Rediscover the Moscow Mule
The Moscow Mule: vodka, ginger and lime. Simple, effective and perhaps underrated.
One of the most ordered cocktails worldwide and here is why.
The Moscow Mule was invented in the United States in 1941 when a liquor importer, John G. Martin and bar owner Jack Morgan both respectively had overstock of vodka and ginger beer.
Jack Morgan’s head bartender, Wes Price, took a shot at the dilemma and created the much appreciated Moscow Mule.
Built in the glass and with no bar tools required, it is quite comprehensible that this refreshing cocktail gained rapid popularity and is here to stay.
Let’s break it down: These days, there are two main ways to make a Moscow Mule. The traditional 3-ingredient recipe, and the ginger syrup variant. Both yielding delicious results.
But what is the difference between Ginger Beer and Ginger Ale?
One thing that both drinks strongly have in common is the ginger’s tang. But these beverages differ much in style.
While most commercial ginger ales are made by adding flavoured ginger syrup to carbonated water (and other additives), ginger beer is a brew made from fermenting fresh ginger, sugar, water and other raw ingredients such as lemon peel.
Ginger beer will be more spicy and will give a much stronger flavour while ginger ale is sweeter to the nose, smoother in aromas and not so spicy.
PUR 1642 MULE
GINGER SYRUP OPTION
Oftentimes, you will see cocktail recipes requiring ginger syrup. You can buy them in most grocery stores, kitchen and bar supply stores or even (crazy idea) you could DIY at home. One of our top spots to sip the thirst quenching Moscow Mule is at Taverne Midway, a bartending institution in Montreal since 1927. The top bartending team preps their own ginger syrup and generously shared their classic recipe with us.
Midway’s Moscow Mule
2 oz of Pur Vodka
1 oz of ginger syrup*
¾ oz of fresh lime juice
2 oz of Old Tyme Ginger Beer
Add Pur Vodka, the ginger syrup and the lime juice in a shaker filled with ice. Shake lightly and strain in a mule mug (or highball glass). Fill the mug with crushed ice and top with 2 oz of Old Tyme Ginger Beer. Garnish with a lime wheel.
MIDWAY’S HOMEMADE GINGER SYRUP*
100 ml fresh ginger juice
100 ml room temperature water
200 ml fine white sugar
¼ t table salt
Stir until complete dilution & keep in the fridge up to three weeks.
Homemade Pur Vodka mule
2 oz of Pur Vodka
½ oz of fresh lime juice
1 oz of homemade ginger syrup*
3 oz of carbonated water
Fill a Mule mug with ice, add all ingredients making sure the carbonated water is added in last. Gently stir to combine and garnish with a lime wheel and a mint bouquet.
Since 1941, multiple variations of the Moscow Mule have emerged. The “perfect serve” recipes vary according to region, personal taste, bar program or base spirit.
But one thing remains constant: the satisfactory feel of a crisp, fresh, Pur Vodka Moscow Mule!