A while back I made a comment to a local bartender that I had tried pretty much every drink on his menu at the time. "Except the mule. I don't do mules." He smirked knowingly and walked away. He quickly reappeared with what looked like a bottle of pop. It was a house made ginger beer that was bottled there at the bar. He then proceeded to make his version of a Moscow Mule.
"Try it," he instructed.
Humoring him, I took a sip. The joke was on me because it was delicious!
It was at that moment that I was reminded of that classic line from Sex and the City regarding the Cosmo:
Miranda: "Why did we ever stop drinking these?"
Carrie: "Because everyone else started."
At one time, I loved the Moscow Mule. It’s sweet with spice and everything nice. However, like many things that become popular, the demand goes up and the market becomes oversaturated. The quality becomes reduced for the sake of quantity. I suspect that soon we'll be seeing ginger beer coming out of the gun alongside coke and tonic. And what about that beautiful copper mug that we've come to associate with the Moscow Mule? Think back to the first time you picked up that shiny copper chalice. It felt so cool in your hand. How special it made you feel. Now every vodka brand has their own less than thrilling version.
Some companies, however, are trying to bring that specialness back to the mule. Recently I received a Mule Mug from Old & Urban. It came in a satin lined box, has a round hammered body with welded handles. Advertised as 100% copper, I knew this mug was exactly what I needed to reignite my Moscow Mule flame.
The Pomegranate Mule
From the Old & Urban website.
Filtered water Ice cubes
2 oz vodka
3 oz pomegranate juice
2 tsp of lime juice
Pomegranate arils for garnish
Mint stalk for garnish
Your Old&Urban Moscow Mule Mug
1. Fill your mug up half way with ice
2. Pour over the ice your vodka, pomegranate and lime juice
3. Add as many arils as you like to your drink
4. Top up with ginger beer
5. Add a mint stalk for its mild freshness and garnish
I love this recipe because it reminds me how flavorful and refreshing a mule can be. I used juice from pomegranates that I had left over from making grenadine. It was absolutely delish and the arils made for a killer garnish.
I encourage you to visit your own former cocktail love. It may be time to get reacquainted.
*Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. Please visit company website for product details and sales.*