A classic in copper…
Its that time of year when one of our favourite cocktails really comes into its own.
As we savour the last weekend of summer and look ahead to the coming autumn, the Moscow mule offers the perfect combination of vodka and ginger beer. A refreshing drink, full of flavour and aromas it is perfectly presented in one of our copper mugs.
But why a copper mug? Moscow mule purists know that tradition isn’t the only reason the drink is served in a copper mug. There are 3 very good reasons…
Temperature – The main advantage of using a copper mug is temperature control. We know that chilled drinks in copper cups offer an extra-cool sensation, due to the metal quickly conducting the icy temperature of the cocktail. The metal is highly effective at insulating the cold temperature of any liquid, especially good for late summertime drinking, and deflecting heat from the afternoon sun.
Taste – The taste benefits are less obvious, and will vary, depending on the recipe you use. There are, however, many bartenders who believe that using copper mugs for Moscow Mules enhances the individual flavors of the ginger beer, vodka and garnishes. Some experts even say that when vodka touches the walls of the mug, the copper begins to oxidise, slightly boosting the aroma, and enhancing the taste of the vodka.
Experience – For us, the most obvious reason to use copper mugs for a Moscow Mule is the presentation. After all we eat and drink with our eyes too! A Martini just doesn’t seem right unless it’s served in the classic, stemmed glass vortex, with the spirits swirling around a sunken olive. The same is true for any well made drink.
Indeed, it it even a true Moscow mule if it isn’t served in an iconic copper mug?
Time to make one!
- 50ml vodka
- crushed ice
- 150-200ml ginger beer
- few dashes of ginger bitters
Pour the vodka into a copper mug. Load up ¾ full with crushed ice, then fill to the top with the ginger beer and stir gently to combine. Serve with a sprig of mint to garnish and the lime to squeeze over.