as well.
- 6 oz ginger beer
- Juice from half a lime
- 1.5 oz vodka
- Combine ingredients "on the rocks" in a chilled copper mug or chilled glass.
- Garnish with a lime slice and/or mint.
Based on the story of the Moscow mule, what better song than this theme song from Friends?